Every family can be made cute and cool in the hands of Nichol Brinkman of Thibodaux, Louisiana. Her soft toy creations, which include wall hangings and mobiles can be custom made for yourself, friends, your favorite couple or family.
As Nichol dresses up these figures however you like, her individual wall hangings with a banner make a great gift. One of these is perfect for a child's bedroom door or to take your average office cubicle up a notch...
The custom family wall hangings and mobiles are some of my favorite works of Nichol. Add personal flair, accessories, dogs, cats, fish...whatever makes your grouping of humans special and fabulous.
Nichol once took a traditional marionette workshop in Prague taught by a Czech puppet master. She spent weekends at puppetry museums and animation studios- you can see the influence. Although she started in wood, she turned to her passion of sewing to bring her quirky characters to life.
Nichol starts her creative process by drawing with micropens in Moleskine notebooks. Nichol, "When I think a drawing will transfer nicely to stuffed form, I draw the shape onto cardstock for my basic pattern." She then takes time curating the right fabrics, patterns and textures for each piece, then sews her beings both by hand and machine.
I think I need a stuffed and stylishly accessorized family mobile soon...who doesn't? Check out Nichol's etsy shop here for all her lively creations and here to follow her fun blog. And don't worry, no matter how dysfunctional your own family is, y'all will look cute and cool in the hands of Nichol...
Photos: Pink Cheeks Studio Content: Sweet Peach