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Monday, July 1, 2024

Meow Wolf Numinita Stacker

I worked on a cool stacking plush for Meow Wolf based on the character Numinita at Convergence Station in Denver, CO. The design consisted of multiple heads (and hat!) that connect with magnets. The arm and legs are also posable using a plastic internal armature. It's always an extra challenge to add a "feature" to a plush as well as get the pattern shaping right but it's also makes the final product extra fun.

The initial sketch didn't have faces as that was still being figured out at the time.  The head are similar shapes with the variation coming from either or arm or legs.  Once the faces were decided on it was all about translating that look into machine embroidery. It really helps to simplify the shapes as much as possible, you can make complicated designs but it helps to break it into basic shapes so it reads clearly.

The initial prototypes were made in a range of shades of purple fabric. Once it was at the factory production stage the colors changed to match the colorways of the Covergence Station. Colorways often shift, both to match the design and to get the feeling of the final look just right.

This is the magnet breakdown I did for the prototype. This guide helped me assembly the pieces correctly so that it would stack by size but then would also be able to mix and match without running into negative/positive polarity issues.

With all the magnets,  Numinita can stick to itself as well as to any metal thing like a pinball machine or a fridge.

 Numinita is for sale in the Meow Wolf Store.

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