A new creature is about to make his way into the Butterstings Circus troupe. He was created in one of Solomon the Simian's magical wand sprees. (Such a difficult monkey that one, yet again causing a terrible kerfuffle, running around the circus casting spells on the poor animals, muddling them up in the most unexpected ways. So terribly trying for all involved.)
This creature, however, is a very fine specimen. Indeed, he was so enamoured by his new mixed-up self, that he decided not to rectify things with a spot of Betty's antidote.
Here are some clues as to his identity.
He's part Tiger...
... part Caterpillar....
... part Peacock...
This interesting combination has gifted him with a quite dazzling (and somewhat death-defying) talent.
All will be revealed shortly.
In the meantime, here are a few Tiger/Caterpillar/Peacock-related things made by other people which I think are really rather remarkably brilliant.
Tiger Tattoo by Julia Potts
I've been a huge fan of Julia's work for a while now and this week I bought an illustration of a bear from her film for The Decemberists 'Here Comes the Waves – The Hazards of Love Visualised'. (You can see an extract of the film here http://vimeo.com/9086660). She's just graduated from the RCA, and you can read more about her and her work at http://juliapott.blogspot.com/ She's really really rather brilliant.
Katie Pillar by Cart Before The Horse
Cart Before The Horse make the most incredible toys and dolls that are so much more than that: they're a whole world of crazy imagination and talent. Katie Pillar makes me think this is how most caterpillars would choose to travel if they could, using wheels instead of having to steer all those pesky feet. I love visiting their Etsy Shop to see what new creations they've come up with. Their blog is definitely worth a visit too.
Hand-tufted Peacock Rug by Rice
This beautiful Peacock Rug is made by Danish design house Rice, and you can get yours from Olive Loves Alfie – my all-time favourite children's shop in London, owned by the absolute icon of cool, Ashlyn. She finds wonderful clothes, books, home accessories and all sorts of loveliness from all around the world. Everything I have ever bought from there is something that I want to keep and treasure forever.
And if you want to find out more about the new Tiger-Caterpillar-Peacock hybrid joining the Butterscotch & Beesting clan, come back soon when all will be revealed x