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Friday, 2 January 2009
I have a long standing love affair with polar bears~ and given the current climate here in Northern Ontario, I was inspired to create a new playscape (you can read more about playscapes here).

Nanuq's Playground (click any of the photos for a larger view) is a whimsical little winter play park. It measures roughly 12 x 10" at the base and comes with a wee polar bear (Nanuq' or Nanook) and an Inuit friend. White spires of snow and an arch/ slide are paired with a deep snow cave (with a back exit). There are several nooks and crannies for perching and leaping from, and a protected ocean cove.

This piece took about 12 hours from start to finish. There is no armature or other interior structure~ it is all wool, all stabbed into shape (LOL). And although the thought of all that white seemed boring at the start, it was actually an engaging challenge to work with shadows and shapes in a fairly pure way (without too much colour to lean on).

This set is firmly felted and has no small parts. It would be suitable for a gentle toddler.

A turquoise playsilk makes a nice sea and why not make your own icebergs and kayaks to explore in?

2 comments:

~ April ~ said...

Lori- you are truly an artist. That is just gorgeous!

nova_j said...

wow what a fantastic idea! and the little polar bear is too cute!

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