Hello! My name is Ashley Benson and I'm an illustrator living in Laveen, AZ. I've enjoyed working with amazing companies such as Mattel, Hasbro, and Just Play, Inc. in recent years, and I count my lucky stars everyday that I have had this opportunity.
I have always had a love of colorful characters and fun concepts and I chalk it up to being an 80s kid with a wonderful mom who still continues to support my glittery weirdness even to this day.
With this collection, I want to create a fresh take on plush toys with a combination of fruit and animal features called “Fauna Fruits” starting specifically with Tart the Strawbunny and Wedge the Watermurtle! These soft toys combine a rabbit base with strawberry-like features and a turtle/tortoise with watermelon-like features. After almost a year and a half, I finally have my first prototypes of Tart and Wedge and this whole project is something very near and dear to my heart. This whole adventure may have started with Tart the Strawbunny, but it certainly doesn't end there! I have 10 Fauna Fruits in all that I would love to share with you, but with this campaign, I hope to possibly bring the first 3!
Risks and challenges
I'm working with both local US companies as well as overseas companies. This is a collaboration of different companies, producing great products, but there are always unexpected issues such as delays which could be caused by natural disasters, illness, and other unforeseen occurrences. Shipping delays are always possible, but I promise that as soon as I know, you'll know when everything arrives.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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