Shop Etsy

Featured Shop: Pink Cheeks Studios

Nov 28, 2012

by PinkCheeksStudios

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Nichol Brinkman, and my shop is called Pink Cheeks Studios. I design and construct soft toys, pillows and baby mobiles featuring ninjas, sumo wrestlers, angel pigs and rollerskating mod girls. I also make digital prints of fabric collages. My husband, son, and I recently relocated to southern Louisiana. Now we live on the bayou with the alligators and bullfrogs.

I do what I do because I am in my element when I am making things. After art school, I was very fortunate to receive a traveling fellowship. I used it to take a traditional marionette workshop in Prague, taught by a Czech puppet master. A small group of international students and I would spend the day carving away at our single blocks of wood, realizing our designs under the guidance of the puppet master and his partners. Then at night we would visit all the different puppet theaters in the city (there are so many!) to watch the shows and meet the artists. The weekends were spent at puppetry museums and animation studios.

All of those things alone would have been amazing, but combined with the beautiful streets of Prague, it was magic. I made a three-headed business man/demon riding a unicycle as my marionette. I love that freaky little guy! Making him sparked an interest in character design. Since I did not have a woodshop, I turned to sewing to bring my characters to life. I owe a lot of Pink Cheeks Studios to that experience.

I like to make characters that feel like they come from a very specific place and reflect how I think childhood should be: full of wonder, joy and delight. Everything I make starts by drawing. I draw with micron pens in Moleskine notebooks. When I think a drawing will transfer nicely to stuffed form, I draw the shape onto cardstock for my basic pattern. I spend a great deal of time choosing my fabrics, and select them based on color, pattern and texture. I like to have a variety of textures all in one piece: bumpy corduroy, fuzzy fur, soft fleece, smooth cotton, and rough ribbon. I sew both by hand and on a sewing machine, and always stuff firmly so that my softies feel sturdy and important.

My prints are new to me and very exciting. I make them by cutting out fabric and putting the pieces together like a collage. Sometimes I sew bits together to keep them in place, and sometimes I keep them separate like a puzzle. Then I scan them into my computer and play around with scale and placement. The process is really enjoyable and has helped me mend my rocky relationship with Photoshop.

My creative business has helped me come into my own. Although I am very much fascinated by the fiber work of artists who use muted colors and earthy fabrics, my aesthetic is much brighter and louder. Whenever I shop for fabrics, I’m like a moth to the flame – drawn to neons, bold patterns and vibrant polka dots. I used to feel disappointed in myself for not having a softer palette, like my favorite artists who make beautiful, quiet, mysterious objects. But when you have a creative business there is no room to be something you are not. It’s much more effortless to work towards your strengths and let your natural aesthetic overflow into your branding. Now, I let myself be Nichol and embrace my affinity for the bright, neon, bold and nonsensical.

Etsy means the world to me. To have the whole foundation of a business – including customers worldwide – all set up and ready to go is a gift for artists and craftspeople. Without Etsy, I know I would be doing something less meaningful to make an income.

There is something so beautiful about an object thoughtfully made by hand with care and good intention. Making things with my hands is a joyful experience, and I want the objects I make to communicate that joy. Craftsmanship, to me, is a form of sincerity.

 All photographs by Pink Cheeks Studios.

Featured Shop Archive

Baby Mobile --- Sumo Wrestlers ---  Sumobile ---  Made to order
Baby Mobile --- Sumo Wrestlers --- Sumobile --- Made to order
PinkCheeksStudios
$155.00 USD
Wall Hanging Family of Four Personalized Made to Order
Wall Hanging Family of Four Personalized Made to Order
PinkCheeksStudios
$193.00 USD
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Wall Hanging // Magical and Unique Children's Room Decor
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Wall Hanging // Magical and Unique Children's Room Decor
PinkCheeksStudios
$200.00 USD
Mermaid Baby Mobile // Beautiful handmade baby  mobile perfect  for new parents
Mermaid Baby Mobile // Beautiful handmade baby mobile perfect for new parents
PinkCheeksStudios
$153.00 USD
The Wizard of Oz Wall Hanging // Whimsical, Magical and Unique Children's Decor
The Wizard of Oz Wall Hanging // Whimsical, Magical and Unique Children's Decor
PinkCheeksStudios
$200.00 USD
The Muppets Mobile for Babies
The Muppets Mobile for Babies
PinkCheeksStudios
$200.00 USD
Animal Friendly Friends Mobile for your Modern Nursery Made to Order
Animal Friendly Friends Mobile for your Modern Nursery Made to Order
PinkCheeksStudios
$153.00 USD
Little Red Riding Hood Wall Hanging //   Whimsical, Magical and Unique Children's Room Decor
Little Red Riding Hood Wall Hanging // Whimsical, Magical and Unique Children's Room Decor
PinkCheeksStudios
$200.00 USD
Where the Wild Things Are Baby Mobile //  A modern and Magical Mobile for a Baby with a Wild Heart
Where the Wild Things Are Baby Mobile // A modern and Magical Mobile for a Baby with a Wild Heart
PinkCheeksStudios
$203.00 USD
Bill Murray Baby Mobile //  Wes Anderson Fan Nursery Decor //  Quirky Baby Mobile
Bill Murray Baby Mobile // Wes Anderson Fan Nursery Decor // Quirky Baby Mobile
PinkCheeksStudios
$203.00 USD
Animals Mustachioed Mobile --- Made to Order
Animals Mustachioed Mobile --- Made to Order
PinkCheeksStudios
$153.00 USD
Circus Horse Mobile ---  Made to Order
Circus Horse Mobile --- Made to Order
PinkCheeksStudios
$153.00 USD
The Princess Bride Baby Mobile //  A mobile for parents who want their babies to believe in true love
The Princess Bride Baby Mobile // A mobile for parents who want their babies to believe in true love
PinkCheeksStudios
$253.00 USD
Skateboarding Animals Baby Mobile //  A Modern and Colorful Mobile for Fun-Loving Parents
Skateboarding Animals Baby Mobile // A Modern and Colorful Mobile for Fun-Loving Parents
PinkCheeksStudios
$178.00 USD
Personalized Custom Doll of Your Child Wearing an Animal Suit or Costume // 3-D Art Doll Made Just for You
Personalized Custom Doll of Your Child Wearing an Animal Suit or Costume // 3-D Art Doll Made Just for You
PinkCheeksStudios
$90.00 USD
Baby Mobile --- A Mustachioed Mobile of Dapper Men for Babies ---Made to Order
Baby Mobile --- A Mustachioed Mobile of Dapper Men for Babies ---Made to Order
PinkCheeksStudios
$150.00 USD
A Skiing Mobile --- Made to Order
A Skiing Mobile --- Made to Order
PinkCheeksStudios
$155.00 USD
Flying Circus Lion Mobile // Sweet, fun nursery 3-D art // baby mobile makes a great gift for unique and quirky new parents
Flying Circus Lion Mobile // Sweet, fun nursery 3-D art // baby mobile makes a great gift for unique and quirky new parents
PinkCheeksStudios
$93.00 USD
Jewel Heist ---  Baby Mobile --- Made to Order ---  Modern Nursery
Jewel Heist --- Baby Mobile --- Made to Order --- Modern Nursery
PinkCheeksStudios
$158.00 USD
The Beatles // Yellow Submarine // Unique one-of-a-kind art for that sweet Beatles' loved in your life
The Beatles // Yellow Submarine // Unique one-of-a-kind art for that sweet Beatles' loved in your life
PinkCheeksStudios
$203.00 USD
Unicorn Pegasus Baby Mobile // A Modern, Magical, Mobile for Fun and Quirky Parents
Unicorn Pegasus Baby Mobile // A Modern, Magical, Mobile for Fun and Quirky Parents
PinkCheeksStudios
$178.00 USD
Mobile Add On
Mobile Add On
PinkCheeksStudios
$28.00 USD
special request for Lauren
special request for Lauren
PinkCheeksStudios
$40.00 USD
Majestic Hoop Jumping Lion Mobile
Majestic Hoop Jumping Lion Mobile
PinkCheeksStudios
$93.00 USD
The Sweetest Family Custom Hanging Mobile // Custom, personalized hanging 3-D art makes a great birthday or anniversary gift
The Sweetest Family Custom Hanging Mobile // Custom, personalized hanging 3-D art makes a great birthday or anniversary gift
PinkCheeksStudios
$233.00 USD
A Couple's Personalized Wall Hanging
A Couple's Personalized Wall Hanging
PinkCheeksStudios
$128.00 USD
Personalized Family of Three Wall Hanging // Custom Family Room, Nursery or Children's Room Decor // Great Birthday Gift!
Personalized Family of Three Wall Hanging // Custom Family Room, Nursery or Children's Room Decor // Great Birthday Gift!
PinkCheeksStudios
$163.00 USD
A Star Wars Themed Mobile //  Modern space sci-fi nursery mobile for your little princess leia or tiny luke skywalker
A Star Wars Themed Mobile // Modern space sci-fi nursery mobile for your little princess leia or tiny luke skywalker
PinkCheeksStudios
$203.00 USD
Individual Personalized Wall Hanging with Banner
Individual Personalized Wall Hanging with Banner
PinkCheeksStudios
$68.00 USD
Noah's Ark Mobile --- Made to Order --- Customize
Noah's Ark Mobile --- Made to Order --- Customize
PinkCheeksStudios
$153.00 USD
Greek Gods Baby Mobile ---  Modern Nursery ---  Made To Order
Greek Gods Baby Mobile --- Modern Nursery --- Made To Order
PinkCheeksStudios
$203.00 USD
The Jewel Thief Baby Mobile // Beautiful and Unique Baby Mobile // Shiny and Gold
The Jewel Thief Baby Mobile // Beautiful and Unique Baby Mobile // Shiny and Gold
PinkCheeksStudios
$93.00 USD
Bright Colorful Circus Sideshow Baby Mobile // Quirky Mobile for Nursery or Children's Room Art and Decor
Bright Colorful Circus Sideshow Baby Mobile // Quirky Mobile for Nursery or Children's Room Art and Decor
PinkCheeksStudios
$153.00 USD
The Cloud King Mobile // Fun, Bright, Colorful, Cloud and Star Studded Mobile for the Modern Nursery
The Cloud King Mobile // Fun, Bright, Colorful, Cloud and Star Studded Mobile for the Modern Nursery
PinkCheeksStudios
$128.00 USD
The Beatles Mobile --_  Made to Order --- Yellow Submarine
The Beatles Mobile --_ Made to Order --- Yellow Submarine
PinkCheeksStudios
$225.00 USD
Surfin' Beach Baby Mobile // Perfect fun colorful decor for a new California or Hawaii baby's room
Surfin' Beach Baby Mobile // Perfect fun colorful decor for a new California or Hawaii baby's room
PinkCheeksStudios
$163.00 USD
Fantastic Mr Fox Baby Mobile // The perfect mobile for Roald Dahl and Wes Anderson enthusiasts having a baby // one of a kind
Fantastic Mr Fox Baby Mobile // The perfect mobile for Roald Dahl and Wes Anderson enthusiasts having a baby // one of a kind
PinkCheeksStudios
$188.00 USD
Baby Mobile ---  Ballerina Sheep --- Customize to Match Your Nursery
Baby Mobile --- Ballerina Sheep --- Customize to Match Your Nursery
PinkCheeksStudios
$128.00 USD
Animals in Outfits Baby Mobile ---  Made to Order --- Modern Nursery
Animals in Outfits Baby Mobile --- Made to Order --- Modern Nursery
PinkCheeksStudios
$150.00 USD
Angelic Piggie Baby Mobile  ---  Made to Order
Angelic Piggie Baby Mobile --- Made to Order
PinkCheeksStudios
$138.00 USD
Baby Mobile --- Strong Men ---Made to order
Baby Mobile --- Strong Men ---Made to order
PinkCheeksStudios
$140.00 USD
Pink Cheeks Faces  ---  Nursery Art --- Paper Collage Print ---  Blue Haired Girl
Pink Cheeks Faces --- Nursery Art --- Paper Collage Print --- Blue Haired Girl
PinkCheeksStudios
$12.00 USD
Totoro Mobile ---  Made to Order
Totoro Mobile --- Made to Order
PinkCheeksStudios
$165.00 USD
Mr. Strong, an 8 x 10 print
Mr. Strong, an 8 x 10 print
PinkCheeksStudios
$12.00 USD
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Nursery Mobile // A Colorful and Bright Nursery Mobile or Children's Decor
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Nursery Mobile // A Colorful and Bright Nursery Mobile or Children's Decor
PinkCheeksStudios
$175.00 USD
Little Red Riding Hood Nursery Mobile // A Storybook Mobile Sure to Delight
Little Red Riding Hood Nursery Mobile // A Storybook Mobile Sure to Delight
PinkCheeksStudios
$175.00 USD
The Wizard of Oz Mobile // Bright and Colorful Baby Mobile of Children's Room Art and Decor
The Wizard of Oz Mobile // Bright and Colorful Baby Mobile of Children's Room Art and Decor
PinkCheeksStudios
$225.00 USD
Alice in Wonderland Wall Hanging // Whimsical, Magical and Unique Children's Decor
Alice in Wonderland Wall Hanging // Whimsical, Magical and Unique Children's Decor
PinkCheeksStudios
$200.00 USD
Where the Wild Things Are Wall Hanging // Whimsical, Magical and Unique Children's Decor
Where the Wild Things Are Wall Hanging // Whimsical, Magical and Unique Children's Decor
PinkCheeksStudios
$200.00 USD
Baby Mobile --- Children of the Forest with Toadstools --- Made to Order
Baby Mobile --- Children of the Forest with Toadstools --- Made to Order
PinkCheeksStudios
$125.00 USD
Flying Circus Lion Mobile // Sweet, fun nursery 3-D art // baby mobile makes a great gift for unique and quirky new parents
Flying Circus Lion Mobile // Sweet, fun nursery 3-D art // baby mobile makes a great gift for unique and quirky new parents
PinkCheeksStudios
$93.00 USD
A Birthday Present ---  Wall Hanging ---  Personalized dolls ---  Made to Order
A Birthday Present --- Wall Hanging --- Personalized dolls --- Made to Order
PinkCheeksStudios
$185.00 USD
Flying Circus Lion Mobile // Sweet, fun nursery 3-D art // baby mobile makes a great gift for unique and quirky new parents
Flying Circus Lion Mobile // Sweet, fun nursery 3-D art // baby mobile makes a great gift for unique and quirky new parents
PinkCheeksStudios
$93.00 USD
Lux Jewel Baby Mobile // Moden, mimimal, shiny mobile // Perfect for new parents excited about their gem of an offspring!
Lux Jewel Baby Mobile // Moden, mimimal, shiny mobile // Perfect for new parents excited about their gem of an offspring!
PinkCheeksStudios
$70.00 USD
The Cloud Prince ---  Blue and Gray ---  Modern Nursery --- Cloud Mobile
The Cloud Prince --- Blue and Gray --- Modern Nursery --- Cloud Mobile
PinkCheeksStudios
$75.00 USD
Animal Friends Mobile ---  Made to order --- Elephant, Penguin, Hedgehog, Hippo
Animal Friends Mobile --- Made to order --- Elephant, Penguin, Hedgehog, Hippo
PinkCheeksStudios
$165.00 USD
Baby Mobile Addition ---  Personalized Baby Name Pennant
Baby Mobile Addition --- Personalized Baby Name Pennant
PinkCheeksStudios
$25.00 USD
Kayaking Frogs Baby Mobile
Kayaking Frogs Baby Mobile
PinkCheeksStudios
$150.00 USD
Mr. Mustache Wall Art Fabric Collage Modern Nursery
Mr. Mustache Wall Art Fabric Collage Modern Nursery
PinkCheeksStudios
$65.00 USD
Mr. Mustache Painting on Wood for a Modern Nursery
Mr. Mustache Painting on Wood for a Modern Nursery
PinkCheeksStudios
$50.00 USD

286 comments

Sign in to add your own