Hi Everyone! My name is Rizzo Michelle. I love to create cute monsters, mythical creatures for adults and little ones. I’m based in Fallbrook, CA where each of my items is lovingly hand and machine sewn created. I always aim to make my designs bring a smile to your face!
Long story short, I started out creating clothing since I was young. I came up with the name The PinUp Chronicles and started to use it professionally after my son was born. For years I’ve made cute rockabilly clothing and accessories. It was fun for a while but art has always been my first love.
I was always intrigued with the designer/custom toy world and decided to create my own designs by customizing old My Little Pony into various characters. I debuted them at the 2013 Comikaze and they were a HIT! I wanted to create more and being a fan of Japanese Kawaii art, I decided to create my own line of cute (kawaii) illustrations and plushies. With the help of my son, we created the Whalasaur a cute prehistoric whale. I debuted my plush line and illustrations at the 2014 New York Comic Con and sold out.
Many customers often tell me that they’ve fallen in love with my work. I’m beyond grateful of the positive reviews I’ve received. I believe the imagination and the cuteness of my work makes people smile.
How Are My Plushies Made?
By hand and machine sewn of course!! My mission is to make honest, as well as safe, quality products. All of my plushies designed and handmade by me. I know I can source out production and pay a company to mass produce my plushies, but I enjoy making them on my own.
I start off making sketches, majority of them are doodles. Majority of my doodles are on post it notes, napkins etc. If I feel that one of my doodles are plush worthy, I start drafting out sewing patterns, and pick out fabric colors. Very simple process.
Will You Go back to making Clothing?
Of course! Hopefully in the near future.
What do you sew with?
Juki and Brother Sewing Machines. I’m not sponsored by them, but I’m welcome for it in the future.
When is the next show you’ll be vending at?