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.
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.
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.