bearcat binturong textile doll

Ben the bearcat

I’ve been making cats for a while. They look like this, like this, and like this. But all made in a similar manner save for ‘fur pattern’ and personality.

Pieces of odd shaped scraps were quilted together to form a shape I imagine a cat could be. Perhaps due to the random choice of material, or lack of practise, there wasn’t enough material to sculpt the head.

It didn’t look like a cat, not really. Perhaps more like a bear, but, not quite.

I googled “bear cat”.

Wikipedia states “binturong, also known as bearcat…”.

I gave him whiskers, reshaped his snout, ears and made the eyes according to the impression I have from photos.

I call him Ben.

ragdoll fighter cat with boxing gloves by dollmaker

Sophie the ragdoll cat

A piece of fabric with a splatter pattern. It looks like spotted patterns on a lonely pigeon roaming the food centres. They are often smaller in size than their uniform coloured friends, because humans tend to fan the spotted fowl away rather than allowing it to feed.

Perhaps like birthmarks or freckles or scars, we shun unevenness in appearance.

To rise about prejudice, Sophie has to be strong.

front view of a happy piglet plushie with wings from tropical print reclaimed fabric

Squeezely the piglet

I love the balance of the tint and saturation of this found fabric (from old babies’ dress), it would translate well into a spotted fur pattern like some of the most adorable piglets.

Squeezely is so affectionately named, because he loves nothing more than to be squeezed, but not too hard. If you listen close enough, you may hear him oink in ecstasy.

The result is a textile piglet with an oversized head, ears and limbs, which is, most of the time, all I see of an animal.

Finished off with my typical wild stitching that makes up the happy eyes and a mischievous smile.

Amy

“My independent mind is ready for the puzzling truth.”

Black white and red. All the colours on her.

I stuffed her head with more and more and more. The thick ribbed cotton that holds her head together stretched thin, revealing every bump under her skin. The black form enjoys the company of a bright neutral red with white paisley. To the end of the slender red arms, is an open palm on the left and a fist on the right. Asking questions, questioning questions that’s only a glimpse of a days works.

Her name is Amy.

hammerhead artist doll hand stitched from upcycled textile, with visible mending and 'brave' embroidery

Gordon

Like tangram puzzle, I cut a hammerhead out of a piece of white scrap lying on the desk.

The blue stain sits on lower left belly like a patch of water deciding to cling on.

From the back to the fin, I patched greys and blues.

He knows he’s barely strung together with dispensable bits.

He worries every minute he’ll fall apart. Yet, the strong thread tension in his body reminds him he’s alive.

Written on his belly: I shall be brave. I call him Gordon.

A black haired feminist textile art doll girl marching forward, wearing a protest slogan t-shirt

Greta

Alert and resilient, Greta speaks her mind and isn’t afraid of getting into the deep.

What’s with the hair? Seems to suit her just fine. The hair is screaming from a distance, stay away or die. Her t-shirt says ‘march on’. March alongside her, otherwise, bear the consequences.

Someone with rebellious streak is what I had in mind while making Greta. Her face has been unpicked several times (no, fabric surgery is not the same as plastic surgery), to express the wildness balanced with a sense of justice. I think she needs an iconic, if a little absurd, hairstyle, for her role as an activist.

Handmade Bunny & Cat Dolls doing Kunfu. Made from recycled tee shirt // Marn Made It

Cat & Rabbit

She is taller because of her ears. It happens just like how some people are taller because of the hair.

They are the same size, technically they can wear each other’s clothes, as intended. He looks so stoic the way he is, decided not to change his personality by imposing upon him what he doesn’t have the power t change (literally).

becca the grey rabbit and ken the black cat | handmade cloth dolls

The up-cycled fabric washed a dozen times (and possibly more), naturally gives them a memory and soft shape unplanned.