Monday, September 24, 2012

Artist in La La Land - Paper Play

Melissa Kojima loves Halloween and all that goes with it... the costumes, dressing up, and pretending. This is evident in many of her paper creations, each of which has retro vintage appeal. Her whimsical paper puppets, pop up cards, and articulated paper dolls are inspired by the circus, literature, and the Victorian Era... it's a paper toy wonderland geared to older children and adults. Yes, grown-ups get to play!

Here's the Headless Horseman from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman Articulated Puppet

Melissa created this card that features a scary, yet comical witch (wait, isn't that an oxymoron?) from one of her original painted paper puppets that's available as a downloadable PDF from her Etsy shop, Artist in La La Land.

Retro Vintage Witch Card

Ms. Witch puppets can be cut out, assembled, and used as party decor or given out as favors.

Articulated Witch

Melissa told me she's been making art all her life, but wasn't really encouraged to pursue it as a career... in fact, her degree is in French and she taught English to high school students in France before returning to the U.S. to study illustration. She's taken quite a few classes, but mainly has found that working at art each day is what continues to improve her skill most of all. 

Each of these vintage monster men with twisty heads is pretty frightening... you might recognize Wolfman, Shrunken Head Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Count Dracula.

Retro Vintage Men / Monster Articulated Puppets

I'm not quite sure what to make of this paper puppet fox in a chevron dress... let's just call her stylishly creepy!

Paper Puppet Fox 
Lastly, a paper mache tattooed bunny caught my eye... not only is his expression priceless - a touch haughty, no? - but he has a secret keepsake box in his belly.

Paper Mache Bunny

Melissa enjoys featuring artists on her blog who share her enthusiasm for paper play. She can be contacted for custom designs via her website, Etsy shop, and Facebook.


Maureen said...

These are wonderful. I especially like that they're articulated.

SUGANTHI said...

I like the headless horseman and of course the bunny.

Melissa Kojima said...

Ah, thanks, Ann for the wonderful feature. I appreciate you taking the time to find out about what I do.

Thanks, Maureen and Suganthi for your kinds words. So nice to hear from you.

Ann said...

What fun creations. I do like that rabbit

Kim said...

I LOVE the witch!!!

Teddie Seeley said...

I really like the witch also.

Meg@MegaCrafty said...

Wow I absolutely love the headless horseman! These remind me of some of the old paper holiday decorations my grandmother would put up for different holidays. Thanks for sharing them.

blackcatoriginals said...

Love all of those - and her website's amazing. Very cool!

Melissa Kojima said...

Ah, thank you everyone for checking everything out. Meg, that's so great that they remind you of your grandmother's decorations. I like that.

Rebeccas DIY said...

I am so happy you liked my lantern and shared it on facebok and twitter! Thank you!

Maya Topadze Griggs (Soccer Mom Style) said...

I love these! Have to go check out her website. Also, Ann, please check out my post on Miriam Saakashili creations. I know you've featured her before and I just thought I'd let you know... Thanks!

Ann Martin said...

Thanks for letting me know, Maya. Mariam's work is fascinating and it's lovely that you've featured her.

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