Introducing Olga Zamyatina, from Moscow, Russia of the clever Etsy shop, Wassupbrothers. Olga adores making decor with fabric but she is particularly fond of creating creatures. These stuffed animals may look like toys, but it’s best to think of each piece as a soft sculpture. The items are not meant to be played with but rather, used as art and knickknacks around the home. Cotton, felt, velvet and lace with stuffing are not just for kids anymore! Olga and her husband Igor have two funny and wonderful dogs. Igor works as a photographer and supports Olga by taking beautiful photos of the creations in her shop.
Some of Wassupbrother’s creatures can look alike but no two are ever the same. Olga attempts to repurpose, recycle, and reuse different materials as often as is possible. It’s magic to see, how small pieces of fabric, vintage buttons, sweaters or old dresses turn into a soulful creations. Since Olga is vegan, she even douses her fabrics in natural, organic dyes like tea, coffee, cinnamon and more.
The owner explains, “I found the art of soft toys and have been stuck on them ever since. They give me the opportunity to use all the skills and creativity I’ve accumulated over the years, and bring me so much joy and pleasure. When I made my first owl I did not think of it as a serious endeavor, but now I can’t imagine a time when I did not create my soft little friends.”
Olga was nice enough to offer one lucky reader of The Walkup not one, but two little friends:
Ella owl is a lacy, peaceful, greenminded and friendly owl. She have movable wings, fixed with the buttons. Her chest is decorated with beautiful cotton vintage lace. On the bottom, Grumpy Cat is a hand-sewn and hand embroidered brooch. Made with vintage, thick felt, it is a great quality material from Russian Soviet Marine’s overcoats. Does everyone see the resemblance to Grumpy Cat, real name Tardar Sauce, the Internet “catlebrity” known for her disgruntled facial expression?Meet Crupitsik owl, as small as a tomato, Prince Gustav little owl, the photographer, and their little bunny companipons!