Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Curiously Big Boto Premier

On Friday, July 25, 2008, visual artists, musicians, art lovers, family, friends and neighbors came together to welcome the newest rotation of local art at the Curiosity Shoppe's Fourth Friday.

Baffle the Cat entertained the crowd with their "experimental, jazzy, jammy" tunes and Fishtick acoustically rocked out in the front of the shop. Inside, the beer and wine were flowing and so was the boto love.

Thanks everyone for coming out to party! I couldn't have asked for a better turn out. Also I want to give a special shout out to my homies at Citypaper whose boto support never ceases to amaze me. You can still check out my work at the Curiosity Shoppe until September. 529 S. 4th Street (on 4th st. btw South and Lombard).

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Are You Curious?

The Curiosity Shoppe is Philly's own little shop of wonders--wearable, hangable, playable and readable. If you haven't heard of it before or have just passed by but never ventured in, then this Friday should be your ice breaker. On Friday, July 25th, from 9pm-12am, the Curiosity Shoppe will celebrate its latest rotation of local artists displaying their work from July-September. To kick off this 4th Friday party, Baffle the Cat & Fishtstick will provide the music and Chris Francz will do Live Drawing.

I'll be unveiling my brand new never-before-seen giant Botodesigns paintings! So come join me and the gang of local artists for this opening night of art, music, booze and fun!

Place: Curiosity Shoppe
Address: 529 S. 4th Street (on 4th st. btw South and Lombard)
Time: Friday, July 25, 2008 at 9:00pm-12am

Monday, July 14, 2008

Little Italy Meets Botodesigns: CRAFTADELPHIA! Recap

This past Saturday, Botodesigns was introduced to Little Italy. On the corner of 9th and Christian, three fellow Philly Etsians and I set up our booths in front of the lovely Mew Gallery, the gracious hosts of our monthly Philly Etsy Craftadelphia! Show. Though the event was small, my little botos where a hit with passersby, locals, and of course my rockin' family and friends who can be counted on to come out and show not only boto love but also support for other local artists.

My booth space was limited but I made the most of it by creating a tower of shirts, placing my work at different levels and the pièce de résistance was getting a Sam to stand by the booth and model his custom Takoboto shirt with Tupperware of Baby Carrots.

In the mid afternoon one of my favorite planto babies and super boto support family showed up for some custom work pick up and to purchase some more botoful items for their collection.

Planto baby's equally adorable big sis got her very own botodesigns, a custom pink Takoboto shirt and a set of Boto Buttons,which she immediately pinned to the hem of her new shirt.

But boto buttons aren't just for kids. Here, my cousin Ophir models his shiny new Fukurobo pin.

Thanks everyone! And stay tuned for more boto events.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Planto Appreciation

A few days ago I received a lovely email from a lady who purchased a Planto Onesie for her baby girl. She bought the onesie from my booth at the Clark Park Music and Arts Fest and "since then, (she has) put that onesie on her daughter every time it comes out from the wash." The email included a picture of her daughter's most recent Planto promotion. The photo was so unbelievably cute that I felt the need to share it with the world.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


Itching to buy local handmade art? The Philly Etsy Team has just the cure: CRAFTADELPHIA! Come out to South Philly this weekend to shop, mingle and meet local designers selling everything from clothing, cards, jewelry, dolls, paintings and more. The event takes place Saturday, July 12, at Mew Gallery 906 Christian Street from 11am - 4pm. Oh and of course Botodesigns will be selling some brand new products to satisfy all of your robot (and plant) needs.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Can You Feel The Love?

One chilly November evening I painted a little picture that warmed my heart. The painting features Botoka, the girly bot, coyly eying Boto, the boy bot, while a small pink heart hovers above them. I titled the work Doki Doki which is how the Japanese text at the bottom of the painting is read. "Doki Doki" is a Japanese sound for a beating heart. It is also slang for having butterflies in your stomach when a cute guy (or robot) is near. The painting was a hit! And soon I was flooded with requests for repeats and custom Doki Doki paintings. The Doki Doki orders continue to flow and I thought it was time to share some of these lovely requests with the world. They make me smile every time I think about them and the lovely people who commissioned them to make their spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend feel the love.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Seasons of Love

I recently completed a series of paintings showcasing the boto fam's favorite seasons. You can view/purchase the original paintings at OMOI. 1608 Pine St. Philadelphia. Or if your budget is a bit smaller then check out the mini-prints of this series in my etsy shop (available individually and as a set).

Falling leaves and crimson colored trees make Boto and Botoka happy robots.

Grey days and frosty weather make Kuroboto feel happy happy.

It's a beautiful day to enjoy a picnic beneath the blossoming cherry trees. An oHanami (flower viewing) is not complete without a bento, sake, cherry blossom ice cream and a blue tarp.

Takoboto the Octo Bot happily slithers along in the mid-July rain.