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May, 2014. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

There’s been some pretty big changes around here! Professionally, I worked for 11 years as a model maker in various forms, working in a huge range of mediums across a variety of styles and industries, starting in toy prototyping and product development, then moving into prop making for films and TV.

I have recently moved away from model making in the commercial capacity (My A Little Stranger projects, Cavey, Usagi, will carry on as usual.) to focus on my art and train to be a tattoo artist. I am apprenticing at Bad Girl Ink in Letchworth, which I am enjoying immensely!

Follow my tattoo journey on FacebookInstagram (@holly_astral) and Tumblr.

 

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April 10th, 2014. ToyCon UK 2014 exclusives

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ToyCon 2014 is almost upon us! I’ve posted a quick roundup of all the A Little Stranger and Cavey exclusives we will have on our booth at ToyCon UK 2014.

 

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March 8th, 2013. ‘Projections’ Print available now

My latest painting, Projections, is available as a print. Limited to just 10 signed and numbered prints, each embellished with the same gold, silver and copper leaf details. Highest quality giclee print on 100% Cotton Rag, pH neutral, Acid Free art paper. Printed using archival inks. Visit the A Little Stranger Shop to purchase.

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February 8th, 2013. ‘Say My Name’ for the Heart Strings Gallery show

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Say My name is my piece for the upcoming “Heart Strings” Valentines themed show at Suburban Vinyl, NJ. Acrylic on paper. 21x29cm.

Opening night is February 8th from 6-9pm. Suburban Vinyl, 4 Frederick St, Waldwick, NJ 07463, USA.

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November 2nd, 2013.  ToyCon UK 2014 Tickets on sale now

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Tickets are now available for ToyCon UK 2014.

All tickets include unlimited access to the event between the opening hours of 0900-1700 and access to any panels and workshops on the day subject to availability.

http://toyconuk.com/tickets/

 

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October 3rd, 2013. Tcon Custom Toy Show.

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Following the huge success of the first ToyCon UK, the team behind the event are back and they’ve got a monster on their hands!

The guys have assembled a line up of super talented artists from the Eastern and Western hemispheres, armed them with the DIY edition of their stomping T-Con mascot and asked them to do what they do best.

Abell | A Little Stranger | Blobpus | Brian Flynn | Charles Rodríguez | Chima Group | Chris Dobson (Alto) | Cris Rose | D-lux | Datadub | Dream Rocket | Dril One | Gary Ham | Goto San | Hariken | Haus of Boz | Hugh Rose | Josh Herbolsheimer | JPK | Kerry Dyer | Lisa Rae Hansen | Luke Chueh | Lunabee | Map Map | Mark Nagata | Mike Strick | Nerd One | Paul Kaiju | Pete Fowler | Planet Domu | Podgy Panda | PPPudding | Ralph Niese | Rampage toys | Refreshment | Robotic Ind | Run DMB | Scott Tolleson | Skull Toys | Squink! | Stu Witter | Sunguts | Topheroy | Triclops | Uamou | Ume Toys | Yamomark

The event will be held on November 1st 2013 at the Fleet River Bakery, London. There will be a preview list for the event which will go live along with full reveals of the customs in the week leading up to the event. To get on the preview list email preview@toyconuk.com

More on the ToyCon UK Facebook page.

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June 19, 2013. A Little Stranger at Cardiff Tattoo & Toy Con

Cardiff Tattoo and Toy Con

I am very excited to be exhibiting at Cardiff Tattoo and Toy Con in July. I have created a new painting for the event, Warrior. As well as customs and art from me, we will also have some special Caveys and vinyl Tcons for you. I will be announcing them soon!

Sat 20th July – Sun 21st July 2013
Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa
24-26 Newport Road
CARDIFF
CF24 0DD

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June 6, 2013. Interview on Tomopop.

Tomopop have posted up an interview i did with them for the Cavey’s 3rd Birthday Party in London last month, head on over there to have a read.

With the adorable Cavey range recently celebrating its third birthday, we figured it was high time to catch up with its creator Holly Stanway. Perhaps better known in the designer toy world as A Little Stranger, she’s one of the UK’s top toy artists with an impressive range of work that spans not only Cavey but a… continue reading.

Also, check out their recap of the show with lots of lovely pictures, here.

 

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April 11, 2013. ToyConUK roundup.

The Hang Gang, Myself and Jeff Lamm at Unbox Allstars signing

 

Head on over to Toysrevil for a great round up of our day at ToyCon UK, with beautiful photos by Cavey fan Marian. Pictures of our booth, exclusives, signings and my appearance on the toy production panel, with a brief interview with me about the experience. Thanks for the feature, Andy!

 

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March 18, 2013. three new Art prints Now Available.

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I’ve been making the most of some rare downtime to complete three paintings I’ve been working on for the last coupe of months. All three are available in a very short run of prints.
Each painting to just 5 signed and numbered prints. Highest quality giclee print on 100% Cotton Rag, pH neutral, Acid Free art paper. Printed using archival inks. Click here to visit the A Little Stranger shop.

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February 27, 2013. Dream Hair Print Now Available.dreamhair

My latest painting “Dream Hair” is limited to just 5 signed and numbered prints. Highest quality giclee print on 100% Cotton Rag, pH neutral, Acid Free art paper. Printed using archival inks. Click here to buy.

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February 21, 2013. Between Two Worlds.

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Between Two Worlds is a sculpture that captures a spirit as she moves into our world from the next. Displayed on a wall Between Two Worlds feels like your walls are moving and coming to life. Between Two Worlds is a hand cast solid resin piece, each cast capturing every tiny tool detail of the original sculpt by Holly Stanway.

Limited to an edition of just 5 pieces, each comes signed and numbered with its edition number.

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January 22, 2013. Limited edition art prints in the shop.

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I’m offering my first paintings of 2013 as short-run prints. Both Armour and I’m Listening, are limited to just 5 prints of each design. Highest quality giclee prints on 100% Cotton Rag, pH neutral, Acid Free art paper. Printed using archival inks. Prints go on sale in the A Little Stranger Shop on Wednesday January 23rd at 7pm London time.

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December 12, 2012. A Little Stranger in ‘Plush Toys’ book.

You can see some of my work in the new book ‘Plush Toys’ by Monsa publications.The book features loads of awesome plush artists from around the globe, complete with bios and full colour images of their work. Head over to Monsa’s website to see a preview of the inside of the book.

“Toys are part of our history and nowadays the new trends of designer toys and collector toys have bring them again to our adult lives. Now we don’t play with them anymore, but we expose them in our houses as another decorative object. The creators featured in this amusing book, Plush Toys!, come from the world of graphic design, illustration, animation, toys and character design. They use all kind of stuffed materials to bring this collectable handcrafted friends to life: felt, vintage fabrics, old buttons, leather and lace, crochet, plastic, and so on. Welcome to the squeezable world of soft toys.”

Plush Toys is a 256 page full-colour hardback book and can be purchased directly from Monsa for just €16,90 ($22/£14)

 

 

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November 4, 2012. Cavey’s American Cousins Show, LA November 12th.

Join us for a one night only pop-up art show featuring Cavey’s designed by our friends in the States, made into one of a kind Caveys by Holly of A Little Stranger.

Cavey’s American Cousins is a unique show showcasing Cavey designs by US artists made into one-off plushes by Holly of A Little Stranger. Each plush is one of a kind and not to be repeated. They will be available to buy via 7-day auctions which begin on Saturday November 3rd and end on the night of the show! Visit the eBay auctions, here

We will also have exclusive prints designed for the show by the artists which will be available on the night.

Cavey designs by: 64 Colors • Beast Brothers • Camilla D’Errico • DrilOne • Frank Kozik • Chris Ryniak • Luke Chueh • Mochimochi • Onell Design • Scott Tolleson • Sket One •Angry Woebots

Saturday November 10th. 8pm – Late.

The Cat and Fiddle Pub, 6530 West Sunset Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028, USA

 

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October 29th, 2012. New Customs for DesignerCon 2012.

I’ve been a busy bunny creating new customs for my booth #713 at Designer Con 2012. Some painted customs, some sculpted and plushed – i had a great time making these! My booth will be split between my A Little Stranger work and Cavey. The A Little Stranger side will have my paintings, prints, jewellery, toys and sketches. I am so excited to be making the trip to the states to do Designer Con again! Come by my booth and say hello, or catch me and Jonjo talking about Toycon UK on the SuperSuckathon, which will be broadcast live: check for a link on the Designer Con on the day.

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All customs will be for sale on my booth #713 Designer Con 2012. Saturday November 3rd, 2012. Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101. USA
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October 17, 2012. A Little Stranger in Status Magazine

Pick up the October copy of Status magazine to read an interview with myself and fellow toy designers Jon Knox, Gary Ham, Jomike Tejido and Shea Brittain. Above is the tearsheet from the magazine, you can read my full interview, here.