Museum in the Park: The Wonderful World of Rodney Peppé

Stroud Museum in the Park prompted another visit this week with an incredible exhibition of Rodney Peppé’s handmade toys. I knew of Rodney Peppé’s history as the creator of Huxley Pig and Angelmouse and the author and illustrator of over 80 children’s books, but I was unaware of his role as a craftsman and his books on building toys and automata. Whilst I was initially unsure of whether I would enjoy this as much as previous exhibitions which related more directly to my practice, I was pleased to discover the colourful world of wooden mechanical toys, children’s illustrations and intricately converted mouse mobiles was both intriguing and beautiful. The exhibition provoked childhood memories and imagination, and the works touched on humour, fairytales, nursery rhymes and magic. As always with the Museum in the Park, a children’s workshop runs alongside the exhibition, which continues until 13th November, to help you make your very own mechanical toys.

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