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Love can make you happy and cry… it can be inspired your creativity and even make you famous! Let me tell you a love story now…

In 1996, a Korean girl Sun-Min Kim met a western guy David Horvath in New York. Both of them were the students of the Parson School of Design. They fell in love with each other and the relationship started. But after 911 in 2001, Sun-Min was pushed to return to Korea and this couple had to suffer from separation.

While separation, there should be a way to cure the lovesick, right?! David has chosen to create many of his “I-Miss-You-letters” to Sun-Min. As a design graduate, David did not just write, but also draw a little, apron-wearing ugly character, Wage, in every letter to Sun-Min. Sun-Min also hand-sewed doll of Wage to David in return.

Unexpectedly, this little ugly Wage was appreciated by an Asian pop culture store in L.A, Giant Robot. After that, the other children of David and Sun-Min were born one-by-one and a series of characters, namely Uglydolls were formed!

Now, Uglydolls have become a cult phenomenon with adult collectors and can be found anywhere from the windows of the Whitney Museum in Manhattan, Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A. to the shelves of Paul Smith in London.

What a wonderful love story with a happy ending, isn’t it?! You might need to pray for such lovely experience, but not for their first toy and animation show in Asia!

The ugly family is now visiting in Hong Kong! Fabrica Features Hong Kong has invited this design couple to showcase over a hundred handmade plush Uglydolls. A series of animation will also be shown, in which the Uglydolls characters act out their lovely yet humourous instincts.

You might start wonder… why they chose ugly doll to express their love. To David and Sun-Min, “Ugly” means unique, different and original and they think that “Ugly” is beautiful.

When you are in love with somebody, all things about him/her will become special and beautiful. After visit the Uglydolls toy & animation show, you might not find they are “ugly” at all…because you might be caught in the “love trap” with them already.

Pretty Ugly – Uglydolls Toy & Animation Show
By Sun-Min Kim and David Horvath
Date: 26th March – 23th May 2004
Place: Fabrica Features HK
Address: B/F, Prestige Tower, 23 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Text and Photos: Man Chung Lee and CC from Shellmoonsite

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