Many years ago I made miniature bears, first as a hobby and later to sell. I was never a collector but loved to spend time creating each little character. I made more than a thousand in ten years. Even today there is still nothing I like better than to sit and sew. It is my bliss.
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.
I'm following my bliss.