Okay, now I've seen everything: hand-sewn fur rugs made from repurposed teddy bear skins! And not just tiny little rugs for decoration -- we're talking giant 9-foot by 7-foot rugs for the living room. For your friends to wonder why this odd-patterned rug looks so familiar and yet so alien in its setting.
The rugs are created by Agustina Woodgate, an Argentinian transplant living in Miami, who invests a great deal of time collecting, cutting and re-stitching pieces of old teddy bears.
At first this project irked me, but I couldn't pinpoint why. On the one hand, Woodgate gives new life to forgotten toys, saving materials that would have otherwise been thrown away. But something about the connotation of real bear skin rugs mixed with the skinning and stitching and sewing sort of made me uneasy.
...until I read this statement on her project. Says her website:
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.
Quilting and collage hold the same meaning for many people, so I'm inclined to think this idea is phenomenal. What about you? Is anyone gonna rush out to make patchwork teddy bear rugs?