Interview: Katy Creider (Penguinotic Designs)
We here at Nintendo Okie love helping out other people who are trying to further their love of the hobby, no matter how they’re doing it. This year at the Oklahoma Video Game Exhibition Shelby and I ran into a woman by the name of Katy Creider who was at the event selling some plush dolls and hats that were video game themed. We got to talking and we decided we wanted to help her out and give her a little bit of traffic so we got together to talk about some of the things she has for sale. Her company is called Penguinotic and right now she has a store on Etsy where you can go and check out her game related items. Right now let’s hear from her about her passion for games and a little bit about the things she has available for sale.
My name is Katy and I live in Tulsa, OK. I make custom plushies and stuffed animals based on video games. It’s been a hobby of mine for years. Recently, it’s been seriously cutting into my game time.
How did you get started making video game themed items and how long have you been doing it?
Video games have been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. My love for the characters eventually bled into my work. I started making video game plushies about five years ago. With such a plethora of characters, I could never get bored!
We met briefly at the OVGE earlier this year and you had a lot of your items available for purchase there. How was the show and how were your products received?
This year’s OVGE was my second visit and I had a blast! This year I was shocked and humbled by the attention the patrons paid. Everyone who visited or purchased something from me could not have been nicer! I haven’t had a better experience.
What are your most popular items?
An items popularity largely depends on how recent the game was released. At first, my Super Mario Galaxy Lumas were a huge success. Once that started to dwindle, the personality cores from Portal began to gain popularity. I couldn’t be more excited as Portal is definitely one of my favorite games!
That depends greatly on the item. A luma may take around half an hour while a custom order like Jinbe may take up to 10 hours.
What are some of the more difficult ones to make?
The most difficult has to be Princess Peach and Princess Daisy. While they are some of my favorites, they have quite an amount of detail that takes a significant amount of time. I tend to get impatient with such tiny details.
If people are interested in purchasing something from you, but they don’t see it listed on your store do you take special orders?
I have no problem with special orders! If it is something I’ve previously made, I would happily make it again for them. As for new orders, my availability is limited but I will always try to fit one into my schedule.
I have always wanted to make the characters from Psychonauts. Specifically Boyd. If time permits, you can expect to see him for sale!
Obviously you really like video game themed material. What are some of your favorite games of all time?
Such a tough question! If I had to pick my favorites it would be Legend of Zelda Link to the Past, Portal, Psychonauts, Final Fantasy VIII, and Earthbound. Nothing beats a good classic RPG.
If people are interested in seeing your products where can they go to purchase them?
You can find me on Etsy by visiting penguinotic.etsy.com. I’m hoping to have a website of my own one day. As soon as I learn how!