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Behind the comfy styling of the cocricot texture pack

The above video shows a build by Pon-P. It’s an extraordinarily beautiful creation that conjures the quaint, comfy environment of a European market town, with tiled roofs, picket fences and homely furnishings that suggest the decorator isn’t quite ready to leave the Victorian era behind. There’s a sense of nostalgia for a quieter time, a longing for somewhere restive away from the hustle and bustle of modernity - and much of this comes down to the exquisite texture set Pon-P has used: the cocricot texture pack, by Japanese artist Kixiko.

The pack adds a great deal of detail and warmth to the traditional Minecraft building materials: nether bricks become thick carpet-blocks, cobblestone walls become ornate stone balustrades, gold ore becomes plaster with timber framing - reminiscent of Tudor buildings. Chiselled wood panels, striped awnings, weather vanes in the shape of chickens, distinctively British red phone booths - it’s a really well observed pick-'n'-mix of details that encapsulates a disappearing world of old Europe.

It’s gorgeous. I love it. It makes me feel warm and comfortable and strangely sad at the same time. Weird, huh? Even stranger that this longed-for European past should be the work of someone outside of Europe. I wanted to know more about this genius! Luckily, I was able to get friend of Mojang and language expert James York to translate a few questions for her.


Do you have a background in art?


I want to work in a field related to web design or programming in the future and so I am currently on a design-related course at university. I really enjoy drawing and designing things so that is how I started working on texture packs. I wanted to create and manage one for myself.


How did you start playing Minecraft?


A friend that I play games with introduced me to Minecraft. At first we played together in Survival Mode but then I saw a particular Minecrafter creating an incredible world so I started to play in Creative Mode instead.


What is your favourite Minecraft project?


I really like the Japanese Minecrafter “Amamiya-san” who makes the series called “Journey around the Square World.” Of course I like their buildings, but I also like the way they create and edit videos. I particularly like the video series “Making the Mountain-trapped Snow Kingdom in the Square World.”


What was the main concept behind creating cocricot?


I really wanted to create things like a western style town and cute, fashionable rooms in Minecraft. It's impossible to do in real life but can be done easily in Minecraft.


Did you experience any difficulties making cocricot?


Well, first of all, to make a texture pack you have to draw lots and lots of textures so I needed willpower to draw them all. Also, to get a feeling of togetherness and unity in a texture pack you need to edit textures over and over again until you get the balance just right. That was also very hard work. Finally, I wanted the cocricot project to reside on its on website so I had to learn how to program HTML and CSS for that.


What are you most proud of with cocricot?


There's lots of textures that I'm really proud of but mostly, I'm really proud of the overall feel of the pack. I am also proud of how it all ties together with the website.


Are there any projects that use cocricot in ways that you weren't expecting?


Yes, the Japanese-style projects


What's your favourite project that uses cocricot?


This one!


What do you plan on doing after the cocricot project?


I want to keep working on cocricot and evolve it as much as possible. The current cocricot pack only works on 1.7.10, so I'm currently working on a pack that will work on the latest survival mode, and a cocricotMOD for 1.10.2. The cocricotMOD makes use of lots of extra blocks and items to make up for all the metadata that was removed from 1.8 onwards. I'm also working on some 3D blocks especially for this mod! I look forward to showing them to you all!

Have a look at Kixiko's website, cocricot.pics, which catalogues each and every item in the texture pack - it’s worth exploring!

Marsh Davies
Marsh Davies


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