Thinkers Uncovered EP1 - Pandaeyes Handmade
"I love to include some elements from animations or even what life has taught me into my designs."
Pandaeyes is a creator of hand made stuffed toys. As someone who stays true to his dreams and perseveres through tough times, we feel that it is our duty to share with all of you more about him and other artists and creators that inspire us.
Q: Can you briefly introduce your brand?
Pandaeyes Handmade was established on 2005, our specialties are design and producing handmade dolls.
Q: What’s the stories behind Pandaeyes Handmade?
We want to bring positive vibes to whoever owns our dolls. Our handmade dolls are always cute and smiling, and we want people not to treat them as mere dolls, but more as life companions.
Q: What brings you into the handmade community ?
It’s always been my dream to turn my imaginations into reality, and this is what brings me into the community. I love originality and the freedom to express myself.
Q: Did you encounter any problems along the way? How do you solve them?
The problem I faced is during the earlier days when I first started out, no one recognised the characters that we produced, so I had to spend more effort to create more visually appealing dolls. In some cases, I will infuse some manga character elements into some of my work in order to attract more attention on our products.
Q: Where does your usual source of inspiration come from? And what inspired you the most?
My inspiration mainly come from Animations, Movies and of course, Life. I love to include some elements from animations or even what life has taught me into my designs. The thing that inspired me the most is the whole art scene in Taiwan, I opened my eyes when I first experienced the art market in Taiwan ten years ago. I was totally amazed at the imagination and vibes that they give out.
Q：When you experience inspiration setbacks, what do you do to overcome them？
When I encounter issues with inspiration, I will distract myself in other things like assembling toy models or any other kind of creative activities, mainly to stay away from current work. Most of the time, the inspiration will come while I am occupying myself with other creative works.
Q: Which are your most iconic Pandaeyes handmade product?
Our most iconic handmade product would be “HeiWa”. “HeiWa” is a handcrafted doll that is strongly influenced by country vibes with some fusion of Japanese manga styles.
Q: What challenges did you face while crafting your latest creation “AhBo Bear”
AhBo Bear is a creation that is made using the traditional teddy bear technique, its hands and legs are adjustable. Therefore, it makes the process more challenging. To enhance the collectibility, the whole product is hand sewn, to ensure the highest detailing and quality.
Q: What Suggestion do you have for newer generation of artists ?
In the world of the internet, every artist can shine. As long as you have your own identity and stories, grind it to perfection and it will be your own unique style.