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Handmade stuffed plushies 'sewn by a man's hand' with 'Hey, Soupface!'

Doug Gauthier, aka heysoupface

Plush art creations by Doug Gauthier, aka "heysoupface."

Doug Gauthier, aka heysoupface

"Heart Attack" by Doug Gauthier, aka heysoupface.

Doug Gauthier, aka heysoupface

"Bluebeard" by Doug Gauthier, aka heysoupface.

Doug Gauthier, aka heysoupface

"Acorn" by Doug Gauthier, aka heysoupface.

Doug Gauthier, aka heysoupface

"A Ghost" by Doug Gauthier, aka heysoupface.

Doug Gauthier, aka heysoupface

"Bunny Radish" by Doug Gauthier, aka heysoupface.

Tim Ronca

Doug Gauthier, aka heysoupface, at a patchwork art showcase.


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.

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