The Tasmanian Devil is a uniquely Tasmanian creature, which to Australian mainlanders like myself is as fascinating as a visitor to Australia might find an animal like the kangaroo.
|Two devils, one without any white markings. Around 16% of wild devils have no markings|
I like my Tassie Teddy for a number of reasons, not just because it represents a strange creature that still roams the island state, unlike the Tasmanian Tiger.
|The supposedly extinct Tasmanian Tiger|
These woolly dolls are made by Envirowoolly, which is aimed at the niche local tourist market.
|The Envirowoolly family...so far|
Save the Tasmanian Devil Program.
|Devil facial tumour disease|
|From my free Sunday Tasmanian paper from the casino June 19th, 2016|
|An article that was in my free Sunday Tasmanian paper from the casino June 19th, 2016|
|A road sign telling drivers that there may be devils nearby|
|Tastex supported employees|
Tastex is an "Australian Disability Enterprise" employing 22 people. Fifteen of our employees have intellectual disabilities. We are also a Special Work of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Tasmania
As a fully operational knitting mill Tastex is the only knitting mill in Australia that provides training and support for people with intellectual disabilities."
|A devil eating roadkill|
I saw about three dead Tassie Devils on my road-trip through Tasmania laying dead after being run over by traffic.
|My Wrest Point Casino tea towel and hat that I bought at the casino in Tassie|
|My cards from the Boag's brewery in Launceston, Tasmania|
There is something that makes me feel better buying a locally made souvenir and really helping out the local economy and for some reason a locally bought souvenir seems to feel a little more magical when I'm holding it, or looking at it
|One of my other great Tassie souvenirs|
I thought it would be cool if MONA sold some kind of specially designed doll just for MONA with a MONA theme to support the Envirowoolly cause.
Maybe a MONA black cat with hot pink crosses (the MONA logo) for eyes.
Sex X, Death + and Hot Pink 806
Maybe even with a Dark Mofo catch phrase across it's stomach, which could be sold around the winter solstice?-)
Maybe even an soup can wouldn't go astray in an art gallery shop, either?
Especially on those Dark Mofo cold winter days.
|My rough t-shirt design suggestion for MONA|
I couldn't find any decent t-shirts to buy while looking through the MONA shop while I was down there.
And here is one for the Wrest Point Casino for a tea towel design, have a few dirty hand-prints with the words,
"I've been to Wrest Point Casino and I'm all washed up again" .
Or maybe a t-shirt that says,
"I went to Wrest Point Casino and was lucky to walk away with this t-shirt still on my back":-)
I'd also like to see Envirowoolly adding an Austr-alien doll to their range for all of us mainland Aussies to take back to the mainland as a souvenir from a state that us mainlanders still feel a little alienated from because of that ocean between us.
What I really would loved to have taken home was one of these "Dark Doodles" by Hobart cartoonist Jon Kudelka, but I read this fish-wrapper above when it was all too late.
I would have loved to have taken home either doodle that he is holding up in the newspaper article above.
I must send away for Hobart by Kudelka as that cookie monster looking mountain on the cover above was the first place in my 51 year (and counting) life of seeing real snow.
Next time I go back down to Down-under's Down-under (that's Tasmania if you didn't get the joke) I'll be bringing back an Envirowoolly black sheep for each of my family members :-)