National Craft Month: Horror Amigurumi Artist Kim Sofia

By March 20, 2013
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So this week to celebrate National Craft Month, we’re going all dark and creepy, with the incredible creations of crafter/artist Kim Sofia. Originally from Southern California , Kim is now living in Sacramento, where she is taking the knitting and crocheting skills that she learned from her grandma as a child and making some of the most subversive dolls I’ve ever seen. Needless to say, I covet them all.
The inspiration for her creative passion came in 2010 when a friend gave her a book, Creepy Cute Crochet, for Halloween, duh, her favorite holiday.  “I started off with just some zombies, and then tried a Frankenstein’s monster. I kept getting requests for everything– Michael Myers, Freddy Kruger and I just never said no I can’t make them, I didn’t want to believe I couldn’t.”

Here’s a look at one of her first creations, five Left4Dead dolls, that she made at the special request of a friend as a Valentine’s Day gift for his fiance. Best Valentine’s Day gift ever…am I right?

Her love of horror has been a passion of Kim’s for as long as she can remember,  “I’ve loved horror ever since I was a kid. I had a dream that Frankenstein’s monster saved me from a burning building when I was 5, and I’ve been actively in love with monsters ever since.”

It seems like her love of horror, her knack for needlecraft and her passion to create have finally found the perfect outlet. “I’ve always loved creepy action figures and dolls. So when I had generic instructions on how to make amigurumis, it just seemed perfect to make creepy ones. I do sometimes make cuter amigurumi, I have a friend who occasionally asks me to make chickens and bunnies and ladybugs for easter, and I’ve made dolls that aren’t zombies or monsters or movie killers, but the monsters are my favorites.” Kim’s latest creation combines the cute and horrific to sublime effect. Happy Easter!

Kim hopes to get a table at some of the bigger conventions in the next year, but for now she is busy with the custom orders she gets through her Facebook Page, Kim’s Sticks and Strings.  “People approach me on Facebook all the time.  “Could you make me a ____ for such and such a date” and it’s not a question on their part of my ability, but of time constraints. I love it when folks send me pictures and ask me to make them a zombie of their sister for her birthday…the gift of love through undeath!”  I’m pretty sure this is a gift most of us GeekNation readers would be grateful to receive!

Here’s a look at some of Kim’s creepy crafts!

You can follow Kim on Twitter @KreepyKimSofia or on Facebook.  Also be sure and check out her blog!

What would be your dream amigurumi creation? I totally want the Grady twins from The Shining! Let us know what you’d pick in the comments!

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Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: truecrimejunkie.com And here too: xoJane.com She likes being followed.