Holiday Wonder & Paulina Temmes

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Smitten with beautifully sewn soft sculptures
by
Paulina Temmes,
an artist from Helsinki who so brilliantly captures
a mood of contemplative, peaceful wonder with
needle, thread, and imagination.

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I am so thankful there are artful souls in this world
like Paulina who thoughtfully create pieces
with ageless appeal that bring so many smiles.

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Just look at him.
What is his expression saying to you
about what he has seen and learned?

A few years back, Paulina Temmes said:
“I started making dolls and writing and drawing little animal stories when I was about 20 years old. Most of my older dolls were made from modelling clay, but lately I have concentrated on sewing soft sculpture animals. I love loosely woven linen, paperlike organza and vintage fabrics with signs of their age. One of my favourite materials is little stones and pebbles found everywhere.”
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Rarely does Temmes sketch the animals before sewing them;
instead, she sews the body and face and somehow
then instinctively knows what the creature will become.

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She captures a melancholic mood so successfully,
and one look at the lace-caped bunny above, and
a story begins to unfold in my own imagination
about a weary rabbit with a keen fashion sense.

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I love the vintage quality of these fine art pieces
which feel so wonderfully alive.

 

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They capture holiday wonder for me…
a grown up child who never wants
to lose her sense of awe and optimism.

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Mister Finch is another artist who
masterfully sews fairytale creatures,
though his creatures are more fanciful,
whimsical, and colorful.

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I’m so in love with the quiet tones and textiles
Temmes chooses for her menagerie.

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So soft and dream-like.

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Her inspiration comes from animals she observes
around her, old mechanical toys, books about
medieval embroidery, and outsider art.

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If I owned such a collection, I can imagine
styling them all day long and never
tiring of photographing their beauty.

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Have these soft sculptures in sweaters captured your heart?

Ever sewn or needle-felted a little doll or furry friend?

What stirs holiday wonder in your own soul?

Wishing you wonder-filled days in this
sometimes hectic holiday season.

Peace to you right where you are.

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1 Comment

  1. December 3, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    Beyond words with how precious these little creations are…such a peaceful vibe they have and so much emotion at the same time. Just precious and so beautifully made. Works of art indeed!

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