Wendy Tsao is an artist based in Vancouver, and has come up with a genius idea that involves taking the art works of children and re-imagining them into gorgeous little plush dolls. Nothing is out of bounds, pretty much like the imagination of a kid drawing something. With many parents sticking the images on the fridge or a scrap book, Wendy allows a child’s idea to come into life, giving the chance for a doll that they designed (unknowingly) themselves to become their latest teddy.
The idea came to her in 2007, when she took the image that her own four year old son had created, and made a cuddly doll from it. As Tsao remembers “I loved it because it was his first creative effort to make sense of his world.” From that point forward she has dedicated her time into bringing other children’s ideas to life, having made over 120 dolls each year. She must be doing something well, because there is even awaiting list for her dolls, with no openings expected until June!
As Tsao states on her website “I am an artist, and I value creativity in all walks of life, including children’s artwork. Every child’s drawing that I see was created with that child’s unique outlook and skill. The drawings are always original and distinct, like children themselves (and almost all them come with smiles).”
“Each softie is an art project between me and the child, where I do my best to capture the spirit of the drawing in my unique way, to ‘breathe life into it’ so-to-speak. The final result is my own genuine, heart-felt response to the joyfulness in the child’s drawing. A softie to be cherished for many years to come.”
Child’s Own Studio website