Tuesday, 1 May 2012

I Am Not A Doll

Cross stitch is kinda known for being stuffy and old fashioned but lots of designers are trying to change this perception.  I was about to give up hope of finding anything modern then I came across these super cute cross stitch geisha dolls.  They were so much fun to stitch up and I was quite sad once I had completed them.

Aren't they just adorable? :)

I got in touch with the designer Meagz from iamnotadoll.  I asked her if she could tell me a bit more about her work and this is what she said - 

"Hello, my name is Meagz and I'm a graphic and web designer from Canberra, Australia.  I started iamnotadoll in 2007, but I've been drawing pixel art for about ten years.  I only became interested in cross-stitch a few years ago, but it's become a bit of an obsession now.

I design my patterns using my pixel art characters as a base, but it's not as simple as running an image through a cross-stitch program - I have the entire range of DMC threads and like to pick my colours by sight.  One of the first rules you learn as a graphic designer is that you can never trust a colour to look the same on screen as it does in real life.  I make all of my pdf patterns in Photoshop, and even draw all the symbols (as pixel art of course).

I take my inspiration from all the awesome things in life - video games, pirates, zombies, ninjas, brightly coloured hair, hanging out playing Nintendo.  My style is heavily influenced by the artwork from Pokemon and Legend of Zelda Gameboy games.

Recently I've been working on a set of 30 pixel art fabric designs through Spoonflower, as well as working on a complete re-design of my website and of course, a never-ending pile of cross-stitch."

On Spoonflower Meagz has really quirky fabric designs featuring her geisha dolls, a very cute angel design among others.  You can see more of her designs at  www.spoonflower.com/profiles/iamnotadoll

She has a facebook page where you can keep up-to-date with her work - www.facebook.com/iamnotadoll

She also has an Etsy shop where you can purchase the cross stitch charts.  I just love the zombie, he is too cute to be scary.


If you go to - www.redbubble.com/people/iamnotadoll/shop/ you can buy stickers, i phone cases, sweat shirts and t-shirts featuring her fun pixel art designs.

Meagz likes to do custom designs too.  I contacted her again asking if she could do a pixel art design of my boyfriend and me.  She was happy too and did a fantastic job, see for yourself - 

Once I had stitched it up I framed it in a wee hoop and I gave it as a anniversary present, (my boyfriend is really difficult to buy for).  But he loved it and thought it was a lovely personal gift.

All the photos in this post were kindly supplied by Meagz :)

Dittery Dot

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