dreaming rabbit by Paulina Temmes of Lemmikkiapina
Paulina Temmes is a gifted fiber artist who spends her days crafting these poignantly lovely animals in her village home in Finland. A graduate of the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Paulina meticulously hand stitches and embroiders her soft sculptures from beautiful, textured fabrics: vintage remnants, course linens, or fine organzas.
The craftsmanship of Paulina’s animals is surpassing fine. Yet it is their personalities that make them so appealing. Shy and serene, Paulina’s creations posses a curious pensiveness. Heads downcast, they do not meet your eyes. But perhaps this is because they are lost in a dream or are keeping their distance until they have taken measure. And their cloaks? Painstakingly rendered in the most delicate detail, they are lovely. And yet they are pulled so tight about the bodies as to hide them like shields or shrouds.
Thus despite the inwardness of their character, Paulina’s creatures possess a great magnetism. It is a quiet energy that comes from being the stillest thing in the room. They draw you in with their beauty, their vulnerability, their stories. Just what is the baggage that binds their path through the world? What are the shadows they carry on their backs? The mystery is palpable, but unknowable. And yet the weight does not seem unbearable. Rather these sage creatures wear their burden like badges of a life lived. It makes them feel like deep souls. Not flashy or brash, they are beautiful in their purity, their wisdom, and in the quality of their character.
All rights reserved. Photos used with permission of Paulina Temmes.