When you have been hand making knitted and sewn products for as long as I have, its hardly surprising that after years of making the same (or variations on particular products) you start to crave the fun and excitement of the creative process again.
What I realised was I needed to make something completely new, something fresh, and something that I can get passionate about.
Its not that I don’t enjoy making mice, bunnies and dolls. I love dressing up dolls in clothes I have hand crafted, but after making over 300 bunnies and 1000 plus mice in under a year, I feel in need of a change. Not a complete change, just a revamp.
So, where to start? The way I always start, with a list.
This list was not my usual ‘Monday – things to do’ list, this was a list to help me focus on what is important to me? What inspires me?
The answer was right in front of me – Childhood.
I am fascinated by what makes a toy a favourite toy, the games we played as children, the books we read, the TV shows we watched and the happy memories they created.
What I wanted most as a child was for my toys and drawings to come to life.
The perfect place to start.