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History of Plush!
 

History of Plush!

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This ppt is used to introduce our unit on plush wherein students sew their own creation.

This ppt is used to introduce our unit on plush wherein students sew their own creation.

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    History of Plush! History of Plush! Presentation Transcript

    • Plush!
    • Definition Plush : an artwork created by joining fabric to make a design and then stuffing that design with a filler such as beans, pellets, sawdust, paper, fabric, or polyfil.
    • Earliest Plush Originally, anyone and everyone handmade small toys for children using scrap fabrics and animal skins. These are often called “rag dolls.” Lakota Native American doll
    • Earliest Plush Originally, anyone and everyone made small toys for children using scrap fabrics and animal skins. These are often called “rag dolls.” Early American rag doll
    • 1st Manufactured Plush -Steiff Company founded in 1880 -Founder Margaret Steiff was wheelchair-bound and made them for fun. -1st stuffed animal was a bear Steiff Bear
    • 2nd Manufactured Plush -Steiff Company made animals based on Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter - 2nd stuffed animal was “Peter Rabbit” Peter Rabbit
    • Raggedy Ann and Andy -Made during World War I in early 1900s -People had less money, and these dolls incorporated cheaper materials
    • Sock Monkey -Made from cheap materials (socks!) -Made during the American Great Depression of the 1930s -could be purchased or handmade
    • 1940s-70s -Advent of plastic meant less plush toys -Plastic was heavily used to make dolls too. -Most popular company was “Wendy Boston Playsafe Toys”
    • Plush Art?! -During the 1950s and 1960s Pop Artists made plush -The most famous is Claes Oldenburg’s “Floor Cake”
    • Cabbage Patch Dolls -Made from fabric and plastic -Debuted in the 1980s -Some of the first racially diverse (and not racist) dolls in America -Huge craze to buy the dolls; they were hard to find!
    • Beanie Babies -Made from synthetic fabric and plastic pellets -Debuted in the 1990s -They were highly collectible. -People would brag about their huge collections!
    • Modern Plush Movement • In the late 1990’s/early 2000’s artists became more interested in so-called “low-brow” arts – Crafts – Sewing – Comic books – ‘zines – Clothing – Plush!
    • Modern Plush • Modern artists see plush as an art form AND a toy. • They make more than “stuffed animals” • They are influenced by the Japanese term/art called “kawaii” or “cute” Kawaii guardrail in Japan
    • Heidi Kearney • Owns a business called “My Paper Crane,” wherein she makes handmade plush
    • Heidi Kearney • Owns a business called “My Paper Crane,” wherein she makes handmade plush
    • Felicia of Fluffy Flowers • Owns a business called “Fluffy Flowers” wherein she sells handmade plush
    • Mimi Kirchner
    • Your Project 1. Brainstorm an idea for a plush creation 2. You can: 1. Make a Kawaii food 2. Make a monster 3. Come up with your own idea (check w/ Ms. Z.!)
    • Let’s Get Inspired!
    • To-Do 1. Sketch out an idea (kawaii food, monster, etc.) 2. Re-draw your sketch as a pattern. 1. Draw a little bit bigger than you want your piece to be 2. Make a pattern for each piece of fabric you will need to cut
    • To-Do 1. Re-draw your sketch as a pattern. 2. Trace your pattern on to felt 3. Cut out your felt
    • Warm Up 1. Come in 2. Get your bag/kit 3. Sit in your assigned seat