MonkEyGstudio

Messy Meg's whimsically simple creations

Georgia, United States · 396 Sales

MonkEyGstudio

Messy Meg's whimsically simple creations

Georgia, United States 396 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(134)

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✒Shipment to Canada during Canada post strike
Now that Canada post strike is under negotiation and supposedly the oversea packages will be delivered by them, I put the shipping rate back to normal (USPS). All the shipping fees will be calculated by your shipping location and will be shipped via USPS.
Thank you very much for your understanding and patience for this matter.

✒I am in Daphne's Diary 4th Edition 2016.
I'm so thankful for your support and so that I have came this far. Thank you!


✒ About custom request
I am not able to take any custom orders at the moment. Please follow me on twitter or like my facebook fan pages for future announcement for the openings of the commission works.

✒YouTube
Check out how my creations are made on YouTube MonkEyG studio channelI!
https://www.youtube.com/user/MonkEyGstudio/videos
I'm really appreciated your attention and support by liking / following my shop. It is always a big encouragement :)

✒ Most of my items are one of a kind. I've made each one of them by my own hands.
Also some of my items are included vintage / rare materials that I can not find anymore. So please understand that I can not make the exact same design with the same materials in most of cases.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Have a great day!

Announcement
Last updated on Jul 16, 2016

(Almost) Weekly Announcement

✒Shipment to Canada during Canada post strike
Now that Canada post strike is under negotiation and supposedly the oversea packages will be delivered by them, I put the shipping rate back to normal (USPS). All the shipping fees will be calculated by your shipping location and will be shipped via USPS.
Thank you very much for your understanding and patience for this matter.

✒I am in Daphne's Diary 4th Edition 2016.
I'm so thankful for your support and so that I have came this far. Thank you!


✒ About custom request
I am not able to take any custom orders at the moment. Please follow me on twitter or like my facebook fan pages for future announcement for the openings of the commission works.

✒YouTube
Check out how my creations are made on YouTube MonkEyG studio channelI!
https://www.youtube.com/user/MonkEyGstudio/videos
I'm really appreciated your attention and support by liking / following my shop. It is always a big encouragement :)

✒ Most of my items are one of a kind. I've made each one of them by my own hands.
Also some of my items are included vintage / rare materials that I can not find anymore. So please understand that I can not make the exact same design with the same materials in most of cases.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Have a great day!

Megumi Todd

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Megumi Todd

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(134)
ianmadgrif3

ianmadgrif3 on Aug 5, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Amazing Artist, such fine details, care, workmanship, passion. There is nothing that compares. I am in love with each and every carving line, groove, detail. Truly, one of a kind to the highest standards of doll making, of artisans, of true artists. I yearn for a grown AA male; ) to add to my growing collection! Xoxo

Erika Bray

Erika Bray on Aug 3, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

La petite Gloria est arrivée en France,bien protégée dans sa jolie "boîte",et elle est vraiment magnifique!! Une éternelle petite immortelle,accompagnée d'une extraordinaire poupée (bjd) minuscule... Je remercie encore sincèrement la talentueuse et sympathique Megumi,Un Maître sculpteur exceptionnel,qui atteint la perfection à chacune de ses incroyables créations!

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Carving tiny hands for my miniature dolls alway is a challenge. But each one of them have its own expressions.
Needed to make her eyeballs since ones that I can get from the current doll making material market have too big pupils and doesn't look right on my dolls. -the one in the right is the purchased glass eye-
keycap_starduring the make of her glass eyes
More carving and sanding to get the facial details close to the portraits of Marie Antoinette. Taking pictures during this process help a lot to see the face in objective.

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Marie Antoinette ooak wooden ball jointed art doll
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About

My story

Hello, my name is Megumi.
Before write the story about me and this shop, I'd like to thank all the support you have given. When I first started Etsy shop, I never imagined I'll come this far. I'm even featured in a magazine called "Daphne's Diary 4th edition 2016" and I couldn't keep making and improving my skills, knowledge without your support. Including Etsy itself. If I gave up on these "impossibles", or been eaten up by these negative thoughts, or being jealous of someone else that are successful... I don't know how I would have become.
Thank you!

I grew up in a creative family, starting from my grandfather who was a professional mastered tailor and grandmother who was a hair stylist. Another side of grandfather (my mother's side) was a professional painter mainly worked on the theatre signs (It used to be paintings on theatre signs in japan than using still images from the movies or the play on stage. So he always had paints on his hands.) also, so I always had free lessons (I thought I was helping them finish their commissions as a little girl but... you know they were just trying to make me busy while they were working lol) and inspirations from them.
Drawing, sculpting, sewing, constructing and also break and re-build were my main creative passion as a child. Their personal stories and roots of my bloodline also often have given many ideas for my creations.

My father was also involved to design female casual outfit in his apparel company, but he never wanted his kids (me and my brothers) to be in any of creative businesses even though we were all good at the area of activities than normal school studying. He wanted us to have a secure life with steady income that does not be depend so much on a trend.
Later in his designing, managing carrier, he trapped in a manic-depression and that gave me no choice but to work and support my family instead of going to a high school. Going to a high school after a middle school was not the compulsory education in Japan back then. (Entering a high school required a lot of money even if it's a public school.)
So, my educational background is very poor unlike average Japanese. And this has been my inferiority complex. -I assume this is also why I try very hard to achieve one thing even to corner myself to the edge of physical illness.-

I was lucky enough to have a decent job with a good position offered at age 22 by my old coworkers.
But everything changed (again) after married with my husband who was in the US military when we married. I had to leave my job at some point, and couldn't get another job elsewhere with so many burdens. When we moved in the states, I was feeling a little lost. All the things I have done and built in Japan were gone and now I have to re-build everything. I didn't even know how to open my own bank account. I didn't know which detergent is for what machine. I did not know I can not easily get weak flour. I was 30 years old but knew nothing and also was pregnant with my youngest daughter.

In 2012, my youngest was 1 year old and I started to think, I should do something to earn some money. I hated to be completely dependent on my husband financially.
So I started to google "work at home" (I don't drive by the way), and after several days of digging about etsy, I finally opened my store here.

MonkEyG is, based on my old nickname "monkey girl" because I was such a tomboy (who climbs up on a utility pole on hide and seek -best spot to hide ever-) and new nickname MEG (especially in the states, so people can easily call) combined together. So I can remember my own shop name (I am really bad at remembering names)
Now, I sell my carving sculptures in the size of miniature or micro, and even ball jointed dolls made out of wood.
Not only wood that makes me excited, but leather and metal, fabric to papers... Every mediums I see give me inspirations.
I'd say it's blood. My brother, who was dreaming to become a dancer, became a hatter and has his own shop in Tokyo now (He's also in magazines in Japan). Somewhat my family find joys and satisfactions by creating things even though we are from samurai family..

Now, I just don't want to stop making new items that I think of everyday.
Thinking about new lineups and how people like them, how to improve the current item designs and functions. How to meet the customers wants and needs.
And I dream...
I dream to make this dream bigger and wider.

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