Friday, January 20, 2012


Teddy Bearskin Rugs

The skinning and scalping of toys continues. Who will feel the blade next?

(Buenos Aires-born artist/toyhunter Agustina Woodgate now lives in Miami, where she also makes beautiful billboards.)

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The Peacock one is so pretty!

For some reason thinking about them makes my feet itch, though. I had very sensitive skin/weirdo allergies as a kid and synthetic fur made me break out in hives, so no stuffed animals for me.


it works just as well :)@m


This would have been my absolute nightmare when I was a child. I had a fire evacuation protocol to make sure each would escape unscathed. Unbearable.


@liznieve - I lost, in the move out of my college apartment, Carlton, who was my 3ft tall stuffed gorilla, who lived in my bed from when I was like, 4 until I was...um. Well, let's just say that I would frequently say "oh wait here a moment" and dash into my bedroom to hide Carlton before letting anyone in. All through college.

I am still devastated by this loss, and a few times a year, get home from a bar and try to find a facsimile to put on the high-in-the-air shelf in my room to guard over things.


@leon.saintjean You could make one? It's actually not super-difficult to make things like teddy bears if you're not trying to do it commercially. It's just time-consuming. You should be able to find a pattern and then blow it up to the correct proportions. Trolling thrift shops come spring or summer would probably result in a cheap coat to make it out of.


@leon.saintjean OH NO! When I was 10 or so, a hotel lost my beloved stuffed panda, Mindy. Mindy had been with me since I was born, and I cried and cried and cried and vowed to burn that hotel to the ground.

And, cough, ahem, I have a certain Webster that occasionally gets wedged between my bed and the wall when visitors... visit.

Bus Driver Stu Benedict

You people obviously don't understand art: "her collection evokes a spiritual or nostalgic reaction in the viewer as they contemplate their childhood, when the textures of the artist's tapestry series were representative of comfort and security."


@Bus Driver Stu Benedict Whatever, Buffalo Bill.

Bus Driver Stu Benedict

@wharrgarbl You best not be implying that I'm a furry. Utter calumny.


@Bus Driver Stu Benedict "It finds the rug artistically meritorious or else its toys get used in the next one."


@Bus Driver Stu Benedict Oh I get it. A bit of a one-liner if you ask me, but they are really beautiful. It would mean more if they were like literally someone's childhood toys, but hey. Art or design? A difference? Discuss.

Bus Driver Stu Benedict

@liznieve Another quote:

'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.'
-augustina woodgate

I'm not sure I buy that, though, since they look a little too clean and uncuddled. But they are supposed to be donated skins, and not purpose-bought, apparently.


@Bus Driver Stu Benedict They do look very clean. Maybe she sent them all through an industrial rock-tumbler with five pounds of cornmeal before she started?

Bus Driver Stu Benedict

@wharrgarbl Breading? I think you're getting your fictional serial plush killers confused.


@Bus Driver Stu Benedict No, for hyper-cleaning. A Clean Person swears by it.

Bus Driver Stu Benedict

@wharrgarbl Fine, be literal. That's fun.


@Bus Driver Stu Benedict It is fun. I'm glad you like it. Let's just enjoy it now. Calmly and maybe just sitting still for a while, like we're meditating. Only, you know, being literal instead.

Bus Driver Stu Benedict

@wharrgarbl I don't want to ruin the moment, but like, what are we sitting on, literally?


@Bus Driver Stu Benedict Our asses. Duh.

Bus Driver Stu Benedict

@wharrgarbl Wow, and I thought I was taking us out of the moment. How crude!

Veronica Mars is smarter than me

@liznieve As someone of the age (if not mindset) of a Grown Ass Woman, I still am not okay with this. Like, I would almost rather it was a real bear than teddy bears?


I was really hoping they'd be just like bearskin rugs, only teddy bears. These are pretty, but I want a fake bearskin rug!

oh, disaster

@SarahP That's exactly what I thought too.


So cool, want to attempt!


My eight-year-old son is not down with this AT ALL.

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