We first began working with Luli Bunny way back in 2010 when she created a collection of 6 Momiji dolls for us named Book Club. Each doll was clutching their favourite book. We were in love from day one. Since then we’ve worked with Luli on several more Momiji and she’s created some all-time faves!
Luli has recently been busy in Argentina, where she lives and works, creating some beautiful exhibitions. As Luli is the designer of this week’s Momiji launch, Birthday Girl we thought we’d catch up with her for a chat.
Hey Luli - it looks like you've been busy lately with your work popping up online and in exhibitions. Can you tell us about bit more about them?
Thank you very much! It’s really nice to share this experience with all Momiji lovers.
Where were the exhibitions held?
Hush, my first solo exhibition, was held at the Argentinean Congress Library Art space. It’s a really nice venue and I was happy for the opportunity to show my work there. I shared the opening night with a very interesting exhibition about Japan culture in Argentina.
Indie Toys AR was a collective exhibition held at Espacio CROMA, which is known for hosting design and art shows.
How did you become involved?
I've been working on Hush for over a year; I submitted my work to the curators a year ago and was selected. It was a great experience, planning, organizing what to show and how to show it.
Regarding Indie Toys AR, I was invited to participate with the Momiji dolls I designed during the last few years. I exhibited them along with toys from some great Argentinean designers.
Was there a special theme?
Yes, there was. Not that all the illustrations were connected graphically because I selected work from different series, but they all shared the same spirit: a search for silence and a time to observe more than to speak.
How did you decide which pieces to submit?
The illustrations I selected for Hush were created during the 2014-2016 period. I was looking for new ways to show my interests about nature, fauna, flora, space and the female figure. I wanted to show a little bit of that process and the result of that search (which still continues).
I also had the opportunity to display many of the lovely products I worked on during the past years, which is really nice because many of them are not available in Argentina.
Many visitors fell in love with the Momiji dolls and asked me where to find them. I had to explain that most of the Book Club dolls were sold out (many Danielle fans!) and also Birthday Girl, which was one of the most wanted :)
How did it feel seeing your work on display?
It’s a great feeling, and what I like the most is to see how people relate to what they see, how they interpret each illustration and find a personal meaning for them.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on many fun projects including books and products that I hope will be available during 2017. Plus a new art show :)
Did you get to meet any new people through being part of the exhibition?
Yes! And I got the chance to talk to people I only knew online. It’s so nice to finally put a face on the many online friends that I didn’t had the chance to see in person before.
What are you excited for in 2017?
2017 in general :)
...And the surprises it will bring!
If you have any questions for Luli about her work or designing Momiji dolls then please leave a comment below and we can ask her!
Find Birthday Girl, Luli's latest Momiji creation in the shop, here.