Monday, February 17, 2014
Vendor Interview- Funny Bunny
1. Introduce yourself, who are you and where do you live?
Hello! My name is Helena Hultén and I live in
Göteborg, on the west coast of Sweden.
2. What do you make for Blythe?
I love to discover new crafts and designs and combine them with Blythes.
Fashionwise I tend to make clothes with a retro
vibe, often with bold vibrant rich colors. I love
neon colors and metallic, but still in feminine
style. Vintage fabrics and trims is a big love.
Many know me for making machine embroidered
smocks and helmets. Many of of the embroidery designs
have been manually digitized by me so you can't find same motif elsewhere.
Then I also make sewing patterns in Blythe doll
size. So far I have only made one but I have as a
goal to make another one for the Seattle Blythecon, this time Middie sized.
I plan to repeat what I brought to the last
Blythecon, in NYC. Embroidered helmets, some fashion
clothes/sets and sewing patterns. This is my base
goal, then I might add more items/ideas.
Other than Blythes I make fashion for Emerald
Witch dolls as well. And I also make fabric print
designs on Spoonflower. - www.spoonflower.com/profiles/helena
3. Where can we find your creations?
I have a website, www.funnybunny.se. You can see
the latest photos on this page:
Funny Bunny fan page:
4. What are your main influences?
Vintage fashion! 50's to 70's is the main
spectrum. Vintage doll fashion. Look at the Mattel
fashion from 60-70s for example!
5. How did you get started with Blythe dolls?
I remember seeing a very unusual doll when I was
browsing my Gothic&Lolita bible and I thought
that that doll is so cute in a very retro way. I
think this was in 2003. Then I think I started
to see them online and figured out the name,
Blythe. I remember I thought the prices were insane!
The prices that seemed more ok were the tiny
ones, I did not want them, they were too funny
looking and too tiny! But yes, eventually I did
the plunge and bought my first Blythe after
having asked questions on the "This is Blythe"
forum about suitable first doll. Pow Wow Poncho,
and I got so delighted when I got her in my
hands. I also amazed over how big her head was! And
then suddenly my collection grew and somehow the price tag became normal! haha!
I started to sew even before I got Apple Blossom,
to have a fashion wardrobe ready for her, I
utilised the then available free patterns online to be sure of fit.
Eventually I started to sell the creations, and so Funny Bunny began.
6. Do you collect anything else?
I hoard on vintage items! Interior decoration,
kitchen items, fabrics, trims, notions, human
And many more!
7. What's one interesting fact we may not know about you?
I do not know if it is interesting but I am deaf.
Sign language. Do not be scared of me, though!
Bring paper and pen and we can talk away. ;) Alas
I do not understand American Sign Language. Boo.
And I love rollercoasters.