Chewin gallery: The outfits!

This is the final part of the Chewin Chronicles, he he. In the photos that follow, the outfits Chewin has auctioned off at e bay in the last year or so. We get two in one though, as all the dolls that model for these are his repaints too - you will recognize some of the faces you have seen in previous posts.I hope everyone enjoyed his work as much as I did. I am certain we will see more great things from him in the future.

Remember the black fashion on my Obsidian Vanessa? Here is the original on a repainted Face Time Eugenia.

A repainted Hypnotic Francisco Leon wears a jeans outfit similar to that of my Francisco in a previous post. Only the colors differ.

A closer look at the repaint...ahem...

White jacket, jeans and turtleneck for Primal Urges Francisco Leon

A repaint of Aquaman wears a Chewin fashion and looks very trendy.

Even Sybarites get the Chewin treatment.

Veronique Perrin gets a Chewin makeover and an outfit too! This versatile little number consists of a bolero jacket, bodysuit and skirt.

Basil wears a dark navy jacket and tie, silk Thai pants and plaid shirt

A brown corduroy ensemble for Francisco Leon - with a white turtleneck.

Evandro, a Matt repaint, wears a black outfit with a chequered lining.

Chewin's repaint of Pierre, one of his best works in 1/6, is wearing a plaid vest over a knit t-shirt and faded jeans.

Francisco is wearing a coat over a vest, turtlenecks and pants.

This repaint of Matt wears a creamy yellow collarless jacket over a shirt and silk pants.

A Sybarite in gold. A very sexy dress from Chewin.

High & Mighty Darius Reid gets a serious makeover as an exotic guru with Nadja Rhymes as a protégée in her red lace frills.

We have seen the outfit Francisco is wearing in a previous post. But the main focus here must be Ayumi next to him: wearing a gunmetal silk Thai suit with a red & white polka dot scarf, this repainted beauty steals the show.

Romantic look and outfit for this lovely Sybarite doll.

Matt as a teenager? And in a boys band? Monkees beware!

A very dapper Matt repaint in jacket, striped shirt and jeans - a very Italian look.

Remember Jerome? Here is his exquisite Native American costume.

I love white/cream for winter. Here is Matt in a coat, sweater and pants by Chewin.

Mahiru sporting a trench coat over a Nehru jacket and pants. Impeccable tailoring!

Rule Breaker Pierre De Vries in sweater, shirt and jeans by Chewin.

A modern dandy look for Matt - très chic!

Natalia Fatalé is going riding in a very elegant version of a riding costume.

Stripes for our fashionable Francisco Leon .

Pierre De Vries is ready for the boardroom in this tailored suit.

Here is a close up of the suit's jacket: the details speak for themselves.

And for our finale, Sadao wears a corduroy vest over a cream sweater, white shirt, red tie and jeans with leather belt.

All photos courtesy of Pornchewin Malipunte

Chewin gallery: The repaints!

Here are the Chewin repaints I managed to archive from his e-bay photos. His work is truly amazing and the detail he lavishes on each doll is breathtaking. Usually apart from repainted, they are re-rooted too, with equally amazing results.So without further ado, here is his unique work:

Angelina, a former Tonner Sydney

A repain of Tonner's Aquaman doll, posing as a model for Chewin clothing.

A Tonner Basil repaint

A Tonner Charlotte

Eugen, an Effanbee Basil

A Tonner Matt repaint as a Native American called Jerome.

Mahiru was a Tonner Matt. Notice the tattoo on the shoulder & chest.

Going to smaller dolls for a change: Sadao is a Fashion Royalty Francisco Leon repaint.

I have not included dolls already featured in previous posts. And of course this is far from a total archive of Chewin's work so far. So feel free to join in with your own dolls made by Chewin. His outstanding outfits will be featured in a similar presentation on the next post.
All photos courtesy of Pornchewin Malipunte

Meet the Artist: Pornchewin Malipunte and Kittimavadee Malipunte - part 3

Here is the final part of the Chewin interview - I really hope everyone enjoyed it!

FDC: What has been the most rewarding part of making doll-size clothes?
The most rewarding part of making doll clothing is when the buyer purchases one of our products, and they truly appreciate all the hard work and creativity that has gone into creating the doll. Being admired for my hard work, dedication and creativity is a very rewarding feeling for me.

Chewin jeans fashion on my FR Primal Urges Francisco Leon.
Check the details and finishes inside and out.

Detail of the same outfit with it's knit t-shirt.
The exquisite belt has a snake skin insert in the original leather.

FDC: What is the most difficult part of making doll-size clothes?
Working with dolls is a very difficult and time consuming task because of the precision needed in creating a beautiful product. Dolls are very small in size so they require a great deal of concentration and patience. I would have to say working on the sleeves of the dolls is one of the most difficult challenges I face during the entire creation process. I am working with a very small space and the slightest mistake can ruin the entire product.

Here is a Chewin FR sized fashion on a Hot Toys action figure from Aliens.
Except from the length of the pants, it fits great.
All accessories except shoes from Chewin.

FDC: Are we going to see more accessories for your outfits? Like bags and shoes? Your belts are very well made.
No, actually, there is a skilled craftsman that lives near my house. He creates many items for dolls such as furniture, cloths, weapons, belts and shoes. But I think only Matt’s shoes and belts are the best work he has done.

FR Tête a Tête Pierre De Vries in a Chewin vest, scarf, shirt, jeans and belt.

FDC: What kind of details do you make sure to always incorporate into your clothes/dolls?
For clothes, I think nice and neat details are rather outstanding in our fashions. For each doll I create, I always put real eyelashes [for dolls] on the upper lids and try to give it a profound look.

FR Darius Reid in shirt, knit vest, shorts, belt and striped socks from Chewin.

FDC: What has been your favorite outfit/piece so far and why?
I like the Tuxedo or any jackets for Matt O’Neil and casual wears for FR Hommes. These fashions make the dolls look very exquisite. I plan to make such fashions for FR Females too.

FR Hypnotic Francisco Leon in a Chewin coat, mock turtleneck, belt and pants.
Bag and shoes by Fashion Royalty's Thrill Seeker outfit.

Close up of the same outfit without the coat.

FDC: Are there any tips or advice for all the doll-clothing makers out there you'd like to share?
Chewin: For doll fashion designer/maker:
  • You should realize the accurate proportion of the doll that you’re going to make the outfit for.
  • You should select the proper fabric, pattern or even the button that should match or is suitable for the doll size.
FR Euphoric Pierre De Vries in turtle-neck, leather belt and chequered pants from Chewin.
Bag and shoes from FR Euro-Classic outfit.

For doll re-painter:
  • You should know the basic structure about human anatomy and muscle definition especially around the face area.
  • You should realize the skills you have when using different techniques.
  • You should realize that you can paint any details your mind imagines on the doll’s face with the smallest brush.
  • The most important thing before making the repaint is : you should realize that after the repaint, your work should be better than the original paint that you have just removed.

A change of clothes for Pierre: Coat, shirt and pants by Chewin.

A close up for details of the coat with its lovely leather belt...

...and the back: excellent workmanship.

FDC: Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself, your dolls or your clothing?
My sister and I work on dolls purely for the love and satisfaction it brings us. We love our dolls and we take great pride in modifying them so they can be re-born with a new beautiful appearance that comes from our imagination. We are so honored that people all over the world can respect the hard work and effort we put into each doll that we work on. We are overwhelmed with excitements moments before our doll is to be auctioned on e-bay. I would like to say that creating dolls is a passion that my sister and I developed over the years. We are happy to create such beauty for the world to see. All we can hope is that people continue to appreciate our dolls and to keep selling them on a worldwide level.

The Chewin gang: my FR Homme guys with clothes from Chewin.

This is the end of the interview with the talented Pornchewin Malipunte. Let me add that he takes good care not only of the outfits he sells but also of their packaging: he sends each ensemble packed in a plastic bag which is enclosed in a fabric clothes bag with zipper and see-through "window"! See one below:

In the next post, I will feature Chewin's various repaints that have been sold at times on ebay. Stay tuned!

All photos and styling in this post by Stratos

Meet the Artist: Pornchewin Malipunte and Kittimavadee Malipunte - part 2

Here is part 2 of my interview with the talented Chewin and his sister:

FDC: Who is your fashion icon?
No one is my fashion icon. Any fashions attract me that are suited for dolls. I can re-sketch or redesign some parts before making. Some fashions are fascinating when people wear them but look so clumsy when they’re on the dolls.

Tonner Matt as Vampire by Chewin

FDC: What is your favorite doll to work/design for?
Matt O’Neil is my favorite doll to work for, because the proportion of Matt is not too big or too small though his figure is not as perfect as FR Hommes. But after dressing him in fashions, everyone can imagine that he looks great as a supermodel or any kind of people we wish him to be.

Tonner Matt as a bad boy, by Chewin

FDC: What is your favorite doll sculpt to re-paint? Is there a least favorite one?
I think the majority of doll repaint artists prefer working on Tonner Dolls because this company manufactures such a large variety of different doll faces. Also the detail that goes into each and every doll face is rather perfect. Finally the size of head is easy to hold which make the repainting process very smooth and easy. I like the face of Daphne and Angelina, they have a perfect detail on their face, but I don’t like Betty Ann and Osmopolitan, I think their facial shapes are a little too big.

Tonner Matt as Supermodel Marcus, by Chewin

FDC: What is your all-time favorite doll?
My all time favorite doll is the Kotalin or Elizabeth dolls which are created by Jozef Szekeres. I feel he does exceptional work creating doll clothing and is very skillful at Fine Art as well.

Elizabeth doll by Jozef Szekeres

FDC: Do you try new techniques on spare dolls before changing a new one or do you just 'go for it', so to speak?
Yes, I always like to experiment and try new techniques on my repainted doll such as oils, acrylic, airbrush or pastel etc. Before I apply my new techniques, I always work with a spare doll first, to see the effect after repainting and to discover any changes that may need to be made in order to create perfection.

One of the most beautiful FR Homme repaints of Chewin

FDC: What is your most favorite fabric/material to work with and what is your least favorite fabric/material to work with?
The fabric that is used for creating doll clothing is sometimes different from the materials we wear. There are specific materials that are best for 16-17” dolls but not suitable for 12-13” dolls. In regards to the type of fabric, I prefer using Thai silk, wool or jeans and I don’t like making outfits with leather or velvet.

A lovely outfit for Tonner Matt, shirt and pants in Thai silk, by Chewin.

A lovely ladies fashion by Chewin,
worn by the gorgeous FR Glam Slam Kyori,
on a taller FR body. Notice the detail and quality
of the Malipunte siblings' work.

This is the end of part 2 of the interview. Next post will be the 3rd and final part.

Photo credits: all photos in this post courtesy of Pornchewin Malipunte except the Kyori Sato photograph, courtesy of Stratos Bacalis.

Meet the Artist: Pornchewin Malipunte and Kittimavadee Malipunte - part 1

Apart from factory dolls, there is a big part of doll collecting that involves re-painted dolls and handmade fashions, either one of a kind or produced in multiple copies. So I decided to feature those talented artists on my blog too, to find out more about their passion, their talent and share tips with you.
I am really honored and proud to be able to present to you the very talented duo of brother and sister, Pornchewin Malipunte and Kittimavadee Malipunte. Chewin, as he is better known, is just becoming known to more people in the doll collecting scene. His attractive re-paints of male and female dolls and his wonderful fashions have people talking with admiration on the doll boards. So here is the first part of an interview with him:

Chewin and his sister Kittimavadee
He is holding a Claire CED doll.

FDC: How did you discover fashion dolls?
Chewin: I started to develop a strong passion and love for art since I was around 6 years old. Art has always been such an important part of my life. I graduated from University with a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts and M.A. in Art History. Also, I love collecting a variety of different dolls and modifying to have a new fashion, and new facial features. This passion runs in my family. Since a young age, my sister, Kittimavadee Malipunte also developed a love and passion for making outfits for dolls. While growing up, we both started collecting dolls from many companies such as Barbie, Madame Alexander, Tonner, Fashion Royalty, Diva Doll, Sybarite and Super Dollfie etc.

Chewin's watercolor painting. A similar one graces his business cards.

Also, I have many friends who share the same passion for collecting dolls as I do. We would make the outfits for many different types of dolls and sell them to doll stores for only a short period of time. Then after seeing some doll designers from Thailand selling their work worldwide at the auction on the e-bay website, we started to get some new ideas on how we can sell our products to customers that not only live in Thailand, but may live on the other side of the world as well. This posed a few challenges for me, so I asked my sister if she would be willing to make the outfits for the dolls we sell. She agreed to participate which was such a relief! We prefer to create the outfits for male dolls because they are not commonly seen on e bay auctions. And then our first fashion design for Matt O’Neil was shown on e-bay and we were very proud for this to happen.

First fashion for Matt from Chewin on ebay.

FDC:Which came first-clothes making or doll re-painting?

Chewin: In Thailand, I worked on repainting the dolls first. But when I had to prepare the dolls before showcasing them on e bay, we had to work on the fashion aspect first.

FDC:When did you first start selling your dolls/clothes?
Chewin: I started selling doll fashions in the year 2005, and I began repainting dolls in the years 2006.

A Matt O'Neil Tonner re-paint by Chewin.
His name is Evandro

FDC: Did you encounter any obstacles before selling/marketing your dolls/clothes?
Chewin: One of the biggest obstacles for me is trying to meet the needs of the collectors. Most collectors prefer collecting female dolls as opposed to male dolls. So the demand for male doll outfits is very low. Also, when I showcase my dolls on e-bay, I have to wait for the potential costumer’s feedback on whether or not they are interested in purchasing the product. Their feedback helps explain our products in much more detail, which is actually a much better description than the one I provide on the selling page.

Chewin designs clothes for female dolls too
Here a color variant of one of his outfits made for me,
on my Obsidian Society Vanessa Perrin

FDC: Where do you usually sell your dolls/clothing?
In the past, I was granted permission to sell the clothing for, and repaint certain types of dolls for Barbie and Tonner here in Bangkok, Thailand. I no longer work on those products because collectors seem to have turned their interests onto Momoko and Pullip dolls instead. This is why I turned to starting my own business on e bay.

One of Chewin's creations on a Sybarite doll.

FDC: What inspires you? Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
Chewin: My inspiration comes from a variety of things that are around me. For example, I am inspired by looking through fashion magazines, watching fashion shows on T.V., movies or even the different types of clothes that people wear around me. For doll repainting, movie stars, super-models, musicians and using my own imagination are all things that inspire me.

Chewin's amazing repaint of Tonner's Peter Parker to look more like Toby McGuire.

FDC: How long does it usually take from conception to completion for any doll/outfit?
There is no specific or set time when it comes to completing clothing for a doll. Each item of clothing takes a different amount of time to complete. Some can be finished in half a day, while others may take 1, 2 or even three days to fully complete. For doll repainting, that process can be finished in roughly 5-8 hours depending on how much detail is needed. Men dolls are usually much more difficult to complete than women dolls because you have to avoid any detail points that resemble female, such as the eyes, eyebrows, mouth and hair style. For me, to have the opportunity to remake a doll with news looks from the original paint is perfect.

This is the end of part 1 of my interview with Chewin. It will continue in the next post, with more photos of his amazing work.

Photo credits: Photos of Chewin and his sister, his painting, first matt fashion, Tonner re-paint, Sybarite and Peter Parker all courtesy of Pronchewin Malipunte. Obsidian Society Vanessa photo courtesy of Stratos Bacalis.