Plastic animals may not actually need custom handmade sweaters but thanks to artist Ritsuko Hirai, a select few are basking in the warmth of human kind- er, creativity.
“I like to knit & crochet original sweaters for plastic animals,” states Ritsuko Hirai. a Japanese-born artist who works from her studio in San Francisco, California. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Bangkok, Thailand, Hirai attended the Rhode Island School of Design where she honed her skills in creative printmaking and textiles.
Hirai's tiny handmade sweaters display an appealing appreciation of traditional craftsmanship infused with modern sensibility. Depending on the type of animal, Hirai may use merino wool, cashmere, cotton or mohair in order to bring out the essential soul of her subject... assuming plastic animals have souls, of course.
To Hirai, fabric is “like water that has the power to transform, wrap, hide, be light like air, and be heavy and hard like ice, to bring us higher, to create a balanced space for both the nature and us.” Lofty sentiments to be sure, but we challenge you to gaze upon her cozily clothed plastic animals without cracking a smile. You can view Hirai's work at her website, Instagram, and at Pinterest.