Friday, October 26, 2012
I'd like to introduce myself...
My name is Jenny Smith and I am a Plush Artist from Los Angeles. I have been making plush for over a year and before that I was making traditional teddy bears for a long time! I found that as a teddy bear artist, I was one of the youngest(read hippest) and I never quite fit into their subculture, so I took my teddy bear skills and now I am designing and handmaking my own plush.
I am originally from Canada(Vancouver, B.C.) but I have been in West Hollywood for almost two years now and I am loving it. I don't have to shovel my driveway anymore!
My plush are currently for sale at the L.A. MOCA and at Crompton Collective in Worcester, MA. I also do big craft shows here in L.A. and I have an online shop.
I love making plush and I feel that it was something that I am meant to do, as it fulfills my creative spirit. If I am not crafting, I don't feel like I am fully living. My friends that have known me since I was a child are not surprised at this path that I have taken. They know that it suits me.
Today, I am dealing with the rejection of not getting into the holiday craft show that I wanted to be in. I got into one, but not both of the ones that I had chosen. I keep telling myself that it's their loss and that it's a reason to pursue other avenues this holiday season, such as a few retail shops that would like to sell my softies, and some smaller craft sales.