Copy of Nautical Wildlife and Critters
handcrafted and sewn plush animal toys
Momma & Baby
I first started creating these humpback whales as a gift for one of my best friend's daughter. It was her 1st birthday and I wanted to give her something unique and memorable. I decided to recycle a pair of my boyfriends old jeans and drafted out a pattern. As I started sewing the whales they began to take on a whole new meaning for me. I've always been fascinated by nature, I used to live in North Carolina and I loved walking along the beach and swimming in the ocean. I received a lot of positive feedback from friends and family so I thought it would be a great idea to start making these plush toys for other families to enjoy.
When I was in College, I took a ceramics course and made a pair of animal pouring vessels of elephants titled Momma and Baby. To me, their love is unconditional and never ending.
My hope is to enlighten people and children about the importance of wildlife and the beauties our oceans house , while also recycling and finding ways to repurpose material that would otherwise be thrown away. Giving them hope and happiness in cuddling or playing with these handmade toys.
Fox & cub
Here is another animal I'm currently working on, a fox with her little cub. Denim is a great fabric that comes in all sorts of shades and colors. This fox is a fiery red orange created using the interior of the jeans while her cub is constructed with the exterior part which is slightly lighter. This stuffed animal is not fully complete and there are still some final details to be added. Each animal is unique in its construction and characteristic traits, and no two pairs will be exactly the same. That's the beauty of creating these out of recycled denim. Repurposing an old pair of jeans into something fun and magical for all ages to enjoy!
Daddy Sea Horse & Babies
The Newest addition to Ostari Couture Critters, one of my earliest oil paintings I created titled, Dancing Lovers helped inspire these guys. Animals are magnificent creatures! The mamma seahorse transfers her eggs into the daddy's pouch to house them and once they are a little bit developed he gives live birth!