For a long while, I thought that the Design final project will have to involve furniture making of sorts. Don't get me wrong, I love working on those sort of projects in the shop. For a long time I anticipated this and thought over what sort of multi-functional or modular thing I'd make for the project, but as our teacher showed us the past projects that included hats and bags, it opened my options to producing plushies, which suits my skills and gives me the freedom to work on this at home. The great thing about the project is the flexibility of making any object that is functional or dysfunctional as long as you have reasons and inspirations behind it. After I explained my intentions to my teacher, I was determined to produce functional soft toys with patterns I designed from scratch. It was very thrilling to cut up the fleece fabrics and sew them up! Most gratifying was when I was stuffing them. Even the largest Midbeast took over two bags of stuffing to fill up.
Here is the description I had laid out around the Midbeasts to describe their lifecycle:
A Midbeast's life begins at the egg stage. The egg is revealed after the tough spiny shell of the past parent's molts off. Numerous hatchlings emerges from the egg and are dependent on their sense of hearing and taste as they do not have sight. They are very squeaky and chattering because it is their way to interact, which is key to their survival and development. As the hatchings are too young to wander off far to eat, their first feast is the eggshell and the leftover parent molt. Midbeasts are known to have daring appetites as they nibble or take bigger bites with their pointed teeth.
After each shedding, the Midbeast's skin colour changes from a light tint as hatchling, to a bold color as a young adult, then dulls in its adult and parent stage. Also, it evolves its complex receptors, which allows the creature to memorize the different textures and temperatures of surfaces. The dark quills grow out soft at first and are essential instruments to its sensitive tactile sense, acting like whiskers. Later the quills harden to a straight point that is necessary for the Midbeast when it enters the parent stage.
Midbeasts can reproduce without a mate, and it takes the parent to pass away to bear its inner egg of hatchlings. It is during the parent phase that the Midbeast shows lack of appetite and moves at a slower pace. It will wander to a secluded place where it settles for its final resting place. The stiffened quills on its body are part of its defenses against other beasts that may try to eat it. This protection lasts till the parent's skin falls off to uncover the large egg. Then the lifecycle of the Midbeasts continues on.
Midbeasts are my original creation, so please do not claim so otherwise. Also, thank you for checking them out if you have seen these in person c: I'm thinking about making and selling a few locally, and hopefully it'll get some interest!