This is dear Thomas Ted or Tom Ted for short. He has been sitting in my sewing basket for years now and tonight I finally finished sewing him. Welcome to the studio Tom..
He is loving filled with sawdust (as are all my cloth companions) as this reminds me of the days, a long time ago, when I used to visit my grandad’s shed. He was a painter & decorator but it was his carpentry tools all neatly hung on the walls, the plane, the vice, the chisels and the sawdust on the floor that I particularly loved. The smell of sawdust just takes me back. It also evokes in the cloth companions a vulnerability, a need to be carefully loved. Tom Ted’s limbs are attached with a button and this also exaggerates their fragility.
Thomas Ted looks at home already as he sits quietly in the studio taking it all in..