I don't think I've ever mentioned before on the blog about Stuffed Magazine. If you're not familiar with Stuffed and you're a fan of soft toys, you really should check it out.
I found it (well, actually Kinsey found it) at my local Jo-Anns in the late summer of 2011. I was just getting into making more soft toys and it seemed interesting, although I wasn't sure at first. It was $14.99 which I usually feel is a little high for a magazine and I wasn't a fan of everything featured, but Kinsey persuaded me to get it anyway. It wasn't a cheaply, thin made magazine, but had some volume to its size. Once getting the issue home and looking through it, I immediately was very inspired to try all kinds of soft toys. The photography in the magazine is wonderful and they list websites for the artists included in the magazine. I spent a lot of time looking at the work of new plush artists I discovered through Stuffed.
This past week, I did two major things revolving around this magazine. The first thing was I purchased the last remaining issue I didn't own through Ebay. So in just about 6 months since discovering it, I own all 7 issues of Stuffed (they publish twice a year).
The second thing was I submitted some of my own plush toys for possible publication in the next issue! They take open submissions and the deadline for the summer 2012 was just a few days ago. I have no idea if my plush toys will get chosen to be in the magazine, but I'm so excited to see what happens! It will be while until I know anything, but I'm happy I gave it a shot. This was my box of plush I sent:
As you can see, I sent 2 elephants, 1 rocket ship, and 2 boys. The boy plush are my newest design and I'm really excited about how they turned out. The only bad part was that these were my first two I made and I had to ship them out right after I finished making them! Here's a closer shot of them:
The good news is, I just listed a new plush boy in my shop! Meet Ethan here!