ABOUT ARTIST

MOONCASKET

Mooncasket (Evangeline Chan) is a designer and illustrator from Hong Kong who is popular for her cute and quirky character doodles. Wanting to spread her attitude of poking fun and not taking things so seriously, Mooncasket created her kooky monster craze, which is inspired by her every day surrounding and 80-90s cartoon obsession. With the style of bold illustrations outlined in black with a balance of slightly dark and playful imagery, Mooncasket delivers her art with strong impression and reputation.

Throughout the years, Mooncasket participated in a great variety of exhibitions and events. The most well known ones would be her collaborations with House of Vans Hong Kong, which included different types of activities like live painting and street market. Other campaigns would be HKWalls Print Exhibition, Arist Meet & Greet by Cotton On, (y)ours J-01 Gallery, etc.

Mooncasket (Evangeline Chan)是一名香港設計及插畫師,憑著以暗黑為主的大膽插圖風格及古怪而可愛的人物塗鴉聞名。而她創作的怪獸堆俏皮又幽默,一直給人深刻的印象,靈感來自日常生活和80-90年代的西方漫畫風格。Mooncasket盼能鼓勵人們別把所有事情都看得那麼嚴肅和認真,並藉此傳播玩樂和放鬆的正能量。

近年,Mooncasket的創作現身於多項展覽和活動。最為人知的是跟潮牌House of Vans Hong Kong的合作,如現場繪畫和街頭市場。其他活動為HKWalls Print Exhibition, Arist Meet & Greet by Cotton On, (y)ours J-01 Gallery等。

INTERVIEW

TOY0+When we mentioned about “Mooncasket”, people could easily think of the quirky and cute monster craze, and each monster has a unique appearance, facial expression and movement. I believe our fans would be interested to know more about your design ideas and inspiration.
提到Mooncasket大家很易就會聯想到你所設計的古怪又可愛的怪獸堆,而當中每隻都有不同造型、表情及動作,我相信粉絲都會有興趣想了解你背後的設計概念和靈感,可否分享一下?

MOONCASKETLiving in a busy city is stressful at times and people are very complicated creatures. I’ve enjoyed drawing since I was a kid and I find cartoons are a soothing getaway from reality. Life doesn’t have to be so serious all the time and it makes your day a much better day when you see a character that you love. I have a mixture of cartoon inspirations from 80’s – 90’s Americana and monsters of the silver screen. My creatures on the other hand are a part of me, they’re my imaginary friends.
在這個繁忙又充滿壓力的城市,人類其實是十分複雜的生物。我由童年時已經很喜愛繪畫,我認為卡通是一個能帶我暫時離開現實的一種撫慰,是助我減壓放鬆的方法。有時人生不需要對每件事都那麼認真,當你見到你喜歡的卡通人物時,它會令你的日子過得更美好。我的靈感來自80至90年代美式藝術和電影裡面的怪獸。我創作的人物其實都代表著一部分的我,牠們亦是我想像出來的朋友。

TOY0+From a huge number of monsters from your creation, why Bloofus have been chosen for this soft vinyl collectible?
為什麼今次會從那麼多隻怪獸裡特別選擇把Bloofus做成搪膠公仔?

MOONCASKETBloofus is my first character that I have developed and he represents someone who means a lot to me. Bloofus has been with me since the start of my illustration career. He’s like a lucky charm that I keep in my pocket. When I’m feeling down, I imagine this humble furry monster coming to life, giving me giant hugs.
Bloofus是我第一個創作的角色,牠代表著一位對我十分重要的人,而這一個人由我的插畫生涯開始就一直陪伴我至今,就像我口袋裡的一道幸運符。當我灰心時,我會想像這隻謙卑的毛毛怪獸,真真實實地來給我投無數個擁抱。

TOY0+Do you collect any toys? What kind of toys do you like?
你收集任何玩具嗎?喜歡什麼樣的玩具?

MOONCASKETI own a few designer toys, but I mainly collect cartoon figurines from American cult cartoon shows and movies. As well as some of the silver screen monsters like Frankenstein.
我有收集少許設計師玩具,事實上我主要收藏的是來自美國邪惡卡通及電影等的一些模型人物,又或者是電影裡面的怪獸,例如科學怪人。

TOY0+What do you think about the toy culture? How would you think that a designer toy means to you?
你對玩具文化有什麼看法?你認為設計師玩具/搪膠公仔對你來說意味著什麼?

MOONCASKETA designer toy is not just a toy but it’s an idea to share, a story to tell and a character to breathe life into. Each designer / artist has different styles and personalities. Created from imagination, the character is a motto to the designer. It’s always interesting to see how they are conveyed to the real world.
一件設計師玩具不止是一件「玩具」,而是一個可跟人分享的想法,一段故事和一個應被賦予生命的角色。每個設計師/藝術家都有不同的風格和性格。由一堆想像演變出來的角色,可以說是設計師的座右銘,看著它們如何誕生於現實世界,很有趣。

TOY0+Your monster craze has been produced into many products. I believe the collaboration of Mooncasket and Vans would be the most familiar campaign among us, such as the shoes, T-shirts and backpacks. Comparing with these, what are the differences while bringing Bloofus into a soft vinyl collectible toy? Could you share with us on any interesting progress?
你所創作的怪獸堆曾推出過不少產品;最為人熟悉的應該是你跟Vans聯乘推出的鞋、T裇和背包等。比起這些,你覺得讓Bloofus成為搪膠公仔的分別在於那裡?或者當中有沒有一些有趣的成果或想法?

MOONCASKETThere’s a line drawn between client’s work and personal projects. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Vans and bring Bloofus on board with some apparel items. When you work with a client, there will always be expectations and requirements around the creative space. Bringing Bloofus into a collectible toy on the other hand will be considered as a passion project for me as it’s more personal. I also get to know my character better while working on this project.
客戶和自己個人的頂目之間是存在著一條線的。我很開心有機會跟Vans合作,把Bloofus制作成多種服飾產品。當你跟客戶合作時,在創意的層面上總會有很多期望和要求。而將Bloofus變成一件收藏玩具,因為看似比較個人化,我會更把它看成為一一份充滿熱情的項目,整個過程亦令我更瞭解自己創作的角色。

TOY0+And after this collaboration with TOY0+, would you like to bring other created characters into soft vinyl toy collection? And why?
經過這次合作,你會否繼續想將其他創作角色製作成搪膠公仔?為什麼?

MOONCASKETYes, I would love to. I have many more characters that I’d love to bring and share to the world. Bloofus will also need friends. No one likes being alone 🙂
想,我十分樂意。我有很多角色想帶入這個世界,跟人分享。Bloofus都會想認識更多朋友,沒人想做孤獨精 🙂

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