Mr. ILoveH2O has found his forever home in Victoria, BC! Now this makes me so happy because Mr.ILoveH2O was the very first stuffy I documented for the collection back in 2014. By now, the Stuffy Collection has gotten around and travelled around the Salish Sea and there are 27 left for adoption out of this unique yearlong 52-week art challenge I set out for myself. And quite a challenge it was! Spending a year doing one photo shoot with a different stuffy each week for inspiration and then creating one portrait a week and writing a short story for each of them was as much fun as it was a lot of work! But very rewarding nonetheless and it continues to be so. Mr. ILoveH2O has a great message to share considering the situation going on in the world and especially in the US and in Canada. Here is his story:
Mr.ILoveH2O knows that water is the most important thing on earth.”Without it nothing would survive!” he is fond of saying. And then he invariably adds: “It takes 460 gallons of water to grow on pound of chicken and 31 gallons of water for a single pound of potatoes!” Mr.ILoveH2O would like you to think about water every day.
Thank You for your ongoing support it means a lot to me and encourages me to keep creating. xoxo Laura
This is a photo of Pinky. Usually, this would be her favourite season because she can’t believe all the beautiful colours fall brings us. It’s such a cozy time of year too. the brisk autumn air, the crisp sun… and sipping on hot chocolate while sitting on her comfy couch in front of a crackling fire are some of Pinky’s favourite things.
BUT!!! Pinky’s photo has gone AWOL and we are worried about her. If you see it anywhere, or have any information as to its whereabouts, please bring it back to the Co-op Café no questions asked or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange her return.
The rest of the collection misses her!
The Stuffy Collection is now showing at The Co-op Cafe on Cortes Island from Oct 17th to Nov 27th. I would like to invite my island neighbours and visitors to check out the show as well as enjoy a warm beverage and tasty treat from the bakery.
About the project: in 2014, I decided to give myself an art challenge – create art inspired by my stuffed animal collection for 52 consecutive weeks. I set the goal of doing a photo shoot with one of my stuffy each week and then paint a portrait using the photo as inspiration. I then wrote a little story about their journey in order to uncover their dreams and aspirations; this in turn became my first art book, “My Stuffies’ Secret Life.” Today I share Elenor with you. To see more about The Stuffy Collection, I invite you to come by the cafe or check out the pages on my website.
Elenor is always looking deeper than the surface, reading between the lines and connecting with the space between things…”There is always more than meets the eye”in Elenor’s world!
Bean likes to wander around in the Fall looking for as many different leaves that have changed with the season as possible.It’s just too much fun to roll around in piles of leaves with your friends.Do you want
to jump in too?
Bean is week 38 from The Stuffy Collection featured in My Stuffies’ Secret Life by Laura Balducci and edited by Paloma Vita.
The art installation Paddington Bear from The Stuffy Collection is in a silent auction doing his best to help raise money and awareness for a cause dear to our heart in Victoria B.C. Please help spread the word.
“Rain or shine,wind or snow; the weather does not matter if your ready to go.” Paddington Bear is the one you can rely on for embarking on adventure at the drop of a hat.And he is always prim and proper.