Here is repurposing at it's "bear-y" best (ahem, sorry) — intricately patterned rugs hand-sewn from used teddy bears by artist Agustina Woodgate. There is something both wonderful, hilarious, and ever-so-slightly disturbing about the idea of cherished toys finding new life as fuzzy floor coverings.
The Miami-based artist, originally from Argentina, likens the works to rugs from the oriental tradition adding a sense of gravity to their playful kitsch:
The rugs not only reference the personal histories of the toy's owners, but investigate the rug as an object organizing and displaying memories and lineages. 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.
Visit Agustina Woodgate's website to see more of her work.
Images: Agustina Woodgate