Artist Agustina Wood takes your beloved stuffed animals from your childhood, rips them apart, and skins them to makehand-sewn stuffed animal skin rugs. Her rugs are huge, measuring up to 9 feet x 7 feet, and are designed into intricate patterns using the different stuffed animal pelts. From her website:
Hand-sewn and designed rugs made from recycled stuffed animals skins.
The process starts with the departure of the loving life objects have when they are in the hands of their owners.The rugs not only reference the personal histories of the toy’s owners, but investigate the rug as an object organizing and displaying memories and lineages.
In Eastern Cultures, the oriental rug centralizes the living space in pattern, operating beyond utility to depict the spiritual and mental world in woven form. Woodgate is particularly drawn to the specific meanings in the arrangement of rug designs, and how different histories of the rug represent stories of the past and ways of tracing archetypes in physical and material forms.
A very clever way to artistically upcycle stuffed animals that often lie unused or forgotten, but HOW MANY STUFFED BUNNIES HAD TO DIE FOR HER MFA?! Seriously, I want to know how many stuffed animals go into each rug… [Via Quipsologies.]