Nelson/Nelson Region/New Zealand
Diorama of six crochet bears (Ironman Bear, Mother carrying Baby Bear, Grandma Bear seated, Little Boy Bear on Scooter with wooden handlebar, ANZAC Grandpa Bear with poppy and wreath) and dog having a picnic. Food items includes 2-tiered cake on plate, 1/2 a watermelon, fruitbowl, biscuits, bottle of juice and water. Other items include dog bowl, cups, picnic basket, blanket, bottle of hand sanitiser (plastic) and a packet of wipes. Plastic sign in the background reads "COVID CRESCENT RESERVE / TEDDIES PICNIC AREA (MAX. 10)". Made in April/May 2020 during the Stage 4 national shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Displayed on maker's front fence to entertain people out on daily walks.
Acrylic yarn. Bears stuffed with Dacron and with galvanised or copper wires for rigidity. Some are glued at the feet. Some plastic components e.g. sanitiser bottle, buttons, sequins etc.
0 - Whole = Height x Width x Length (mm) = 300 x 270 x 720mm
Ailys and her husband moved to Nelson from Christchurch in 1986 with their 2 children. Ailys maintains many interests including walking, swimming, knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking, gardening, mosaics, floral art, volunteering and collecting ‘stuff’ when on holidays e.g. stones, driftwood, shells, wool – you just never know when they many come in handy.
Lockdown in April 2020 didn’t allow Ailys to spend quality time with her children and grandchildren. There were no regular swims or walks and coffee with friends, but it did give her unlimited and uninterrupted hours to pursue her passion for making things.
Diorama, Teddy Bear Picnic. Nelson Provincial Museum Collection: NPM2020.57.1