In a galaxy far, far away... plushies were created of Princess Leia and R2D2! :)
These are my plushies for Stitch Wars, a Star Wars inspired plush art show at Bear + Bird Gallery + Boutique in Lauderhill, Florida. The show runs from July 18th - August 29th. The pieces will be available for sale at the opening and online. If you sign up on their mailing list you'll get a preview of the show before anyone else does!
I LOVE Princess Leia's hair buns (who doesn't!), and simplistic design, so I really wanted to make my own version of her. After I made her I knew she needed a little R2D2 sidekick buddy. I did a lot of handstitched work on him, and I think the buttons look really cute.
Star Wars is such a pop culture phenomenon with a HUGE cast of very unique characters, so I had quite a lot of inspiration when I was brainstorming what kind of plushies to make for Stitch Wars. I decided to stick with the original Star Wars trilogy because (to put it quite bluntly...) I'm not a fan of the new Star Wars movies at all. :P I do like some of the designs in the new movies (pretty much anything by incredibly talented conceptual artist Iain McCaig), and I like the 2D animated "Star Wars: Clone Wars" (where we are introduced to the super cool Sith Asajj Ventress) directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (creator/writer/director of "Dexter's Laboratory" and "Samurai Jack"), but I much prefer the original classics. (Puppet Yoda is 1,000 times better than CG Yoda!)
When Leia & R2D2 are together, they remind me of the famous scene in "Star Wars IV: A New Hope" when we see Leia entrusting a secret message for R2D2 to give to Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Well, I think it's time to pop in a Star Wars DVD! :)