13 May 2015
The article ‘Fabric of Life’ posted the other day has shiftazine thinking about crafting with fabric scarps.
So when a friend of mine, who is a fine young graphic designer and new mother, Karmen Rai posted some photos of a crazy looking toy the other week, the shiftazine radar was activated.
After a quick email to her, shiftazine received a brief overview of how Little Scrappy came to life plus some lovely images of the progress from rough conceptual sketch to fully realised toy.
Shiftazine has named the toy 'Little Scrappy' for the sake of the article, but Karmen may have some other ideas for the creature, who reminds me of the Real Monsters of the late 90s.
"I decided to create this monster for my tiny darling girl Imogen. She is at the age where she is curiously feeling different textures and objects.
It was her curiosity that was the inspiration for me to used different fabrics / ribbons / buttons in the making of this Little Scrappy.
I considered the size and shape of the eyes, legs and arms, which I made thin so she can grab onto the toy easily.
For the feature fabric came from an old top that I had outgrown, but kept it, as I really liked the fabric (the yellow patterned fabric in picture).
I want Imogen to grow up with toys that are either quirky or handmade by me."