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Inventive Ways to Create Art: Caleb Neelon

December 14th, 2011

Not too long ago I visited the studio of Caleb Neelon, a name that has been around the graffiti scene for quite some time now. His involvement in graffiti is immense and his knowledge of its history will blow you away. He’s written for magazines including Juxtapoz and Print and served as editor-at-large for Swindle. He’s also co-authored important books in the graff scene such as, The History of American Graffiti and Graffiti Brasil. While visiting with him, I had the chance to see a technique he uses to create letters for murals, which I dubbed “art legos” at the time. He takes pieces of paper, cut out in shapes and then rearranges them to form different lettering styles of his moniker, “SONIK”. The technique is simple enough, but the process looks pretty fun and the results are great as well. This choice for Neelon is interesting because of his use of quilt imagery in his artwork, since this technique is sort of the “stitching” together or shapes to form a word. Enjoy the images below! And thanks again to Caleb Neelon for letting us into his studio space!

 

Images courtesy of EVOKER.

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Toys Around Town: teany

December 13th, 2011

The next time you visit myplasticheart and work up a hunger, head over to teany, a restaurant opened by Moby and Kelly Tisdale. Located at 90 Rivington St, teany’s menu features a wide array of tasty food, and although it is a vegetarian restaurant, I brought along two non-veggies and they were equally impressed. I’d recommend the veggie blt, which is what all four of us ended up getting, since it sounded so tasty. Along with super good food, teany also has 98 teas on their menu, hence the name of this little cafe. Holy Moly! Caramel, vanilla, jasmine, honey, ginger… the list goes on and on! And if tea isn’t your thing, don’t worry, you can indulge in another fancy drink, such as a raspberry lime ricky, lavender lemonade or an italian soda. Yum! So next time you are in the mph area, pay a visit to teany and see what all the fuss is about!

VEGAN BLT! YUM!

And if you are in the mood for a cup of tea after reading this post, make sure you check out our cup and saucer sets, including this one from I Love Dust or others featuring designs from Jon Burgerman, Sam Flores, Frank Kozik and Si Scott.

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Faile Mural and Totem @ Houston and Bowery

December 12th, 2011

Just a very short walk from myplasticheart is a new mural by Faile on the corner of Houston & Bowery. Faile is Brooklyn-based artists Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller who are known for using wheatpaste collage work and stenciling in the street art world. You might remember the Faile Dog produced by adFunture as a street art project. This same wall has also been home to the work of artists Shepard Fairey, Barry McGee, JR and more. And while you are admiring Faile’s work, do not miss the spinning totem they installed into the ground just next to the mural. It’s awesome!  Have a look at the images and then get yourself over there!

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myplasticheart @ Yelp’s Giftacular Holiday Market

December 9th, 2011

We will be one of the many vendors attending Yelp’s Giftacular Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 17th and Sunday Dec. 18th at 82 Mercer Street. In an effort to help New Yorkers shop locally, Yelp is organizing their first ever handpicked holiday market to help complete everyone’s gift list this year. Over 80 top-rated retailers, local designers, crafty chicks and style mavens will set-up pop-up shops. In addition to all of the gifts available, there will be food, djs, dancers, diy crafts, photo booths and more, so you know this event will be a lot of fun! There is no RSVP necessary, but you can join the event on Facebook and get more details on Yelp’s event site.

In the spirit of giving, don’t forget to bring your gently or unworn wares to donate to Yelp’s charitable sponsor, Housing Works.


WHAT: Yelp’s Giftacular Holiday Market

WHEN: Saturday, Dec 17th & Sunday, Dec. 18th, 12-6pm

WHERE: 82 Mercer St., SoHo, NYC

 

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5 Questions With… David Healey!

December 8th, 2011

How long have you been creating toys and how did you get into it?

I’ve been doing it for a little over a decade consistently. I would mess around as a child but who didn’t? Turning Croc Master into Freddy Krueger was when I realized I was really into it. Then I built military models around the clock for years too.

Your toy mashups are awesome, how do you usually decide on what figures to use together?

Finding the combos and pieces comes from a lot of staring at toys and trying to really figure them out. Each piece or set usually has some super long explanation, but I like to let people tell me about it. Right or wrong.

The colors of your resin figures are really great, do you custom mix your colors? Where does your inspiration for the colors come from?

Color is a major part to my work. If the piece is made up of things you may know you have to camouflage them in order to give them new meaning. That’s how I use color. My favorite class was color theory because I really picked up some skills. It’s kind of like a creative martial art.

Are the figures we are releasing exclusive colorways of original characters and if so, can you tell us a bit about them?

The figures for MPH were made as an edition for the store. The figures have not been available in these colors previously. Jin BaBa is actually the name of a Pakistani boogeyman. Translated it means something like “Ghost Father”. There is another strange coincidence with the name but I’m not going to tell you. “Mein” is the German word for mine. The figure’s body is made of a Cobra air mine also. The figure is poised to explode…kinda channeling its anger. That’s enough. Too much info. Don’t let it ruin it for you. I guess it could be viewed as cute too.

Do you have a large collection of toys? Is there one prized toy you have in your collection or perhaps one you’ve been seeking out?

I have many toys. I collect bad guys from vintage lines and an unhealthy amount of Kinnikuman stuff. I love Sunshine & Black Hole. Two of the greatest character designs ever.


“Jin Baba” the boogeyman and the explosive “Mein” figures are cast in clear resin and available in both the smokey Frosted Haze and Frosted Violett variations. These figures are made in very limited quantities and will be available starting today, December 8th at 2PM EST for $39.99 each, in both our online store and our location at 210 Forsyth St., NYC. For more images and information on the figures, have a look here.

www.healeymade.com

www.myplasticheart.com

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