Illustrator and painter, smitten with romance and daydreams, Monika Viktoria is hoping to get her first ever art toy manufactured. The transition from 2D medium to a 3D art toy, Monika has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in order to help her dream come true. Production powered by our friends and site sponsors Made by Cooper the prototype has already been sculpted.
I have been transitioning from a toy-customiser and illustrator to working on my own toy brand, Moss Dolls. Inspired by the helpful little forest creatures encountered in many video-games and anime, like the Koroks in Legend of Zelda or the Kodama in Princess Mononoke, I imagined a tiny moss-spirit living deep within the woods… that is, a Bryophyte.
Working with established custom-toy company Made by Cooper in the UK to bring my Bryophyte design to life, I have approved his prototype and we are ready to make this little Moss a reality!
The first of his kind, the Singing Bryophyte is a shy and mysterious creature. Covered in tubular lichens, mosses, and fungi, he is an integral part of the ecosystem surrounding his habitat. Not much is known about them yet scientifically…
Made from poly-resin, each Bryophyte will be hand-painted and airbrushed by myself, the artist, to resemble a tiny organism that is part-plant, part-animal.
He will measure roughly 10cm tall (4 inches) and work in-scale with other popular collectable vinyl toys and figurines.
Each foot will have a strong rare-earth magnet inside, so he can be displayed upright on a small custom magnetised or metal stand, as well as be placed amongst greenery for outdoor photography.
“Deep within the Long Lost Woods, a strange melody can be heard where the mosses grow lush and green. The Singing Bryophyte lifts his tiny voice to join the chorus.”
Made by Cooper are already working on the production of the first run of 100x Singing Bryophytes. We are currently on schedule for them to be completed end of February, arriving at my studio early March. All Singing Bryophytes that have been pledged for in this campaign will be airbrushed first, depending on the volume of pledges I estimate a time period to finish painting each one individually to be anywhere between 2-4 weeks. All backers who have pledged for a painted Bryophyte will be kept in touch, and updates posted frequently on my Facebook and Instagram pages. All other prizes for backers (Mushroom Dolls, Zines, Ink Sketches and Original Watercolours) will be ready by the completion of the funded project.
The Singing Bryophyte will be a poly resin figure, edition of 100, hand-painted by the artist, 10cm / 4inches tall.
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