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olive47 is the creator of Miss Cupcake. You might be asking yourself, who is Miss Cupcake? Well, she is a sassy little toy that comes in a variety of flavors. With names like ‘kabluey’ and ‘chocakhan’ how could you resist picking up one of these little pieces of heaven?
Miss Cupcake is 3” tall, made of vinyl, and costs $11.95 making her very affordable, and definitely on par with the rest of the vinyl toy world. Sold in a blind box, you have the chance of getting one of the four main characters… then there’s the mystery cupcake. Who you’ll get, no one knows, you’ll just have to buy one and see for yourself! Miss Cupcake can be found in retail stores around the US from Chicago to Milwaukee, and Phoenix, and they will also be arriving soon at
shops in the UK as well. You can also purchase them online at Urban Outfitters’ website, and the stores are also carrying a DIY Miss Cupcake in store as well!
Here is a little bit more about olive47 and her Miss Cupcake toys when I had the opportunity to interview her! Enjoy!
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is olive47 and I like to colour. I am a graphic designer/ street artist/ toy designer/ printmaker/ and sometimes cult leader.
How did you come up with the concept of the Miss Cupcake toys?
Miss Cupcake was a character I was using in my street artwork. The producer, Dreamland Toyworks emailed me one day and asked if I would be interested in doing a line of toys with them. Obviously I said yes; and she seemed to be an obvious choice. We’re looking at introducing other characters next year, so be on the lookout for those.
What is your favorite medium to work with?
I have a Masters in Printmaking, so I have a big love for screenprinting. I also love my Print Gocco.
What inspires you to do what you do?
I’ve been drawing and painting my whole life. I couldn’t really do anything else, so I try my hardest to make it work.
Whatever is going on in my life inspires the themes I work with visually. Other sources of inspiration for me are 1950’s science and nature books, my garden, and my cat, Wigglebear.
Any advice or tips for someone trying to open his or her own online business/shop?
Be very organized. Everything else will follow.
What is it that you like about cupcakes?
They are small and easily portable, unlike large cakes. Oh, and the little paper holder keeps your hand from getting messy.
What do you love most about your job?
I am a freelance designer in “real life”, so I love being able to work from home most of the time. I feel trapped when I’m in an office environment, so this enables me to have a little more flexibility in my life. Also, I don’t have to spend any time commuting, so I can use that extra time to work on the artwork and toys.
Check out olive47, her work and her toys at www.olive47.com!