Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).
Hello, my name is Ping. I came from a town called Shaoxing in ZheJiang province. I used to studying fashion design at college in China, I am now living and working in Tokyo as a graphic designer.
While I was doing a CG course in Tokyo, I happened to design few stuffy animals for an animation/illustration project. The first few ones I made were not as good as I wanted it to be. However, once it had become the joy in my spare time. I started to improve the looking, making them more interesting, also added more and more members for the WaWa family . I love them all. I was feeling so upset when I gave them away.
In Chinese WaWa means BaBy. Ya means House in Japanese. So the name of WAWAYA is my stuffy baby’s house, that is why I chosen this name for my work.
What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
I was living in a remote countryside when I was a child. In my memory, the things I made in my childhood which I might consider it as ‘my work’ were a bamboo dragonfly, a shuttlecock made by beautiful cook feather and old Chinese copper coins, a number of clay animals. One piece of my best work I still remember is vividly was how to make a kite. In the beginning, I just made a simple one in a right shape. Later when I knew how to keep the balance between the kite tail and the centre of the kite gravity, I painted kite’s eyes in red and made kite looking blushed, and then saw it flying higher and higher.
What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
The patterns of materials like marble or granite always different in unpredictable ways. They provide a base for rich imagination. When I fall asleep, I close my eyes and wait for different shaped creatures and aliens to appear. Unfortunately, I always completely forget what they look like when I wake up. So a note book and a pen on my bedside table are very important.
What are your favorite materials?
My favourite materials are textiles, buttons, beads, ribbons and similar things. Especially, Japanese kimono textiles are amazing and really fascinate me. Collecting kimono textiles and using them to make WaWa is more then a delight.
What is your favorite color?
Vivid green, the colour of tender shoots.
What are your most and least two favorite films?
The most favorite two films are The Pianist and Gloomy Sunday. It seems to me that I am most effected by the power of tragedy. I cannot find any name of my least favourite films as I always forgot the bad ones after I see them.
What are you reading right now?
I am reading a handwork book, I am paying close attention to how to use varied materials and how to express myself through them.
Any tips on selling handmade stuff?
Once a Wawa finds a new home, I always have a little companion called Small (a white fairy with a big mouth who wears a woolly hat) to go with Wawa to make sure he/she will not be lonely. Also I make a cloth bag for Wawa with Wawa’s new owner’s name hand-sewn on it. Further, I make sure by an extemporary illustration on the envelope that the enclosed present is enjoyable to receive.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I often visit bookshops and food shops. I love cooking. Occasionally I enjoy skiing and go walking.
How can Etsy be improved? Any feature requests?
I hope that Etsy will have a Japanese and English version soon, so that I donot need to worry about my poor English. : )