Artist Augustina Woodgate makes rugs from the “skins” of stuffed animals. This one is gigantic — a sprawling 16 ft x 9.5 ft. That’s a lot of teddy carcasses. Each is modeled after a real rug, but instead of gutting the rarely understood, graceful wild beasts for their fashionable hides, she re-contextualizes the furs of donated teddies and bunnies. She weaves the personal histories of each once beloved totem of childhood into these colorful, kaleidoscopic, massive pieces of art.
“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.” She also studies origins and archetypes of particular patterns, so maybe she can explain why Russia is still plagued with those terrible, huge and gaudy Persian rug rip-offs. It’s a mystery indeed. Here are some more artfully skinned toys, that would go lovely with some heavy metal quilts: