Like a child with a sweet tooth drooling on a jar of rainbow candies, I am drawn to craft shows, which seem to promise fortunes with eye-candy products. As a visual artist, I tend to think that I can make almost everything and anything that are on display at an art & design storefront. This dangerous and overly pretentiousness has been an ongoing bitter sweet problem because (1)- I can never buy a product that wows me, and (2)- I always waste time & money by attempting to re/make it. Regardless, I don't think I can ever get my tongue off the sweetness of crafting, because it gives me a tremendous JOY making things for the sake of just making. Plus, I get to hang out with good friends who share similar passion for pop-up storefront, and when weather permits, it can be quite magical.
|LittlEmotions with Nayoun, Toronto 2011|
|Chez-Toi with Lan, Toronto 2013|
|This tear shaped plush is very gentle with blushing cheeks and squinted
ZingZing carries a tissue in his back-pocket for your tears of joy and sorrow.
(you can add letters, pictures, anything else you want in it!)
|First craft show with Zing Zing family, Montreal 2009|
The Zing Zings evolved as I continued to show them in Toronto. In an attempt to raise the price, I replaced the tissue paper in the back-pocket with a handkerchief. Although I was confident that the $5 jack-up would make the product more valuable and desirable, I learned a lesson by coming back home with all my stock of Zing Zings, which were desired by so many potential customers who walked away after reading the price tag.
|I cuddle with you when you cry watching a sad movie, catch a cold, or even when you have a broken heart.|
Perhaps I should've done this full-time, without guilt, then I now would probably be the 'mother' of factory-made Zing Zings, exporting overseas and making good profit. (hmmm.. maybe it's not too late..?) Juggling with time in writing applications, making work, showing at exhibitions, energy-draining part-time job, house chores, and bla bla bla, I continued to drift in the wonder of craft art, yet this time I decided to make 'functional artworks'.
|The birth of 'Tick-Tock Canvas', Toronto 2013|
But I managed to do it. And most of them really were painted with the placement of clock-hands in mind, so they worked well as finished products. I also used sweep movement mechanism that tick-tocks in silent because I believe a painting should only talk/scream/whisper visually...
|Some of the early designs of the 'Tick-Tock Canvas' ©2013 JMinStudio|
|Zing Zing (ZZ-005) ©2009 Zihhy|
With the start of this blog, I hope I finally get to distinguish my two lives, and keep producing whether it is escapism, distraction, or guilty pleasure. Who knows, this current & ongoing struggle might just be a long process for a much bigger project in near future.
In the end, life is like a jar of candies (or a box of chocolate!), you never know what you're gonna get. I just gotta pick it up and suck it, till I find out.