I was born in Japan, came to the U.S. in 1994, and have been living/moving around the state of New York until 2012 when I moved to San Diego to work for my favorite video game developer ever, The Behemoth! I went to an art school in NYC majoring in sculpture, but ended up working a non-art related job just like 95% of all art students.
I love creating stuff with my hands in my free time and I enjoy sewing, cooking, and drawing. I’ve made tons of plushes, but I always had a problem finding a place to display them, so I usually I just gave them away. I guess I get more excited making and finishing them, but not so much after that.
Late 2008 I discovered a love for making bento! (lunchbox in Japanese)
In Japan, a lots of moms wake up early to make bento for their kids and their husbands. Usually they make cute animals or characters from anime shows out of food so that kids will enjoy eating healthy food. Those bento are called “Kyaraben” or “Charaben.” (character bento)
Making bento is so much more challenging than making a plush, but takes only a few of hours. The best part is, your work will be eaten and gone by the end of the day! I hope my creations make you go “ooh, neat!”
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If you’d like to contact me, please email me at annathered[at]gmail.com