Anna Hrachovec

Anna Hrachovec is a Chicago­based designer and artist who combines her passions for knitting and characters to create toys, installations, and animations that all ages can get excited about. What started out as Anna's hobby in 2007 has over the years grown into a huge imaginary realm called Mochimochi Land, where a cast of creatures of all sizes and types play and fight and occasionally eat each other.

Anna divides her time between designing patterns that she shares with an enthusiastic crafting audience and creating knitted pieces for exhibition and commercial projects. Her character­based soft sculptures and installations have been exhibited in galleries around the US and in Europe and Asia. In 2013 and 2014, her creations were featured in animated holiday network IDs on Nickelodeon.

She has written five books about knitting toys, the newest of which is Adventures in Mochimochi Land, a combination storybook and pattern book.

Miho_S

Miho_S, Miho Sadogawa was behind the creative venture of Erotic Dragon and was an integral member of the mothership Furi Furi Company since its founding. Her style is marked by an unique fusion of Japanese pop sensibility and the ethnic traditions of various other Asian cultures.

Her work has been featured in the “Always” print advertisement campaign for Procter&Gamble in many major women’s magazines. In 2003, she was commissioned to illustrate the cover and one of the fairy tales for GRIMM, a contemporary version of the Grimm fairy tales published by Die Gestalten Verlag.

In 2004 – 5, MIho went on to work even more closely with Die Gestalten in creating “Life of Buddha”, a visionary book project for which Miho took on primary design, illustration, and story development duties. The book is based on the classic tale of Siddhartha’s path to becoming the Buddha and deftly illustrated throughout with Miho's visuals.

Miho, who has been an avid fan of Ingress, was discovered by John Hanke, the founder of Niantic, Inc. in 2014, are working closely for Ingress to provide her artworks for their promotion as well as merchandising projects.

STINA PERSSON

Stina uses ink, watercolor or collages with ceremonial Mexican cut papers to create a style that is both vivid and elegant. She fuses the traditional with the edgy to introduce a modern look to illustration – a look that is appreciated by numerous clients including Nike, Microsoft, Louis Vuitton, Veuve Clicquot, L’Oreal, O.P.I., Vogue Japan, W Magazine, and WWD Magazine.

Stina studied fine art in Perugia and fashion drawing in Florence, and also has a degree in illustration from Pratt Institute in New York. She was awarded the Society of Illustrator’s Student Scholarship in 1996 and in 1997, and has exhibited her work in several shows in New York and in Japan.