My objects from the collection were a set of 5 hand cut wooden animals, each animal is cut from a single block of wood. The ability to handle this collection is now very restricted, and I had to wear latex gloves to handle them.
The obvious next step was to create my own set of these animals. I made replicas that mimic the tangibility of the animals in the collection and found that, although the physical forms are exactly the same, some of the characteristics from the original wood blocks had been lost. The original collection felt special to handle; the worn paint and damage from when they were in use – this cannot be replicated.
I instantly grew an attraction to these animals, and felt it was a real shame they are now boxed up in a collection. My project has focused on replicating the wooden toys, and producing technical drawings to represent each animal as an object to handle. I found myself understanding the objects better through making and mapping the replicas; finding hidden measurements and markings that only became apparent after creating the drawings.
The drawings I have produced encourage the replication of these wood block animals which could lead to recirculation of these toys once again. These particular replicas I have made will be donated to a local children’s nursery where I hope they will be put to good use!