Hello, my name is Megumi Todd. I am a made in Japan self educated artist mainly works on carving miniatures in wood.
Lived in Tokyo for most of my life.
I grew up in a creative family, starting from my grandfather who was a mastered tailor and grandmother who was a hair stylist. Another side of grandfather was a professional theatre signs artist (It used to be paintings on theatre signs than using still images back then.)
My father was also involved to design female casual outfit in his early apparel career, my older brother became a professional hatter in Tokyo and my younger brother was a hair stylist.
To be honest, my career was nothing but office works back in Tokyo and never even imagined to becoming an artist although wood carving has always been one of my hobbies since I was 6.
When I first started MonkEyG studio in Etsy, I did not expect to see my new career grow this much. I am trully thankful to people who's been supporting my art and publishers that gave me opportunities to share my works in their magazines, galleries that included me for their exhibitions.
Now I am more active to challenge in different mediums and forms than just miniature wooden dolls or sculptures with new knowledge and techniques I've learnt over so many failures. And of course I will keep carving in wood.
Because carving in wood is like.. putting a soul back in wood that are different forms than a tree.
I make each one of creations with a hope to be inspirational companions to each buyers and collectors.
Carving miniatures in woods is what I mainly do though I am starting to expand the possibilities in different mediums such as resin to create copies of my miniatures.
There are times that I am more focused on designing new inventions, home decors, and jewelry but probably I am more known for a miniature wooden art doll artist.
I carve with carving knives and chisels in a variety of woods. Polish and adjusting each pieces and then paint by hand. It generally takes 2 weeks to complete a miniature wooden ball jointed doll, but also depends on the details and the scale.
"L'extraordinaire petite Amare est arrivée en France rapidement et bien protégée... Et elle est vraiment merveilleuse,très mobile,expressive,soignée,très joliment détaillée,et sculptée dans un bois magnifique! Je remercie encore sincèrement la talentueuse Megumi pour cet incroyable et unique petit trésor!"
"I love the doll!! Megumi is a very talented sculptor. She depicted her face in great details and it does look like the doll would speak with her eyes!! The photo didn't do the justice and the doll is much beautiful in person. I am a return customer and Megumi's doll always exceed my expectation."
"先程無事に受け取りました。今迄ブラウザを通して、でしか見られなかった作品を、実際に手に出来て本当に嬉しいです。 このサイズなのにこの完成度。ただただ感動するばかりです。一生の宝物にさせて頂きます。 この度は貴重な作品をお譲り下さり、本当にありがとうございました。今後産み出される作品も楽しみに致しております。"
"Amazing Artist, such fine details, care, workmanship, passion. There is nothing that compares. I am in love with each and every carving line, groove, detail. Truly, one of a kind to the highest standards of doll making, of artisans, of true artists. I yearn for a grown AA male; ) to add to my growing collection! Xoxo"