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Interview: Nanuka

Buenas tardes a todos!

Aquí os dejamos una entrevista que le hicimos a nuestra amiga Nanuka Naiara Moncada hace unos días.

Ella estará con nosotros exponiendo su Trabajo “Micromundos”

Todo un placer tenerte con nosotros en BCEU2017!

*Cuando y como descubriste el mundo Blythe??
Fue en el 2004, vi una serie de fotografías de ellas, pero en ese momento no pensé ni que se pudieran comprar, y no fue hasta el 2006, cuando volvieron a cruzarse en mi camino, y gracias a un reportaje pude investigar sobre ellas, y descubrir dónde podía comprarlas. Recuerdo de ese momento dos cosas, como pesaba su cabeza y que llegó un Miercoles, y el Viernes ya estaba en piezas para poder explorarla. 😛

*Que te atrae del mundo Blythe??
Lo primero que me atrajo de ellas es su rostro. Era mirarlas y sentir…, como si estuvieran dispuestas a que las diese una nueva vida o crear todo un mundo a su alrededor. No es solo una muñeca, ha conseguido que muchas personas logren cosas maravillosas y crear todo un universo a su alrededor.

*Que cosas positivas te ha aportado??
Todo. Me ha enseñado a no tener miedos, a aprender y utilizar técnicas con ellas que jamás pensé. Me ha dado ilusión por poder crear a través de ella cosas que antes solo estaban en mi cabeza.

*Cuantas muñecas tienes?
Buena pregunta. En cuanto a Blythe se refiere, si contamos las que están montadas y las que no…unas doce.

*Cual es tu ocupación principal?
Cuando empecé hace once años, combinaba la arquitectura de interiores con las muñecas. Sacrificaba mis horas libres y fines de semana, para poder realizar encargos, o trabajos personales. Pero actualmente ellas ocupan el 80% de mi tiempo laboral. Sigo realizando interiorismo, de hecho, algo que realmente me emociona, es haber podido juntar mis dos trabajos que son mis dos pasiones. El último año y medio, el crear mi propio estudio. Me ha robado mucho tiempo, pero era necesario para poder crecer y llevar mi imaginario a otra escala. ^^

*Tu formación académica tiene que ver con el arte?? *Cuales son las disciplinas que trabajas?
Estudié artes plásticas y arquitectura de interiores. Venía ya de la rama artística pero fueron esos últimos años en los que pude volcarme más en la escultura, estudio de la iluminación, paisajismo, escaparatismo, así como el aprendizaje de diferentes profesiones como carpintería, electricidad, fontanería,… para hacer obras de interior. Estos conocimientos me han sido muy útiles para trabajar a pequeña escala.

*Eres una artista polifacética: pintura, escultura, diseño, decoración,… Con que te quedas??
Con un buen coctel de todas ellas. Son como los dedos de la mano, a ver cual me corto… XD, pues si me falta una de ellas, el resultado no sería el mismo.

*Como y cuando nació Nanuka Factory?
Nanuka como tal, vino conmigo desde el primer día en el mundo Blythe, a los pocos meses empecé a tomar encargos, subastar… pero unos años después, noté que necesitaba más. Soñaba despierta imaginando una fábrica de muñecas y poder dedicar todo mi tiempo a ellas, y hice un dibujo de mi fábrica soñada, de ahí vino el nombre de Nanuka Factory, de un sueño. Gracias a mucho esfuerzo, en 2016 pude cumplir ese sueño, creando un espacio multifuncional de 200m2 en el que desarrollar mis trabajos y poder realizar exposiciones y talleres de diferentes disciplinas. Un espacio que pronto inauguraré oficialmente, pero que ya se puede visitar bajo cita previa en Bilbao.

*Cual fue tu primer proyecto?
Una miniyo. 😛

*Que proceso utilizas para idear una obra? Como inicias el proyecto?
Primero trabajo sobre papel, realizo bocetos, planos, patrones y un esquema de materiales, procesos o técnicas para calcular los tiempos. Es una fase de la que disfruto mucho, porque es donde más te emocionas pensando lo que puedes hacer.

*Los materiales que utilizas en ellas surgen a la par que la idea?
Procuro que así sea, porque si no tengo pensado desde un principio como lo voy hacer, el trabajo puede eternizarse. Aunque muchas veces me ha pasado el comprar unos materiales, tenerlo todo preparado, y de repente enamorarte de algo que has visto sin esperarlo, entonces merece la pena esperar un poco, y hacer pruebas con ambos para ver que te gusta mas. 😛

*Cuales han sido tus mayores retos en estos años?
Muchos. He tenido customs muy complicadas de hacer, todas las que no era solo la muñeca, y se veían sumergidas en mundos imaginarios con artilugios mecánicos eran muy costosas. Pero sin dudas las escenografías grandes, como el faro, las casas árbol….eran todo un reto. Pensar en cómo debían ser desmontables, materiales, pesos…. Hacer muchas pruebas, cometer errores hasta que consigues lo que quieres.

*Cual es tu creación por la que te sientes más vinculada?? *Cual ha sido la creación de la que te ha sido más difícil desprenderte o de la que nunca lo harías??
Cada vez que hago una pieza, siento la necesidad de quedármela para mí, jajajaja. La hago con todo el cariño del mundo, y siempre me cuesta desvincularme de ellas. Pero se que van a hogares en los que serán muy queridas. ^^

*Que deseas trasmitir a través de tus creaciones?
Son una puerta abierta a mi cabeza, parte de mi, de como soy. Busco que les puedan transportar a otro mundo, les saque una sonrisa, o les emocione.

*Que proyectos tienes pendientes o para el futuro??
Ampliar mi colección de casas árbol y algunos encargos maravillosos para los próximos meses. Pero sobre todo, terminar mi propia muñeca, en la cual llevo trabajando en los últimos años, y con la obra del estudio he tenido que parar. Se llamará “Maravilla”, todo tiene un porqué, pero esa historia ya os la contaré. ^_^

*Que podremos ver en la exposición Micromundos??
Mundos imaginarios que se conectan entre sí. Grandes escenografías y muñecas que se sumergen en un mundo de fantasía lleno de historias.

*Alguna de tus creaciones estará a la venta??
Si, tanto escenografías grandes y pequeñas, como muñecas.

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Good Afternoon!

Here an interview we did to our Friend Nanuka, who will be ith us with a special Demonstration “Micromundos”

A big pleasure you are with us!

How and when did you discover Blythe?
It was in 2004, when I saw some photos of them. Back then I didn’t even know I could buy them, and it was later on, in 2006, when they crossed my path again, and thanks to an interview I started investigating them, and discovered where I could buy them.
I remember two things of that moment: that she arrived on Wednesday, and that she was in pieces by Friday.

What attracts you from the Blythe world?
First thing was their face. I looked at them and felt they were willing to be given new life, or have a world created around them. It’s not just a doll. It’s made many people do great things and create a whole new universe around them.

What positive things have they brought you?
Everything. It’s taught me not to be afraid , to learn and use techniques with them I never thought I would. And I’ve created things through Blythe that before were only in my head.

How many dolls do you have?
Good question. If we count the Blythe I have put together and the ones in pieces, I have around 12.

What’s your main occupation?
When I started 11 years ago, I combined interior design with the dolls. I sacrificed my free time and weekends so I could complete commissions, or do what I wanted to do with them. But now they occupy around 80% of my working time. I still do some interior design, and what really excites me is that I have merged my two jobs, which are my two passions. I created my own studio during the last year and a half. It’s taken a long time, but it was necessary to grow and take my imaginary world to a new scale.

Did you study anything that had to do with art?
Which disciplines do you use?
I studied artistic interior design. I had already focused on artistic studies but it was during those last years of my college education when I could do more sculpture, learn about illumination, landscaping, window display, and learn about plumbing, electricity, etc, so I could be prepared for designing interiors properly. This knowledge has been very useful to work later at a smaller scale.

You are a multi faceted artist: painting, sculpture, design, decoration….what do you prefer?
It’s a good cocktail, all that. I wouldn’t know what to choose, because they complete each other.

How and when was Nanuka Factory born?
Nanuka was born since day one of me coming into Blythe world. Only months later I started doing commissions and doing my own dolls, and later selling them. But years later I felt I needed to do more. I day dreamed about a doll factory and dedicating all my time to them. And I designed my dream factory. That’s where the name came from.
Thanks to a lot of effort, I could make that dream come true in 2016, creating a 200m2 space where I could develop my work, have expos, and give different workshops. A space in Bilbao that will be soon officially inaugurated, but can already be visited already, making an appointment beforehand.

Which was your first project?
A mini me.

What process do you use to start a project? How do you start?
First I plan on paper, making sketches and stuff, and calculating materials and time I will need. It’s very exciting cause to plan what will come to life.

The materials you use come up as the ideas is being born?
I try to do it that way, to make the process easier, and shorter. Although sometimes something unexpectedly lovely comes up and has to be introduced in the project. Then it’s worth to try both ways, the planned one and the unexpected, and see what works best.

What have been your biggest challenges these years?
Many. Some dolls were very complicated due to what they had around them, things mechanical, hard to make. And of course the big stuff, like the light house, the tree houses, those were big challenges. It’s a long process.

Which is the creation you have bonded with more?
Which one has been the hardest to let go, or the one you’d never let go of?
Each time I make a doll or a piece, I feel like keeping it. There’s a lot of love in them and it’s hard to let go of them. But I know they’ll be loved in their new homes.

What do you want to transmit with your creations?
They’re an open door to my head. I want them to be able to take you to another world, make people smile, or make them feel something inside.

What are your projects for the future?
I want to make my tree house collection bigger and complete some lovely commissions in the upcoming months. But above all, finish my own doll, in which I’ve been working on and off during the last years, having to stop completely during the building of my own studio. Her name will be “Maravilla”, and there’s a reason for it, but I’ll tell you some other time.

What can we find in the Microworlds expo?
Imaginary worlds connected with each other, bigger scenes, and dolls diving in a fantasy world full of tales.

Are your creations going to be for sale?
Yes, both big scenes and smaller things, such as dolls.

Thank you so much Nanuka! We can’t wait!

Meet vendor: Shabby Village Bunny

Name: Andrea

Shop name: Shabby Village Bunny
Shop/website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShabbyVillageBunny

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Germany based Andrea Kopacikova, most known as Shabby Village Bunny, is participating at BCEU2017 Málaga.

Her work is simply amazing!

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When and How you started in the Blythe Hobby / Community?
I started this hobby in the year 2000. and I started with customizing in 2015

Why did you start creating your own blythe Stuff / making your own customs?
I fell in love custom Blythe from the first moment. I started to customized only for myself, but
many people have asked me if I did not do also for them too.
Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration is life around me and still desire to learn something new

Which kind of stuff will you offer at your stand?
OOAK Custom Blythe Girls and fully outfits

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Nombre: Andrea
Nombre de su tienda: Shabby Village Bunny
Tienda/website: https://www.etsy.com/es/shop/ShabbyVillageBunny

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La artista Andrea Kopacikova, mas conocida como Shabby Village Bunny, estará con nosotros en el próximo BCEU 2017!
Su trabajo es espectacular!

Aquí su pequeña entrevista.

¿Cuándo y cómo te uniste a la comunidad Blythe?
Empecé en el hobby en en año 2000 y como customizadora en 2015.

¿Por qué razón comenzaste a crear o customizar Blythe?
Me enamoré de las muñecas Blythe customizadas desde el primer momento, empecé a customizar para mi, pero mucha gente empezó a pedirme customs para ellos también.

¿Dónde encuentras tu inspiración?
Mi inspiración es la vida que me rodea y el deseo de seguir aprendiendo continuamente.

¿Qué artículos ofrecerás en tu mesa?
Algunas Blythe Custom y Outfits

Interview with vendor MforMonkey

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Name: Maria
Shop: MforMonkey
Website: http://www.mformonkey.com

Could you please introduce yourself to all BCEU attendees?
Hello there! My name is Mary and I love crafting more than anything else. I’m living my dream job, working full time creating doll clothes and tiny dollies.

I wish for my doll clothes to be realistic but also fun and easy to wear. I love making things that can be mix and match with other clothes to create unique looks for your dolls.

How and when did you join the Blythe community?
I met them at Bologna’s children book Fair in 2002, they had a booklet of Gina Garan’s book at Hasbro’s stall. It was an instant love crush.  I got my first Blythe back in February 2004 and joined the forums around a year later.

Why did you start customizing / sewing / crafting?
I’ve been crafting all my life, ever since I was a kid I loved playing with clay and play dough, making tiny creatures or items. I also enjoyed drawing and painting. I began sewing for Blythe right away after receiving my first doll. Her name is Caroline and she was an SBL Velvet Minuet that I still keep. Mostly started like many back then trying out Bratz and Barbie clothes but couldn’t find anything that I really liked and it was not as easy as nowadays to find cute clothes for them, so I started making my own clothes.

Thanks to that first step I began taking sewing and pattern making classes at a civic centre in 2004. This lead to decide becoming a seamstress so I entered ‘Escola de la Dona’ here in Barcelona in 2006. I have my amazing teachers to thank for everything I learned and all the wonderful classes I took there.

MforMonkey was created in January 2006 with my first crochet hoodie custom order. Back then I was sewing clothes only for my own girls and it wasn’t until a year later that I started taking custom orders for clothes as well.

I’ve been customising since I got my first Blythe too, but so sporadically that I still have lots to learn. 🙂

Where do you find your inspiration?
Mostly from movies or TV series costumes, books, images that strike you and send your imagination to fly, some contemporary clothes I like. Fabrics talk to me at shops too, sometimes they will give you an idea for an outfit right on the spot. I also like starting from a period costume and turn it into something more close to today’s everyday wearing (like with the Keats pants). Everything can be a source of inspiration if your eyes are open and you let yourself be surprised by the small things around you.

What will you offer us in your stall?
Some Lederhosen sets, as well as some new cape sets are on the sewing table right now. I’m also working on more Woodland themed outfits, like the Bear sets and some MiniCamille’s too.

Lastly, could you tell us about your next projects?
I’m currently working on the Mushroom set for BCEU’s exhibition. There are some ideas for new sets I hope to finish too, and then start preparing BCUK’s clothes!

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