Agustina Woodgate: Rugs Made from Stuffed-Animal SkinsJuxtapoz // Saturday, 05 Mar 2011
Maybe your old Teddy Bear skins are in this rug. Agustina Woodgate takes stuffed-animal skins and makes intricate, 9' x 7' rugs from them. As Woodgate remarks, "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."
Here is Woodgate's full statement on the "Rugs" series:
Hand-sewn and designed rugs made from recycled teddy bears. The process starts with the departure of the loving life Teddy Bears 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. In Eastern Cultures, the oriental rug centralizes the living space in pattern, operating beyond utility to depict the spiritual and mental world in woven form. 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.