We love cute stuff, we love weird stuff (uh, have you seen our Cthulhu slippers?), and we love rabbits. So when we happened upon the hop art of toymaker Victor Huang, we knew we had to feature his work on From Hop to Pop. Lucky for us, Victor is not only quick on the draw email-wise, but also a super neat guy.
When you’re finish reading the interview, be sure to check out his Vickangaroo Etsy Store or his website, Vickangaroo Toy Company.
Cutey widdle cuddwy bunnies!
H2P: If you could be so kind, would you tell us a bit about yourself (age, location, artistic background)?
VH: I am twenty-four years old, located in Chicago, Illinois. In November 2007, I taught myself how to sew and have since been challenging myself and attempting to advance my skills as a toymaker. I am also an aspiring printmaker and illustrator.
H2P: Can you talk about the significance of the rabbit as a muse? How did this develop and what triggered it?
VH: I was born in 1987, which according to the Chinese zodiac is the year of the rabbit. Compassionate, creative and ambitious are traits of rabbits in the zodiac and I’d like to imagine that there is some truth to the description. I am certain that I would not be who I am today if it were not for Bugs Bunny; not only the cartoon character but also the twelve inch tall stuffed toy version that has stood as a friend and accomplice for my entire childhood. He has survived torn limbs and ears and while others have gotten lost he has traversed the country at my side. He now sits comfortably in line with the half dozen other stuffed animals, retelling the same stories to his compatriots for the last decade. It may be time for him to see the world once more!
“Hey, man, what’s wrong? You’re looking a little green…”
H2P: Likewise, is there something about the rabbit in particular that you value (as opposed to other animals)?