“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
The Lorax has always been a story that has held a special place in my heart. So here today I present my second attempt at bringing this scrappy character who is “shortish and oldish and brownish and mossy” to life in plarn (plastic yarn made from recycled grocery bags).
And since my first Lorax was sold at last years Last Minute Market, of course I needed a new mascot to accompany me this year as well! Both versions are original designs, as I used no pattern for either. The first one (below) was much larger than the second and based completely off the original illustrations by Dr Seuss. The second one (top) was based more off of the movie version, hence the more pronounced eye brows.
The other differences between the two is that the current version is completely free-standing with its attached Truffula stump, and is also made of 100% recycled plastic bags (in the original design I used a foam material for the eyes).
I like how the new version shows the Lorax with his hands planted firmly on this hips, so that you can imagine him appearing before the Once-ler out of that first Truffula stump and saying “with a sawdusty sneeze, ‘I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees[!]’ ”
Come out and see me and the Lorax at this years Last Minute Market on December 21st and I will be happy to share with you my passion for recycling single-use plastic grocery bags into high-end handbags, change purses, drinking vessel carriers, and medicine bags. You really have to see my work to believe it. What could have been trash or downcycled material is turned into items of beauty and functionality.
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