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Scrappy Critters

For those that have read the About link, which gives a bit of background about myself, you would have read about how I like to ensure that materials are not wasted.

Here is where I want to introduce you to one of my creations that came about because of my desire not to waste perfectly good materials.

Some scrappy monsters from the summer of 2016
Scrappy Monsters Collection Summer 2016

Scrappy monsters were the result of an experiment. I was looking for a way to use  many of my scraps of fabric (or even reclaimed or gifted pieces of fabric) that were not quite useful for big projects, but didn’t deserve to be shredded for stuffing.

Scrappy with hearts & purple fuzz
Scrappy Monsters with hearts

These little guys are created to be imperfectly unique,  a general comment on society. However, with these guys, their differences are celebrated.

Some will have one open eye the other squinty, others will have 2 open eyes. There might be 2 appendages (most commonly just a couple of legs) or there might be 4 or 6. Normally appendages are not even the same size & then there are times you might even find that there are none. It really depends on how I feel at the time. I spend a great deal of time hand picking each scrap, playing around with different pieces, until I find the combination I like.

Scrappy Monsters Archive Summer 2016
Scrappy Monsters Collection Summer 2016

Since I started making these in 2016, I have made several as custom orders for different people, which has been both an honour & a privilege to do. I’ll do a post about some of those past creations & new ones that I am currently working on, for you to read, soon. These guys are just too cute, not to document.

All filling within each is of new material (polyfill). Whilst some scrappy’s might have similarities to other ones that I have made or might make in future, there are no exact copies & this adds to their charm.

Blue Fuzzy Hair Scrappy with pouch & ladybug
Fuzzy Hair Scrappy

As a quirky bit of information, you may find that some have a zebra print on them. The zebra relates to Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, as I have EDS Hypermobility type. The hearts that adorn some of them, relate to my daughter, who was born with 2 holes in her heart. One has since closed, but we still have regular check-ups about her heart.  So, really, I am no different to any other artist, influenced by things around me. 🙂

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