Today HAS to be a happy day. I've been reminded of not one but two of my favourite bowl cut, heavy fringed characters and it's all down to Hong Kong illustrator, make-up artist, fashion designer and general creative multi-tasker May Sum and her Wahahafactory label. I'm semi-familiar with her make-up editorial work via the smattering of HK mags I receive from the motherland. However, I didn't know about her accessories label adorned with her illustration work that is stocked at Hong Kong places like LCX and Gallery de Vie. Then again, it has been a whole three years since I've been back so I'm generally un-clued as to what is going on in general over there.
Anyhow, a look through Wahaha's relatively new Etsy store and we're introduced to May Sum's reconfiguration of Barbie. May is not into Barbie whatsoever. Instead, she's lost the 'a' and called her Bybie, a gal who likes pearls, perfect bowl-cuts and rosy cheeks. Bybie's demeanous together with all May's illustrations cumulatively remind me of two people; the young Matsuko in the brilliant Memories of Matsuko (highly recommended DVD watch…) and Chibi Maruko-Chan, a cartoon I was far too old for but watched anyway. Without going into boring descriptions, suffice to say, Wuhahafactory's work conjures up all the happy things that really make my day even if it is just a brief reminder of watching said film and cartoon…oh and my days with my sis Lou as Miss Bowl Cut 1 and 2.
As for the accessories themselves, even though I'm supposed to be shedding my weakness for all things kitschy/cute, I'd indulge just for the chuckle factor.