Lam Pei – Flying Sofye
One day while visiting an old store that was about to be closed down, Lam Pei saw a landscape painting being thrown away. She took the painting home and drew a character on it, that’s how Flying Sofye was born (The work is named “Stolen Landscape”).
Sofye travels between different space and time to find gems among discarded items, hoping people can learn how to cherish and preserve. Produced by TOY0+, colouring application supervised by Lam Pei, Flying Sofye soft vinyl toy is 13.6cm tall.
About +Artist : Lam Pei
Lam Pei is a Hong Kong-based illustrator and visual artist, who focuses on illustration, paper-mache and reused wood as the main media. She likes to share and express her cherishing towards antiquity to her audience.
The most popular art series produced by Lam Pei would be “Flying Sofye”. Travelling through different places and scenes, Sofye, the main character hopes to discover some hidden stories behind old people or old things. Throughout the years, Lam Pei has been spreading the message of “Treasure and cherish” to the public by pieces of artworks. In addition, she has established a brand called “Flying Sofye”. Not only illustrations but also cloth art products have been selling under the brand. With the edges of “Made in Hong Kong”, small production and nice quality, these products have been gaining popularity and many good comments.
On the other hand, Lam Pei has been playing an active role in Hong Kong’s mall events. For example, “The Easter Paradise of Thief Sofie” at apm (2012) and “The Autumn Star Playground of Flying Sofye” at Pioneer Centre, Mongkok (2013). Moreover, in 2014, “Flying Sofye” won “The 3rd Greater China Illustration Awards – The second runner-up of The Best Illustration (Self – Initiation & For Sale).
TOY0+Could you share with us how "Flying Sofye" was born and the process during your creation? I guess the fans would love to know that.
Lam PeiThere's always an official induction, but in fact the story behind was once I forgot to return the keys to my friends, I suddenly think of illustrated a female thief on my sketch book, by colouring it, I felt like she became realistic and alive. Later on, I got an oil painting from a closed down shop, I drew this mysterious and interesting thief character "Sofye" into it, then it became my first work called "Stolen Landscapes ."
TOY0+Do you collect any toys? What kind of toys do you like?
Lam PeiI like some more nostalgic traditional toys, like ragdolls or with metallic texture. 我喜歡一些比較懷舊的玩具，或有質感的，像布類或金屬也很喜歡。
TOY0+What do you think about the toy culture? How would you think that a designer toy means to you?
Lam PeiThe toy culture is fresh to me, in the past I thought only the famous characters could be produce to vinyl toy, but now I can see that there are many different types of vinyl toys in the market. As being an illustrator, it is a really interesting experience to see my works transform into a 3D object!
TOY0+What is your impression of bringing your created illustration character "Flying Sofye" into soft vinyl collectible figure with TOY0+.
Lam PeiThis is my first time to collaborate with TOY0+, which allows me to understand different kinds of materials and details during the toy production, which also inspired me to create other characters into vinyl toys in the future.
TOY0+As we know you specially love paper mache, and you had also made your own Sofye figure by using paper mache technique, comparing with the upcoming soft vinyl version, what do you think the difference between both materials and textures?
Lam PeiPaper-mache art is very meaningful to me, I love to collect waste paper to create artworks, which makes waste become valuable, similar with Sofye, love to share and express her cherishing towards antiquity.
TOY0+Fans will be able to get the first "Flying Sofye" soft vinyl figure during the ACGHK2017, and It will be a "Glow In The Dark" Version! Apart from that, have you prepare any other plans during the show that could be share with us now?
Lam PeiI prepared a zine "Stolen Landscapes", as well as a series of art print and postcard.
我還預一本zine 「偷來的風景」，以及這個系列的art print 及postcard.