Thursday, December 19, 2013

31 Days of Sensational Shops - Studio Neko-Neko

31 Days of Sensational Shops is a month long tour of geeky, fantasy and/or monster-filled shops in December. Please stick around to learn more about today's Sensational Shop!

Today's Sensational Shop is Studio Neko-Neko - run by Nicole Holland!

Tell us about you - the creator!

I was raised by parents who were unashamedly Star Trek, Star Wars, Jim Henson and Tolkien fans. I grew up with a love of geek culture and now I make my living in fantasy art and crafts. I love crafting stuffed toys of all shapes and sizes and creating fan art of my favorite characters. My home is full of all sorts of fun, fantasy elements from dragons to the works of Jim Henson and I share it with my husband, 2 cats and a corgi. I am never without inspiration!

Describe your shop and what you sell

Studio Neko-Neko is a mostly fantasy-based shop which focuses heavily on cute things. We sell a lot of hand-crafted plush toys, especially dinosaurs and My Little Ponies. We also offer a lot of fantasy artwork featuring anthropomorphic characters, fan works of various TV shows and movies, and dragons. We also have an interest in puppetry and can make custom puppets!

What is your favorite item to make? Why?

I love to create plush toys because of huggability of the final product. I love the challenge of turning a 2D design into a 3D piece, and my plush toys bring smiles to many faces, and I love to see that! 

How and when did you start your business?

I started Studio Neko-Neko back in 2006 and have been working conventions and comic expos in the Mid-South for 8 years now. I started out working all sorts of conventions and then expanded my online presence in the last couple years. I love working conventions and getting to interact with other fans and sharing the love of all things nerdy!

Anything else you would like to add?

Thank you for the interest in my work! As a full-time artist and crafter, every view, every click, and ever comment means a lot to me! I appreciate all the interest I get, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me and ask! 

Where can buyers find you?

Thank you so much for taking the time to come and meet Nicole Holland of Studio Neko-Neko! Stop by tomorrow to meet another Sensational Shop!