Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting stuffed animals, people or inanimate objects. The word ‘amigurumi’ is derived from merging the Japanese words ‘ami’, meaning ‘knitted’ or ‘crocheted’, and ‘nuigurumi’, meaning stuffed ‘doll’.

‘Only that which is without history can be defined’ (Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals) but let us perhaps for now understand continental philosophy as the outcome of various radical critiques of the dominant ‘rational’ European thought born from the Enlightenment.

Amigurumi is rooted in a sort of animism; the belief in the existence of spirits inhabiting objects and phenomena found in many Japanese traditions and customs. In Japanese, this is called “Yaoyorozu no Kami”. Putting eyes, arms and legs onto non-human objects is an act of showing these objects the same respect as co-existing animate subjects of the world.

In this way, Radical Amigurumi is a tribute to the many criticisms of European ‘rationality’ in its various forms…..

Now, this is just an attempt to add some pretentious value to my work. Truth is – I just really fucking like making amigurumis!


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