During the Melbourne Fringe Festival, I went to an exhibition at Federation Square called ‘Totem- dolls with souls’. People were invited to submit dolls and soft toys that were representative of people’s selves. It was an incredible collection, ranging from small to enormous. Some were cryptic, some gothic, some morbid, beautiful, creepy, cute, hard, exposing.
Today I was messing about on the internet, instead of doing assignments. Through some random chain of clicketyclick, that I have (as usual) totally forgotten, I found a Turkish website
of craft links. Of course, I couldn’t understand any of it, so I perused the perty pictures. Of particular interest was a cute picture of a grumpy slice of felt watermelon. I followed it to the flickr of Bittersweet Friends
. She makes a divine range of felt food with faces, some of them cheerful, most of them grumpy.
The pie looks so happy… the blueberries less so!
Anyway, desperate to procrastinate, I glanced at her contacts list, and saw an awesome cat softie. It was made by Hamster Rockstar
. I flicked around and found this beautiful guy.
As it turns out, this cat was the softie from ‘Totem’ that most touched me, felt closest to how I feel. If I were to have created a representation of me, I would have been so pleased if I had managed something this tough and wary and vulnerable.
If you want to see more from Chel, his creator, she has a blog and two etsy stores: One for native Australian animal softies and one for her awesome cats and dogs.
The world is an intriguingly small place.