Happy Sleepies

Red and silver soft art by Magda Wojtyra for Happy Sleepy

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
-Victor Frankl

Happy Sleepies are soft, abstract animal toys and are so named because held one way they look like they have smiling closed eyes, and when turned upside down their eyes look sealed with sleep.  Each one is hand sewn from an original pattern by Magda based on Marc’s drawing of topsy-turvy creatures named Jig and Limp that act as a museum giftshop guides in the graphic novel Enter Avariz.

The first Happy Sleepy made in 2005.

The first Happy Sleepy made in 2005. Well, that’s Sleepy on the left and Happy on the right, and really they are one. The pattern has been perfected over the years, and the myth has grown in depth and detail.

Happy Sleepies are enlightened beings because they always remember their freedom to choose how to be. They can zoom around in excited high energy or dream in restful slumber or choose to feel anything in between whenever they want. They offer an alternative to the happy-sad dichotomy of the unpredictability of life and the bouncing between states of existence imposed by the outside world: happy-sleepy refers to the choice everyone has of either a proactive or reserved attitude one can choose from the inside of oneself towards external circumstances. We can all learn to be internally, emotionally grounded and in that way always have at least a modicum of control of our lives while going with the flow.

In the Land of Happy Sleepy all art tastes delicious, looks fascinating and sounds melodious. All our items are original works of art, and most are unique and one of a kind. And all stitching is straight and neat!

We make things according to rules of luxury and efficiency, shunning waste. For example, the fabrics we use are very high quality, often 100% silk brocade or wool and yet usually come from mill end rolls, or industry cut offs. Our designs are sometimes the result of piecing together scraps from our own work – nothing is wasted and the result is unique. Equally, packaging for shipping is often hand decorated, repurposed material.

A bunch of these guys are currently for sale in the Happy Sleepy Art and Toys Shop on Etsy.

Pyramid of Crafty Love: group photo on product photography day. Its great to have these piles of soft happy things around!

Pyramid of Crafty Love: group photo on product photography day. Its great to have these piles of soft happy things around!

 

Happy Sleepy Superpants

Happy Sleepy Superpants

Happy Sleepy Yellow Pants

Happy Sleepy Yellow Pants

Happy Sleepy Tumbledo

Happy Sleepy Tumbledo

Happy Sleepy Sparklepants

Happy Sleepy Sparklepants

Happy Sleepy Space Casual

Happy Sleepy Space Casual

Happy Sleepy Status Minder

Happy Sleepy Status Minder

Happy Sleepy Suave

Happy Sleepy Suave

Happy Sleepy Tangerine

Happy Sleepy Tangerine

Happy Sleepy Winterlake

Happy Sleepy Winterlake

Happy Sleepy Lakeview

Happy Sleepy Lakeview

Happy Sleepy Lovesplit

Happy Sleepy Lovesplit

Happy Sleepy Mister Ears

Happy Sleepy Mister Ears

Happy Sleepy Olive

Happy Sleepy Parallel

Happy Sleepy Parallel

Happy Sleepy 2010

Happy Sleepy 2010

Happy Sleepy 2011 with a big flower on the head

Happy Sleepy 2011

Happy Sleepy Carrot Eyes

Happy Sleepy Carrot Eyes

Happy Sleepy Clearing

Happy Sleepy Clearing

Happy Sleepy Red Garden

Happy Sleepy Red Garden

Happy Sleepy Peachy

Happy Sleepy Peachy

Happy Sleepy Love Scarred

Happy Sleepy Love Scarred

Happy Sleepy Green Toile

Happy Sleepy Green Toile

Happy Sleepy Cyan Tutu

Happy Sleepy Cyan Tutu

Happy Sleepy Bright Mind

Happy Sleepy Bright Mind

Happy Sleepy Blue Shirt

Happy Sleepy Blue Shirt

Happy Sleepy Bay Leaf

Happy Sleepy Bay Leaf

Happy Sleepy Deep Shadow

Happy Sleepy Deep Shadow

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