We asked one of our staff, S.U., to make her own camera. S.U. is a seductive little lady who's also a bit of trouble,and you'll see her a lot at our store.
I was wondering what kind of eccentric piece you would make, but it turned out to be pretty cute.
Yep, I can do cute things too, you know.
I heard that you were hardly wearing anything while you were working on the camera and made everyone quite uncomfortable.
That's not true!
What were your ideas behind making this camera?
The idea of a teddy bear just seemed cute and appealed to me. But I didn't want to make something that was just cute, so I added some mechanical elements by deliberately leaving the tripod and nuts and bolts exposed and adding a shutter release. I think these elements added some contrast to the puffy bear and made the piece more than just something cutesy. If you push the back of the bear's head, it makes a silly noise, so it's perfect for taking portraits of little kids, too.
What's the title?
chimera camera (kuma)
(A chimera is an imaginary animal made of incongruous parts)
What difficulties did you have making the piece?
The shutter release is a bit finicky, and only goes off about once every five times. It's very much like the artist that made it. (laughs)
Just like you. But wait, if the shutter only goes off once every five times, it seems pretty bad for children's portraits…
If you say stuff like that, I'm not coming to work tomorrow!