At one point I was a wallflower of a preteen who loved Pokemon and desperately wanted a Lapras plush of my own, so without any patterns or prior knowledge, I created one.
Little did I know, over a decade later, I would be holding a thread and needle once again, creating my first My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic plush. That first Rarity prototype took months of extra fabric, tears, and patience, but I eventually l got it right and placed it up on eBay, just in time for Equestria Daily's 45th Plushie Compilation post. From there I decided I wanted to sell my work at Bronycon 2012.
My work was a smash hit, and I sold out in 45 minutes. Now, in 2017, after six years and countless hours behind the needle, Bronycon 2017 will be my final year as a convention vendor. Beginning this September I will be transitioning to a fully-online plush store with loads more updates on social media and new, one-of-a-kind plush creations. Custom OC pieces will also become a bigger part of my work.
Thank you for taking an interest in my site and my work; it means a lot to me! I hope to see you again! Check back for new products and updates to the website. There’s much more to come!
2016 was the first year I was able to appear at more than one pony
convention. As a result, I was able to bring almost double the usual
inventory than in previous years. Despite this, I was completely sold out by
early Sunday morning! I'm continually surprised (and grateful!) for such a positive reaction to my art.
Once again, this year was filled with exciting new people
to meet, connections with community celebrities, and I even had the opportunity
to get to know some of my fellow plush artists.
As in the past, I found my welcoming of OC plush creations to be a popular component of my booth. The opportunity to create one-of-a-kind pieces has always been a hallmark of my passion behind RedPonyPlush, and getting to know the dozens of creative spirits that commission me to bring their characters to life brings me more joy than anything else about being a plush artist. With what was perhaps my most successful year yet, I had to start thinking about long-term plans for RedPonyPlush, and made some big decisions for 2017.
It was awesome to be back on the convention scene in Brooklyn over Valentines Day weekend. The cold did not stop thousands of fans convening in the halls of a beautiful, vintage exhibition space. Lauren Faust and Lena Hall were among the famous names visiting PoNYCon; seeing what those who have worked with the show can do is an experience like no other.
My first regional pony convention brought a ton of opportunities to meet new people, celebrities, and get to know other artists. Fallout Equestria and OC creations were particularly popular, and as it came to a close, my sights were set on summertime.
Most of 2015 was a busy time for me, and I'm glad to have taken a break from the convention scene. 2016 is in full swing now and it's time to set sights on Baltimore in July! Time will tell if this year closes the book on RedPonyPlush, (New adventures await!) but Bronycon 2016 will be an event to remember!
The months leading up to Bronycon 2014 were filled with lots of sewing, designing, and the intention that 2014 would be my final year appearing as a vendor. When I got there, I met hundreds of reasons why I should keep RedPonyPlush going strong into the future.
This time around, and with a focus on my intensely popular mini-sized plushies, I brought somewhere near 220 individual stuffed creations, along with some painted artwork, a guest artist, and a smattering of other one-of-a-kind items. While my canon characters were guest favorites, I was blown away at the response to my expanded OC plush efforts. The response for custom characters as plush creations was huge, and it seemed as though every few minutes I was finding myself discussing options for “plush-ifying” a unique character.
The other artists and convention guests I had the great pleasure of interacting with, as well as the realization that my work has brought more smiles to people than I could’ve imagined, has excited me for another year improving my art and bringing smiles. See you next time!
I said last year that when I sold at Bronycon 2013 I would
go big, and boy did I.
I brought a total of 144 plushies, t-shirts, posters, and
"nervous-citement" about the whole experience. I had plushie giveaways, another giant Luna on display, and a backdrop filled with huge painted wall art. I met so many incredible people, including other artists, community celebrities, and hundreds of people of all ages who stopped by to say hello.
With the help of some amazing people, it was a hugely successful weekend and one of the most fun trips I have ever been on. For my sewing, this Bronycon helped me fully realize the confidence I could have in my own artwork, but the special place I've found to bring my talents and other people together in an affordable and unique way.
Bring on 2014!
My first ever trip to a convention was also my first time
selling at one. And, as you can see that first run was pretty bread-and-butter.
Plushie-making took 3-4 times longer in the beginning because it was so new to me. Not only that, having absolutely no idea what to expect, I somehow thought that nine plushies would be enough to vend to 4000 people. Well, if the fact that I sold out in 45 minutes is any indication, I did well. It freed up the entire rest of the weekend for me to attend Lauren Faust's panel, grab a photo with John de Lancie, hear a baritone chorus of 4000 guys sing the My Little Pony theme song to him, and check out NYC for a day. I left with a hunger for more Pony and ambition to go big in 2013.