Today we get to sneak a peek into the creative process of Raggyrat. In addition to making ah-maze-ing plushies, Raggyrat also is the mother to an adorable brood of little 'uns:
First off, a little backstory. Who are you? What do you make?
i am the raggyrat lady and i make all kinds of things, from puppets and soft toys to full costumes and masks ... i work out of my dining room and home educate my three youngest children. I began sewing seriously in 1996 and it remains my favourite creative outlet mixing quite nicely with all the mummy things that i do each day!
What projects are you in the middle of right now that you should probably be working on instead of doing this?
i should be getting on with a full sized edward tulane doll, 2 of my rat rucksacks, and some small plush for a vintage valentine faire in dorchester in february the 13th! i love making the big edwards. as they take shape and i dress them its like having a small son in the house - all my human children are girls!
Where do you primarily create?
i very the setting a bit, sketching here and there, pattern cutting on the living room floor, sewing on the dining table and closing seams sitting on the garden bench ....
Where do you find inspiration?
i love being part of the etsy plush team, i get inspired and challenged on a regular basis. sometimes i pick up commission work and enjoy doing research for that, eg my recently completed tiger head mask!
Do you have a favorite book/blog/movie/etc you'd like to recommend?
i cant wait to see the czech movie about the lost little bear - he looks like a sweetie, and i love the flavour of the trailers! i could watch jim henson creations all day, and enjoy oliver postage productions with my children on sofas and bean-bags. The Clangers are a hot fave at the moment!
Where can readers see more of your work?
Thanks for sharing a bit of your crafty life with us, Raggyrat!