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What Are Attic Creatures?
Attic Creatures are hand-made soft sculptures designed & created in Australia by Gabriele Joy of GJOYful Artist Bears & Fantasy Sculptures. Attic Creatures are dragon-like animals from the imagination of Gabriele. Originally imagined during her childhood years, these creatures became the explanation Gabriele created for scary sounds she would hear at night when staying at her grandparent's farm house. The Attic Creature then became an imaginary friend to Gabriele for many years.
Each Attic Creature goes to their new home with their own tag, a copy of the official Attic Creature short story written by Gabriele, along with a copy of the "true story" detailing how the creatures first came to be imagined.
The Attic Creatures are intended to be a special friend to their owners, lending them courage & creative inspiration. As such, each Attic Creature adoptee is given the opportunity to choose their Creature's name themselves, or have a name selected by Gabriele.
What are the Attic Creatures made from?
All Attic Creatures are made from the highest quality materials which we spend a lot of our time researching & sourcing to ensure that all Creatures are made from the highest quality materials available. Our supplies for creating Attic Creatures come from within Australia as well as imports from the United Kingdom, America, Canada, Russia, Germany and France.
Detailed Materials List:
Some Attic Creatures are made from alpaca & mohair, whilst others are made from Tyber & Tissavel faux furs or high quality plush.
Their toes & fingers are made from genuine suede, faux ultrasuede, or sassy mini bear fabric.
Attic Creatures are jointed at their limbs & neck/head with metal cotter pins and wooden discs. Their inner armatures are made from wire & occasionally loc-line which is a type of plastic armaturing.
Each Attic Creature is filled with poly fill, woollen & cotton stuffing as well as a mixture of glass and/or plastic pellets for weighting & sometimes bengal bay garnet is used. Attic Creatures are quite heavy.
Their eyes as hand blown glass, nostrils are created using either needle felting, leather, suede, or faux ultrasuede.
Each Attic Creature is air-brushed with silk paints around their eyes & face to bring forth their expression & character.
Vegan-Friendly Attic Creatures:
Many of our collectors are vegan or prefer to avoid products like mohair (wool) or suede (leather) & therefore, as with our artist bears, we do create vegan-friendly Attic Creatures as well. Generally all faux fur & plush Attic Creatures are vegan-friendly by default.* If you have any questions about the materials used to create a specific Attic Creature please contact us for clarification.
*Any Attic Creature created with alpaca or mohair will have genuine suede feet & toes with woollen filling on the inside. Any Attic Creature created from faux fur or plush will have faux ultra suede toes & feet & poly filling on the inside - unless otherwise stated.
How are they created?
The creation process of the Attic Creatures took almost three years to finalise. Gabriele wrote their story first, then created a series of concept sketches that filled two sketch books. From the sketches she began to create the pattern templates, which are 2D pieces that when sewn together create 3D shapes. These patterns were all prototyped & edited in a continuous cycle until Gabriele was happy with the design. The Attic Creature has a very specific look in Gabriele's imagination & she is intent upon making him "just right."
Now that a design has been created that Gabriele is happy with, Attic Creatures can continue to be created from the design - making changes to each one along the way to create individual characters.
From the pattern the Attic Creatures are cut from their material & each piece is sewn by hand. The pieces are then jointed, filled & assembled to one another. The finishing touches are added last. These include: needle sculpting the eye sockets & setting the eyes into place, creating the creature's nose, scissor sculpting, hand shading & air brushing.
How many of each Attic Creature are made?
Attic Creatures are an "Open Edition" design which means the same or very similar pattern is used to create each one. However, as every one is created totally by hand it is impossible for one to look identical to another. Each one's details are unique to them making each one an unrepeatable Attic Creature. Each one is a unique character with it's own traits & individual appearance.
As they are part of an Open Edition, the Attic Creatures will continue to be created indefinitely. Each one will come with an Edition Number indicating when it was made in relation to all other Attic Creatures. Each Attic Creature also comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist.
Who/where are the Attic Creatures for?
Attic Creatures are NOT suitable for children under the age of 14 years, they are not toys but rather collectible pieces of art.
They are suitable for indoor display purposes only, they cannot be left outside for prolonged periods of time however they may be taken outside for short periods of time (e.g. for photography). Left in direct sunlight an Attic Creature's fur will fade.
Keep in mind Attic Creatures are pieces of art & whilst they are sturdy & created with great attention to detail, they also need to be treated & handled with care. Cared for correctly, they will last for many years to come.