Dear.odd (Collectible Toy) by Eun byeol Choi
2017 - 2018, Golden A' Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design Award Winner
Inspiration
The "Karma Series" was inspired by the lyrics and ambience of songs like Radiohead's "Karma Police," and "Across the Universe" by the Beatles. The lyrics and atmosphere of the song are reinterpreted in the sculpture and explores ideas of forgetting past memories and nostalgia. The past makes us of the present. "Not being seen and even if forgotten the things I see and feel at every moment are archived inside me and makes who I am today" is the setting where the Karma Series start.
Creativity
Dear.Odd is the first designer toy of the karma series. It was made for interior design and collecting, and as a hand-made work, 10 were made for each color. With the one-eyed setting and carved-in tattoos the trauma and unconsciousness that each people have were expressed. There ate a total of 3 series of for the Karma Series and starting from 2014 until now, through the toy festival they have been presented in East Asian countries like South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
Design Challenges
It was difficult showing emotion in a shape Because I have to explain only with shape not having any functions, I had many difficulties. And I should not lose the beauty, that was the most important mission. I could mass-produce it using mold, but because I made them by myself manually, it took long time and I could show only a small amount to collectors, which was another difficulty.
Production Technology
Handmade / Resin sculpture Making the form with sculpy, it is molded by silicon and copied with resin. And I did painting manually on this resin. Because this is a small amount, I did all the processes by myself. I made other colorways and ceramic lamp with this design.
       
     
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