I'm still working my way through several old copies of WInnicott's The Child the Family and the Outside World .. I use the chapter 'First Experiments in Independence' which relates to the creation of a transitional object as substitute for an absent mother .
The previous version, 'An object of my own making.'(see below) now becomes 'An object of your own making.' with pattern pieces that can be popped out 'airfix' 'kit style ready to sew.
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.