A cute hybrid between tako (octopus) and neko (cat), Taneko is an “octopuss,” capturing an octopus’ talent for camouflage and mimicry and a cat’s fuzzy cuteness.
Being a warm and soft creature, Taneko is quite friendly, and enjoys befriending other soft and strange characters. ☺
Hello~ I’m Sophia, the mad scientist behind the cute little squish known as Taneko and her fellow squishy friends. What started as simple wordplay nerdery—inspired by my own neko named Tako—has become a full-fledged project that keeps growing everyday!
I guess this was inevitable: I’m a designer who loves both visual and tactile creativity, and has a soft spot for soft plushies, graphic design, and branding. Because of this, my plush characters have become an opportunity to be my own client and design a business for myself doing all the things I love.
I can honestly and happily say that all my plush creations are completely handmade with care and love ♥
Each character’s sewing template and details are personally designed and implemented, and each character’s face is hand-embroidered. Each plush has its own unique little face and personal touch, and no two are entirely identical.
Most of my characters are made from soft polyester fleece, sewing & embroidery thread, and squishy polyester fiber fill. Specialty characters, such as Cosplay Tanekos, may also include faux fur or felt.
Although you’re currently at Taneko’s main (digital) home, she and her friends can also be found IRL! These occasions are whenever I attend local, Midwest craft & art fairs with a mountain of plushies ☺
The easiest way to find out when you can come say hello is...
The Taneko & Friends Mailing List
You’ll not only get updates about when-and-where Taneko’s next events are, but the quickest updates about new plushies, new art projects, and special offers and coupons exclusive to newsletter members! Anyone can join, and you are warmly invited to join my mailing list ♥
If you’d like to see cute and colorful moments in my journey of Taneko & Friends, I invite you to follow Taneko’s Instagram! My posts range from Taneko’s travels to-and-from (and at) events, to cute illustrations and experiments in animation.
Lastly, if you like my work outside of Taneko (or are simply curious) you can view my portfolio, visit my Etsy shop and Redbubble shop, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
And if you can't make it in-person to an event, you can always visit Taneko’s shop to have Taneko and/or any of her friends join your home~