I always assume, when I see handmade plush toys, they are produced by those loud, hip girls with Etsy accounts that have sewing-themed tattoos adorned on their arms. The face behind HeySoupFace (aka Doug Gauthier), however, is a bearded gent with a quiet demeanor, not at all what I expected the creator of such strange and interesting creations would look like.
His creatures have been front and center at Q Pop for various gallery shows, and he's definitely a rising star in the Los Angeles handmade craft scene. I sat down with Doug to chat about how he's not a girl, yet not a Geppetto.
What's your name and what do you do?
My name is Doug Gauthier. I sew little plush things under the handle "heysoupface."
Handmade stuffed creatures sounds kind of girly.
That's why I call what I do plush art sewn by a man's hand.