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If you never considered a paramecium or a squid to be cute, you should check them out again. They”re particularly adorable through the eyes of artist Hine Mizushima, who creates figures from fabric that are part toy and part sculpture, but all adorable. Born and raised in Japan and now living in Vancouver, Mizushima also creates illustrations and has worked on several music videos and stop-motion animations, including one for They Might Be Giants.

Using felt and fabric, Mizushima creates adorable, sculptural works of mushrooms, snails, sea creatures, and other things that might not always get the love and appreciation they deserve. Her colorful, soft creations are cute, but they”re also an homage to the slimier, less popular life forms. With bright colors and cute faces, these creatures are instantly lovable. Her series Invertebrate Sleep Habits features squids, octopuses, and other invertebrates tucked into bed:

Invertebrate Sleep Habits

<i>Invertebrate Sleep Habits</i>

Pillow Fight

<i>Pillow Fight</i>

Dear Diary

<i>Dear Diary</i>

Sick Day

<i>Sick Day</i>

Holiday Planning

<i>Holiday Planning</i>

But Mizushima has worked on a lot more:

Giant Daphnia

<i>Giant Daphnia</i>

Daphnia are planktonic crustaceans. They really look like this, too.

Ax-Wielding Octopus

<i>Ax-Wielding Octopus</i>

Help Friends Make Things: I”ll Hold, You Wind

<i>Help Friends Make Things: I

From the Slugs and Snails collection

From the <i> Slugs and Snails</i> collection

From the Slugs and Snails collection

From the <i> Slugs and Snails</i> collection

Some mushroom brooches

Some mushroom brooches

More mushroom brooches

More mushroom brooches

Enchanted Forest

<i>Enchanted Forest</i>

From Sleeping (Giant) Paramecium

From <i>Sleeping (Giant) Paramecium</i>

They come in their own Petri dishes.

From Sleeping (Giant) Paramecium

From <i>Sleeping (Giant) Paramecium</i>

Specimens from Regnum Fungi

<i>Specimens from Regnum Fungi</i>

Specimens from Regnum Fungi

<i>Specimens from Regnum Fungi</i>

Felted mushrooms

Felted mushrooms

Some mushrooms in progress.

Some mushrooms in progress.

Hine Mizushima herself.

Hine Mizushima herself.

That squid hat is too awesome not to share.

You can see much more of Mizushima”s work on her website, Behance and Flickr pages. If you want a cuddly little creature for yourself, you can buy one on her Etsy shop.

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