When I eventually returned to study art I began looking for the source of my own creativity and why making was such a necessity. Eventually my research led me to DW Winnicott and his theory that a child's first creative act was the creation of a transitional(or comfort) object as substitute for an absent mother. It really struck a chord.
I decided to see if I could make a bear from Winnicott's words. The cut holes represening an absent mother and the the bear a kind of reparation. It was, as always, a necessity that book and bear remain together to be complete.