Full disclosure, I have an odd fascination with handmade stuffies. It borders a little on the “Hi, I’m an odd doll collector” side. I have to use every ounce of “don’t be crazy” will power to stop myself from amassing a collection of these intriguing creations. Thankfully, I haven’t figured out a way to display them as artwork just yet, otherwise, I would have way more than the three that sit on a shelf in my studio. Come this fall I’d like to sew a handful of little stuffies, set up styled vignettes, and photograph them, (Oh my god, I totally sound like a wack-a-doo). The whole thing just sounds like loads of fun to me, which is reason enough to give it a whirl. I guess you’re never too old for play. Below are some amazing pieces that I will totally use as inspiration when I sit down in the studio this fall and get stitching.
I love the odd expression on this pair of foxes, and the simple design that results in an odd profile is so intriguing. I mean really? The slouchy stockings are such an amazing detail.
This elephant named Elody by Cloth and Thread has been on my wishlist for ages. Her use of fabrics is really effective in conveying a playfully somber mood.
I self-identify with this stuffy by Cara Carmina—At least I think it’s a good representation of me in 30 years, a fiber artist with buns in her hair. My latest addition was Chester the Racoon, he watches over me while I work in my studio.