3.27.2013

Kathleen Voigt - Yeti Groper & QA.

I heard big things were coming. I heard that this one was going to be bigger than "Heartsy Fartsy", by Kathleen Voigt, in her second time out customizing groper. So when I received her email saying she was finished, I was floored by what I saw inside! Not only did she customize groper into a Yeti, but she gave him a snowy base to tromp around on and dead goat to tote around. Haha. I decided to pose a few questions to Kathleen to see what she had to say.

Be sure to check out all the pics below this quick Q&A!

Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a 27 year young, self taught artist from Germany. I actually graduated after a 3 year apprenticeship at the age of 19 in a business of the corporate world and worked there for 5 more years until i moved to the Sunny State of Florida in 2009, and have been able to let my creative side fully flourish since then. My artwork expresses pretty much the person I am – shiny, happy and colorful all the way. ^_^

What is your sculpting / painting background?
I found my passion for sculpting about 3.5 years ago, shortly after i found out about Designer Toys and their different DIY platforms, which is the reason i tried out sculpting in the first place! But more on that later... Until that point, i used to draw and paint in my spare time and now enjoy the beauty of both skills combined in my pieces.

I am also fascinated with the beauty of Mother Nature and Mythology / Fantasy, which most often reflects in my work of whimsically big eyed, cartoony, yet still realistic pieces of art on different media (canvas, paper, sculptures).

What draws you to designer toys?

Since my early childhood I had a big interest in art and also never lost the child in me. Designer Toys are simply the perfect combo of 3-D art and playfulness and just a wonderful way to decorate your home with relatively affordable artwork from such a huge variety of amazing Designers and Artists. With a bit over 150 pieces, I might not have the biggest collection, but I really enjoy looking at my little guys all around the house day in and day out :)

You can see them all here on Rotocasted btw., a wonderful online library for Designer Toys

http://rotocasted.com/SillyK/collection/

How many customs have you done?
Good question! Let me think and count in my head for a second...Ok, here in order they come:

First DYI platform was a Raffy, then a 8 inch Qee, 3 mini Doppelganger as 1 piece, 3 x 7 inch Munnies, 1 Mini Munny, 2 GROPERS ;) and right now i am working on my very first 3 inch Dunny Custom.
Sooo, that is a total of 10. But i can assure you, with time, many more will come.

This is your second groper sculpt. You've gone way over the top both times. What about groper inspires you?
I actually hadn't worked on any custom toys in over a year, since I focused a bit more on drawing/coloring. But then back in January, a very good friend of mine secretly ordered me one of your Gropers and when i opened the package I was baffled about this awesome figure and was hooked right away! I needed to get working on it immediately!

First of all, the quality if this thing is just superb as it is a solid, heavy resin piece with so much detail  especially the hair/fur was so striking, that i sat there and ran my fingers over Groper's back several times and basically "pet" him. I also love the fact, that the hands and teeth come separately, which doesn't only give me so many more customizing possibilities, but also makes the painting process so much easier! (*These are the reasons he's sold this way.*)

He is just such a goofy, little bit perverted character, that i can't get tired of him and i really want to do a third Groper Custom. (*Don't we all?!*)

You run an etsy site too, what can people find there?
A while back I had some of my own resin figures on there, but due to the very limited runs of only 1 to 3 pieces, the bigger pieces are sold out at this time and a couple of them are placed at a gallery in Miami.

My store has a  have a few mini Owls left and besides that, it offers Magnets and wearable Art. All my Items are handmade, all one of a kind, colorful hand painted and with love to the detail.

I also opened a shop on Storenvy.com for my upcoming Customs, but at this time i haven't any items listed on there.

seriouslysillygirl.storenvy.com

Really great answers!  Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself, and even more thanks for helping support Triplikid through your work. Ok, finally, some pics!!


YETI GROPER













OTHER CUSTOMS




Personal Work







Can't wait to see what else you do!!  Thanks again!!






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