Laika is a stop motion animation company based right here in Hillsboro, famous for movies like Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings. The detail in these films is remarkable, all the more so when you realize everything is physically made by someone right here in town.

Eden Dawn, writing for the Portland Monthly, profiled their costum designer earlier this week. It’s a great read with a lot of great photos.

Laika costume designer Deborah Cook chats about 17-inch-tall puppets the way most people reminisce about old friends. “I love the Sisters. There’s an elegance to them,” she says of the terrifyingly beautiful villains in the Hillsboro stop-motion animation studio’s 2016 hit, Kubo and the Two Strings. “Their faces are a 14th-century Japanese Noh theater mask. To have something that still, against their moving capes, stands out so much. It feeds into them being quite eerie and scary.”

If you haven’t seen Kubo and the Two Strings yet you can watch it right here on Netflix.