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Connie Rea: Squishable Stuffed Animals


One of Connie Rea’s toys poses festively at Geppetto.

Another of the featured artists at our pop-up shop, Geppetto, is Connie Rea. Rea has worked for years as a children’s educator, and her knit toys are inspired by the art made by her young students. Two of Rea’s characters, a dog and a bunny named Fibby and Capwell, are making an appearance at Geppetto. Each lovingly handmade toy is subtly different, with its own individual personality, so you are sure to find one to charm any child on your list.


Fibby and Capwell toys poised for action at Geppetto.

Fibby and Capwell are dressed in printed skirts or charming little knitted sweaters, the bright colors of the clothing contrasting with the soft white and grey wool bodies of the toys. Rea has carefully stitched contrasting colors such as blue, green or black around their ears and eyes, while the eyes themselves look like round buttons made of felt. These toys are soft to the touch and eminently squishable, made of natural fabrics and filled with polyester fiberfill.


One of Connie Rea’s Twice as Nice Productions toys, accompanied by the drawing that inspired it. Courtesy of the artist’s website.

In addition to her Fibby and Capwell creations, Rea is also the owner and artist behind Twice as Nice Productions, which makes custom toys based on children’s drawings. Send her your child’s drawing, and she will create a plush toy modelled on it. Rea will also be participating in our Toymakers Tea events on December 19 and 20. Come to the Art Alliance for an afternoon of special holiday snacks from Le Chéri, plus crafting and shopping for adults and children. For more information on the Toymakers Tea and to purchase tickets, check our website.

Geppetto will be open Tuesday through Sunday, 12 to 7 pm from December 10, 2015, to January 3, 2016. Please note that the Art Alliance is closed on Mondays.

Text by Flora Ward, intern.

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