Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Well “they” say better late then never…

This is the Shot where I tell you that after much toil the DCTO: Jibun Project site is LIVE!
I've managed to load it with a few goodies and I'm hard at work whipping up a new batch of delicious wallpaper and prints and photos ‘o’ plenty. So please be patient and there will soon be more Zen treats for all. And as always, comments and feedback are welcome.

Oh yes, and just to let you know, the first DCTO: Jibun Project contests is in the works (details soon). So tell all your Mom’s friends that DCTO is LIVE and make sure that they tell 2 friends and so on, and so on… and if your Mom doesn't have any friends then run down to your local toy boutique and hassle the heck out of them to load up on DCTO.


DCTO: Jibun Project


Monday, March 19, 2007

DCTO in action...

Hey Chocolatiers. I throught I should drop this clip of the "Nanakorobi Yaoki" action. It's like Kung-Fu grip! but without the Kung-Fu ...and no grip on account of DCTO ain't got no arms...but you get what I mean.



Saturday, March 17, 2007

Final packaging…

As promised the final packaging design for the DCTO:Jibun Project.
I really wanted do a different colour box for each of the colour ways.
Let me know what you think. Comments and feedback are always welcome.

19cm x 19cm x 20.5cm


Wednesday, March 07, 2007

What's in a Name?

I know I promised the final packaging design in the next post and I will be posting that very soon, but because I’ve received e-mails asking about the project, I wanted to fire off a quick shot that briefly explains the story behind DCTO.

DCTO (‘dik-toe’) Stands for (Dreams Come True Object)
Jibun Project means (My Project)

DCTO is my modern interpretation of an ancient Japanese Zen doll known as a Daruma doll which has been a symbolic talisman used for centuries in Japan.

The Daruma doll (pronounced "dah-roo-mah") is based upon an actual historical figure from the 5th century, Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism.

Traditionally red-cloaked and curiously limbless with unpainted eyes, a Daruma doll is used all over Japan for personal dedication to a new venture such as starting a business, beginning a new path in life, or given as a gift for celebrations like New Years, weddings and birthdays. Painting in its left eye shows commitment to a goal; once the goal is achieved, you then paint in its right eye.

The piece is designed to right itself when it is knocked over, reflecting the Japanese saying, ‘Nanakorobi yaoki’, "Fall 7 times, rise 8 times, symbolizing relentless dedication and an undaunted spirit.

So there you have the short version of the motivation behind DCTO. There will be more details on the site which will be up any day now.

Here's the poem that appears on the back box. I wrote this piece back in 1991 (16 years ago. Yikes!!!) which seems to have finally found a home with this project.

-Dreams to Dreams-
by Dacosta Bayley

Dreams are a vision of the ideal

Visions become thoughts

Thoughts bring possibilities

Possibilities build realities

Reality is existence

To exist is to dream…

ダコスタ ベイリー






生きることは夢みること ...


Friday, March 02, 2007

First shots off the production line are in…

We are now in full production and as promised the first official image of the first 3 production shots off the line is loaded. Wow! I wasn't sure what to say when I opened the box. I thought holding the prototypes was amazing but the feel of the full on weighted (650g) 7" tall vinyl pieces has once again left me without words…

So without further ado, from left to right (and sporting a tweaked logo) DCTO: Emperor’s Yellow, Temple Red, and Sumi-e Black.

PS. Hmmmm…Did I forget to mention that there are 2 additional colourways around somewhere? I’ll have to remember to show you at some point in the near future. (hehe)


Next update: Final packaging +