Something fishy is a model
making kit for adults and children where a creative imagination is the key to having fun. The kit includes fish head bones, glue and
paint. You can glue the fish bones
together in any way you imagine and create anything from angels to spaceships,
monsters and goblins. I find the best
way to create a figure is to pick up one bone and look at it from every angel
and before you know it you will see an image.
You might find a bone that reminds you of an
elephant’s head, an angel’s
wing or a monster’s foot. You will then
find it quite easy to find the rest of the bones which will finalize your
I created this product when I
had been researching the use of Icelandic animal products in design through the
ages. My ancestors used to use every
part of the animal for food, clothing,
household items, farming tools, toys and even building material. Each of these product created took a lot of
imagination, time and nurturing and was thus used to the fullest and even
passed from generation to generation.
Today we throw away tons of
bones, hides, horns and other side products of fish and meat. Now
most of our everyday imported objects have very little sentimental value
to us and in general we have far to many of these items. This is very true of toys, most of which are
plastic imitations of everyday items which leave very little to the child’s
imagination or creativity This means
that they don’t appreciate each toy for very long and we buy even more. As soon as we create our own things which
takes time and nurturing we immediately feel differently about them. We don’t throw them in a box with all the
other goods, we display them and feel proud of them.
I hope I have created something which will
help us to remember that we can create our own products from local materials
and that we might be happier with fewer but better objects in our lives. Lets not forget our creative side.