Friday, February 26, 2010

Roq La Rue Shirts!

...Now available! Info right here.
(I stole the photo from the Roq website).

Thursday, February 25, 2010

In My Garden Today

I saw this guy in my garden today. I turned around slowly to grab my camera but then he was gone. Cute though. Never seen a Grey Wagtail in the city before.
(Photo: Wikipedia)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Revamped Femtasia!

The digital homeworld of my painted creatures and characters has been restyled and updated! I made my website slightly broader, the examples of my artwork larger, added four new fine art giclée prints to the shop and also had a t-shirt printed. Yippee! Go and have a look at the new and fresh Femtasia!
Mr. Fox; 'greyish green' print on black tee for the guys, 'powder pink' on black tee for the girls.

'Death Of A Ghost', one of the four new fine art giclée prints!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Dakko-chan

Finally! As I already hinted in the last post; the mystery Winky Doll has a name thanks to the web searching skills of colleague José. May I introduce you to... 'Dakko-chan'!

Dakko-chan (literally: 'embraceable') first saw the light of day in Japan. The inflatable character became an instant craze in the early 1960's when a teenage girl clenched the 12" winky doll to her arm while she was strolling around the popular shopping district Ginza, in Tokyo. Dakko-chan, available in a girl (hair bow) and a boy (no bow) version, was designed to be a small kids toy but became immensely popular amongst teenagers and young mothers. In two months 300,000 pieces were sold and in no-time the demand outran the production of 7000 pieces a day. Customers formed long queues at the stores in order to get their hands on a 50¢ Dakko-chan.

Dakko-chan was invented by Yoshihiro Suda, for Japan's toymaking Tsukudaya Company. The stereotype ethnic design of the character was explained by Japanese intellectuals as the rising popularity of jazz music in Japan of that time. Novelist Tensei Kawano stated (quote): "We of the younger generation are outcasts from politics and society. In a way we are like negroes, who have a long record of oppression and misunderstanding, and we feel akin to them."

Monday, February 15, 2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

What A Circus

I'm the kind of girl who's happy when given the gift of paper. Decorative paper, to be more exact, like this adorable vintage design from India. Cheap printing, subjects slightly out of focus, dull colours, great scenes. It's wonderful.


(Thanks Miss J, N & A!)

The First

Today, February 4, I was surprised to hear the Blackbird sing his first song. He sounded a little shaky, singing only short phrases, as if he also thought it was in fact still too cold to be announcing the spring.
(Link to older post about Blackbirds, Photo from Wikipedia)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Winky Dolls, part deux

Unfortunately I can't give any new information about the origin of the Winky Doll (see two former posts). I wrote to Cressi and searched the web but both without result. When I talk to colleagues or friends about this doll they all know or recognize it and in most cases even own one.
Finding photo's of the Winky Doll is not a problem, answers is. When and where was this character first made and for what purpose? Does it have a name? I'm still not sure if it's a he or a she I'm looking at? I was lead to trails of other toys that hail from a time when ethnic correctness wasn't an issue (like the Golliwog character for example). Perhaps the question about whether to look at Winky Dolls -and characters the like- as racism or as a cultural tradition stands in the way of finding answers.

(Photo: Ntama)