Friday, December 17, 2010


New York! Botodesigns is super excited to finish off the holiday season with one last 2-day show in Brooklyn!

Expect lots of BRAND NEW, fun, quirky + colorful work and a few very special Brooklyn + NYC inspired pieces!

Saturday, December 18 11am - 5pm
Sunday, December 19 11am - 6pm
Littlefield Performance Space
622 Degraw St, Brooklyn NY

Mention this invite at the show and receive $5 off any $15+ purchase!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Boto Travels - San Francisco, Philadelphia, Paris and London

The Botos are going global!

Check out these boto sightings across the world ...

Moshi Moshi - London, England - painting + print now available at the Botodesigns Etsy shop

Owl's Eye View - Eiffel Tower, Paris, France - painting + print now available at the Botodesigns Etsy shop

Rocky Balboto - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - painting + print now available at the Botodesigns Etsy shop

Dumpling Stroll - Chinatown, San Francisco, California - painting + print now available at the Botodesigns Etsy shop

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Botodesigns @ BUST Magazine Craftacular New York City

I'll be selling my colorful and quirky Botodesigns wares at this year's BUST Magazine Holiday Craftacular in New York CIty. It will be my first Manhattan craft show!

Stop by the Boto booth #33 on the first floor of the Metropolitan Pavilion for all of your robot-ful gift needs.


This holiday season get all your gifts in one place at the BUST Magazine
Craftacular! We’ve got 300+ of the best crafty vendors selling jewelry,
cards, clothes, posters, housewares, toys, and more.

Come early and score one of 500+ free goodie bags. Stay late and enjoy
raffle prizes, special guests, DIY demos, DJs, dancing, tasty drinks, and
delicious treats!

Meet best-selling author and comedian Amy Sedaris and pick up a signed
copy of her new book!

December 12th, 2010
at the Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street New York, NY
Sunday 10am-8pm
1 day only!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Boto Ornaments!

Just in time for Christmas and Chrismukkah! Six fun ornament designs featuring the fun and colorful characters of Botodesigns! Collect them all at the Botodesigns Etsy Shop.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Preventing HIV/AIDS One Boto at a Time!

In honor of World Aids Day, 15% of each sale today at the Botodesigns Etsy Shop will be donated to amfAR The Foundation for Aids Research.

Dosukoi! Fight! - Sumoboto 5x5 Art Print available at the Botodesigns Etsy Shop

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Introducing ... Boto Purse Hooks!

I've been carrying a purse hook for years now and when my own purse hook went suspiciously missing, I thought why not start making my own Botodesigns bag hooks!

So I've designed four bag hooks featuring mini prints of my fun + original artwork.

Purse hooks are super convenient, stylish, foldable and portable. Just unfold your hook, place at the edge of a table and hang your purse, shopping bag, umbrella etc.!

- Lightweight sturdy stainless steel, silver colored
- Magnet locks hook in place when not in use
- Non-slip rubber padding on the bottom of hook holds it in place
- Measures approx. 1.75" when closed + approximately 3.5" long when opened.
- Image is covered with glossy water resistant sealer
- Can hold up to approx. 20 pounds
- Comes with a lovely organza drawstring bag for safe storage and packaged in a black jewelry box perfect for gift giving!

Makes a perfect gift or a party favor!

Check out the Boto Purse Hook Collection now available in my Etsy shop!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

NEW BOTO TEE - Photo Boto - Robot Photographer

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I am SUPER excited to introduce you to the brand new Botodesigns long sleeve tee ... Boto Photo!

I've printed Boto, the robot photographer, onto one of my absolute favorite American Apparel tees, the tri-blend (50% polyester / 25% cotton / 25% rayon) long sleeve v-neck. It's crazy comfortable and I can already predict that I'll be wearing it all winter long (and spring and probably chilly summer nights too).

I've only made a few of these tees so make sure you grab one in my etsy shop or at an upcoming Boto craft show before they're gone.

Monday, November 8, 2010

sketching some new botos

Sketching little bots at Book Trader with a yummy cup of chai.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Testing testing...

I recently created a new painting called Photo Boto and there is just something about it that makes me love it enough to want to blow it up and print it on a comfy long sleeve shirt.

But long sleeve shirts are not so cheap. So I thought I'd poll the people to see if you guys dig it as much as I do.

What do you think?

Like it?
Yes! I would get this for myself or as a gift.
Sorry, I don't like it.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sarah and Brian's Boto Nursery!

My friends and long time Boto fans, Sarah and Brian, just had a beautiful baby girl, Claire!

But long before Claire entered the world, her parents were busily designing and planning a colorful, boto-ful room for her to enjoy.

Check out the pics of their adorable nursery, complete with custom boto wall decals, painting and prints.

Congrats Sarah and Brian!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

new housewares, accessories, and more!

Hey Blogland! The Boto studio has been a flurry of sewing, printing, painting and gluing. It's been a while since my last post so here is an update on some of the projects I've been working on these past few weeks.

Brand new bright and colorful customizable wall hooks!

Soft and stealthy Ninja Boto Doll with detachable shuriken (ninja star) for maximum ninja capability.

Fun and handy pocket mirrors featuring Boat Tour and Robot Tea Party ...

Adorable Boto garland ready to hang on the wall, across a door, over a crib or anywhere you like! Or remove the ornaments and hang them individually in the car or on a tree.

But these are only just a few highlights, stop by the Botodesigns Etsy shop and check out the new tees, art prints, dolls, aprons, greeting cards and more!

Come see Botodesigns in person at a show near you:

SOWA Open Market
Sunday, October 10. 10am - 4pm.
460 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA

SOWA Open Market
Sunday, October 24. 10am - 4pm.
460 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Want to see Boto goods in a store near you??

Wondering where I've been all month? Well ... here at Botodesigns Headquarters I've been busily creating lots of new products and putting together a brand new Fall 2010 Wholesale Catalog!!

This is a big project for me and I'm very excited about getting my work out to the world. So I've been scouring the web and the streets for potential shops to send my catalog to. But I'm sure that there are lots and lots of wonderful shops that I've missed. This is were I need your help!

Want to see Boto goods in a store near you?? List any shop suggestions here or email me at chen [!at] What's in it for you? If a shop you suggest ends up carrying my work then you win a package of Boto gifts!!

Please include the store name, location and any contact info if you know it.

Be sure to check out the Botodesigns website and the shops I currently sell in to get a feel for what shop Boto would fit into.

Can't wait to hear your suggestions!

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SPECIAL NOTE: This post was inspired by the crowd sourcstress and phabulous Philly crafter Sara of girlscantell :D Thanks for the suggestion Sara!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Boto Buttons!

Boto Buttons!, originally uploaded by botodesigns.

Boto Pinback Buttons are back in stock and up in the Botodesigns Etsy Shop!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Boto Designs @ SOWA Open Market 2010

Hey Boston! It's been a little while since Boto Designs has come to visit. So to make up for it I've scheduled 5 new shows for Summer and Fall at the lovely SOWA Open Market!

This Sunday, July 18, will be Boto Designs first Boston show of the summer! I am super excited to show you all of the new Boto goodies like shirts, dolls, stationary, accessories and more ... so make sure you stop by and say Hi!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Kate Jenkins

One of the highlights of my recent London trip was the work of crochet artist, Kate Jenkins.

Her colorful knitted creations were featured in the window of the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery.

Unfortunately the gallery was closed on Saturday but the three pieces in the window display were so great I had to go find some more ...

Check out Kate's show: Come Dine With Kate from July 2 - 24, 2010 at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery

Visit her shop here

Friday, June 11, 2010

Botodesigns @ East Rock Festival on Orange

Boto Designs is making its Connecticut debut at the 1st ever East Rock Festival on Orange!

Come out to enjoy the beautiful East Rock neighborhood at it's best. Stop by the Boto Designs booth for some fun and colorful robot and plant themed art, dolls, clothing, accessories and more!

Also .... I'm working on a special new item just for the festival that you won't want to miss ;)

East Rock Festival on Orange

Saturday, June 12, 2010
Time: 1 pm - 7 pm
Location: East Rock
Street: Orange Street Btw Cottage + Willow Streets
City/Town: New Haven, CT


A fun summer block(s) party!

Food, art, crafts, music, dancing, outdoor movie and theater events...

For the kids (and kids at heart): Jugglers, puppet show, kids art show, cycling events, games and much much more!

Ferris wheel on the summit of East Rock, (transportation to summit available).

The street fest will be from 1 pm. to 7 pm. Followed by a free screening of E.T. at College Woods Park (around 8 pm).

Please come and enjoy our wonderful neighborhood!


Monday, June 7, 2010

T-shirt Take Over!

T-shirt Take Over!, originally uploaded by botodesigns.

A shot of the Boto Designs studio as I get ready for a big show this Saturday in New Haven, Connecticut, East Rock Festival on Orange Street. I decided to rig up a string across my little studio to dry my many screen printed tees. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't come crashing down!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Oh the cuteness...

A little clip of our friends' adorable 2-year old playing and singing a little Korean ditty on Sam's keyboard.

Uploaded by botodesigns on Flickr

Monday, May 31, 2010

I spy ... Naoshi cards at Atticus Bookstore

As you may know, I'm in love with the Japanese sunae artist Naoshi's work (see my previous blog post) so it was wonderful seeing her art on Red Cap Cards for sale at Atticus Bookstore, here in downtown New Haven!

If you've got the Naoshi bug and live in or near NYC, Naoshi recently contacted me to say that she is part of the Emerging Contemporary Artists of Japan Show at 2/20 Gallery in New York City from May 25~June 6, 2010.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Shop Boto Designs at Tracy B Boutique!

Tracy B Boutique, the lovely New Haven shop full of beautiful clothes, accessories and friendly staff, is now carrying Boto Designs!

If you live in New Haven, or are just passing by, make sure you stop in and check out this great store!

Tracy B
1042 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT, 06510
Mon - Sat. 10 am - 6 pm
Sun. 12 pm - 5 pm

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Bye Bye Magnets...

In an effort to cut costs, save space and just 'cause I feel like it, I will no longer be making Boto Magnets. So if you've had you're eye on these little guys for a while ... now's your chance to snatch them up!

And as a special bonus to you Facebook fans + blog readers use the code LASTMAGNETS in your 'Message to Seller' during checkout for a 15% refund for any purchase that includes magnets :D

Shop for Botodesigns magnets and more at

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Recycled Packaging!

Recycled Packaging!, originally uploaded by botodesigns.

Finally found something to do with my misprints ... turn them into t-shirt packaging!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Thursday, May 6, 2010

London Calling!

London Calling - Big Ben Illustration by 3LambsGraphics

This summer my husband is going to study in London ... and when his program is over, I'm going to meet him there!

This marks my very first trip to the UK! I'm super excited and a bit overwhelmed since I have no clue about were to even begin planning the trip.

So I ask you, friends, family and blogland to please share any cheap + clean hotel recommendations, yummy food spots and spectacular sights to see!

Feel free to share links, tips and picks!