Making themselves at home

“on growing a personality”

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slouchy

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When constructing toys I find that as soon as I add the stuffing they seem to come alive. They go from being merely pieces of fabric to a constructed three dimensional character that takes on a personality of their own. This part of the process is probably my favourite.
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Once constructed they can begin to settle in. Amusingly, I’ve noted that the monkey seems to end up slouched pushing the others about. My steam punk character, named Marmoo*, frequently ends up falling off his perch.
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The big kid in me loves finding the stories.
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*The design for the steam punk character was a combination of characteristics of a marmoot and a moorhen. The name coming from a combination of his origins. Only later did I realise that Marmoo is the name for the aboriginal god of evil! I like to think of him as misunderstood and most certainly not evil. The colour choice of the design was also chosen before I knew of this connection but interestingly despite it being unintentional also mirrors the look and feel of the Aboriginal god somewhat. Marmoo’s unintentional associations may play a role in him being pushed off the couch…
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