Saturday, January 30, 2010

- In the Works - Leprechaun

leprechaun minifolk quilled figurine


Art pieces like Captain Jonas take quite a while to design and complete. So many little bits of paper and hidden details. I love working on them as piecework is so cathartic to me, but I find I have to work on some single folk as well so I can feel like I'm getting things done.

The little guy in the post picture is the figurine for a new art piece. I really love his hat. I like making hats. They really, er, top off an outfit. He's a leprechaun and the plan is to add a pot of gold and hopefully a rainbow. The rainbow will be a little tricky, but I have a few ideas. I hope to get him done before St. Patrick's day.

So I have a question for you:
What should I name him? Leave a comment if you have a suggestion.

Friday, January 29, 2010

PRESS!!!



Minifolk and I got our first feature here in Yoboseiyo's Craft Ninja Series! The little people are gaining a following. It's so exciting. Yay!

Photo courtesy of Yoboseiyo.

Friday, January 15, 2010

- Captain Jonas and Sammy the Parrot -

- captain jonas the pirate and sammy the parrot minifolk quilled sculpture figurine -


Avast, here be a scallywag
a pirating buccaneer.
Captain Jonas's name is well-known
and never fails to inspire fear.
ARGH!


I was calling him 'project argh-some'. I don't like to give everything away at once. He's a larger piece, mounted to a chunky 4" wooden base. His vest is made from one of the papers I got from a local paper shop. It's a little touch that I'm proud of. (go, indies!) There is a process a piece goes through for me. When he made the final turn into a real finished piece, I did a little happy dance in my chair.

Captain Jonas on Etsy

Monday, January 11, 2010

A Note



I enjoyed writing the 5 Ws series here at Minifolk Lore. I hope you enjoyed reading it. This is just a short post to let you know that it was inspired by Tara of Scoutie Girl's ebook called Blogging Your Passion. It's a 52-week guide to crafting blog posts with some effectiveness and/or focus. At first the idea seemed very restricted to me, but focused posting is actually kind of liberating. You know what your writing about and can use your creativity to present it in interesting ways.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

- The 5 Ws of Minifolk | How -

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The final installment of the 5 Ws of Minifolk series, Yes, this is a 6th question that actually starts with an 'h'. I like you so much, I'm giving you a bonus.
Enjoy!

>How?

  • do you make Minifolk?

  • do I order custom figurines?

  • do I keep in touch with the happenings of you and the little people...er, Minifolk?

  • did you stop watching Lost?


Without getting too specific, I will say that I design each doll and create them using a technique called quilling. I slice strips of acid-free paper and roll them while watching TV or listening to podcasts. I try to add a little detail or two to each one, to give them a sort of personality.

You can convo me through Etsy, send me an email, or tweet me. When considering ordering a custom Minifolk, please have the following information handy: gender, hair color, skin color and outfit idea. If you have a picture, that would be grand.

As far as keeping in touch, you can subscribe to this blog, there's a 'follow' box in the sidebar if you use Google Reader. Or you follow me on Twitter. You can also become a fan of Minifolk on Facebook. As the ideas become more of a reality, I will also be setting up an email newsletter. An announcement will be posted here, Facebook and on Twitter when the time comes.

My brothers and I stopped watching Lost after season 4...completely. cold. turkey. I'm kinda proud of this. If it ends well, I may go back and watch the seasons I skipped.

Thanks so much for reading through this series of posts. I hope you now have a better understanding of Minifolk and me, Rebecca.
:)

Friday, January 8, 2010

- The 5 Ws of Minifolk | Why -




Continuing the 5 Ws series answering the Why of Minifolk. Included are three questions relevant to the figurines...and one about me. Enjoy!

Why?
  • use paper?

  • make people?

  • are the figurines faceless?

  • don't you like Keanu Reeves?

This one is tricky. Hmm...because they're CUTE! And a little bad...as in wicked good.
Paper is my first love as far as crafty supplies are concerned. Once upon a time I made angel ornaments. I love trying to form 3-d items out of paper because it such a flat thing to begin with but has such nearly limitless potential.

Why make people? This one is tricky. Hmm...because they're CUTE! And a little bad...as in wicked good. And I guess because I always notice things about people. I like to make up names. I have an imagination grounded in realism, though...being the child of math majors. People have just enough boundaries for me to tinker with hair or skin tones, clothing ideas and such but stay true to what is.

I was gonna give them faces initially. But, well, my drawing skills are a little limited. I think faceless that it fits with the style of Minifolk, too. Sort of astutely elementary.

And about Keanu Reeves...have you seen Sweet November? 'Nuff said.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

- The 5 Ws of Minifolk | Where -



Continuing the 5 Ws of Minifolk series, answering the question, where?
Enjoy!

Where?
  • are Minifolk created?

  • can I purchase them?

  • do you see yourself in 10 years?


I do all of my slicing, rolling and gluing in my home. I don't really have a studio...I do have a TV tray or two. I claim a corner of a room and work until my back hurts. It's love, I say.

Minifolk figurines will be available on Etsy. You can also see photos of figurines past and present on Flickr.

In ten years I see myself...being 33, hehe. I laugh, but it also freaks me the heck out. I hope I'm able to find a place for my art, for such is Minifolk to me. One thing that is pressing on me the more involved I get in the indie craft movement is how much representation of it is lacking in my area. Crafting is embraced, we have our share of craft stores and knitting groups. But younger crafters/artists/designers whose work isn't 'traditional' leave the area for the cities. I'd love to give the people of CT a place to check out those cool works.

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Tomorrow, find out about the 'Why' of Minifolk.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

- The 5 Ws of Minifolk | When -

desk.shot- 7/7


When?
  • Did the idea start?

  • Did you start crafting?

  • Can I buy a bunch of them?


The idea started in the summer of 2009. I was making a video for a Etsy contest. (Minifolk are famous, you know?) I needed people to put in that video. So I spent much of the weeks of the Tour de France slicing and rolling paper into people. The video was a hit. It placed 5th in the contest.

Etsy friend (and puppeteer extraordinaire) Staceyrebecca suggested that I offer them to the public. After much thought, product sourcing and trying to come up with perfect name...here they are!

As to getting a bunch of them...check out the Minifolk Etsy shop now! I'm having a lot of fun creating these. I hope you enjoy watching the collection grow as well.

Check back tomorrow to find out the 'Where' of Minifolk.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

- The 5 W's of Minifolk | What -



When I was in elementary school, my teacher taught about writing a report and answering the five W's- who, what, when, where, and why. (I added 'how' because...it's important, too.) You may be asking, "What's the deal with Minifolk?" Let these posts give you some answers.

What?
  • is Minifolk?

  • are they made of?

  • inspires you?

  • if I have more than one...is it still Minifolk?


You may call them, 'little people'. But we call them Minifolk! Each one is a small figurine around 4" tall made from hand-cut strips of acid-free paper. If you have more than one, you could call it 'love'. hehe

I'm inspired by...well, everything is too broad, but I'm not sure I can definitely pin down my inspiration to one certain thing. I like 'traditional' techniques a lot. Quilling has been around for centuries. I use macrame in my jewelry. I also like using those techniques to create contemporary or non-traditional pieces. So I guess that's what propels me in a way. Using an old technique to form something relatively new.

- important info -
Please note that while each figurine is glued to a wooden base and is pretty sturdy, they are not intended for rigorous play especially by children under the age of 12. They are susceptible to water and fire damage, so don't take them camping or swimming. :)

Tomorrow find out the 'when' of Minifolk.

Monday, January 4, 2010

- The 5 W's of Minifolk | Who -


When I was in elementary school, my teacher taught about writing a report and answering the five W's- who, what, when, where, and why. (I added 'how' because...it's important, too.) You may be asking, "What's the deal with Minifolk?" Let these posts give you some answers.

Who
  • is the person behind the little people?

  • comes up with the ideas?

  • rolls the paper?

  • enjoys British period dramas to the point of near obsession?

Me, Rebecca of Not Rachel. I'm a 23-year-old college student, living in Connecticut, watching Masterpiece Theater movies regularly.

I've been creative for most of my life- potholders at age 7, angel ornaments at 13, clothes at 16, jewelry at 19. Creating is my passion. I feel so at home in the indie craft world.

And I do welcome the suggestions of you all! If you ever have an idea for a figurine, drop me an email or tweet.

Tomorrow find out the 'what' of Minifolk.