Anthropomorphism is the showing or treating of animals, gods and objects as if they are human in appearance or behaviour. And it also the inspiration behind Etta Dunsmure’s unique pompom gifts.

Anthropom is the creation of Etta, a mother of two young girls, who lives outside Haddington. Anthropom sells personalised three-dimensional pompom pictures on quality cotton fabric, framed in wooden embroidery hoops. Hand made by Etta at home, whilst running around after her children (and three legged dog!), they make lovely gifts for new babies, children’s birthdays and unique presents to mark special occasions. They also make a cute alternative to a traditional door plaque and displayed as a group either on a wall or propped on a shelf, they will create an original focal point in any room.

Etta started making her Anthropoms for friends, but as the word spread and demand grew, an online shop was set up on Etsy. She explains “I started making my Anthropoms as presents for friends as I wanted to give them something a bit more original than the usual gifts from the high street. Everything I make is handmade which means that no two items are identical. A lot of time and effort goes into each of my pieces and I love seeing them in situ on a nursery or bedroom wall” 

Taking inspiration from nature, the majority of Etta’s creations are anthropomorphic versions of wildlife, although the latest range of Anthropom birds are more realistic in their look. Etta adds “I don’t just make animals, there are people too. As I create, ideas pop into my head, so the collection evolves!” Etta also takes commissions and each Anthropom can be personalised.  

Ancient mythology suggested that Anthropomorphic deities exhibited human qualities such as beauty, wisdom and power. So, perhaps this is the driving force behind Etta’s original and bold charitable act to raise money for Womankind Worldwide. In March this year, Etta shaved off all of her hair to raise money for the charity and donated her hair to the Little Princesses Trust, who create wigs for children who have lost their hair through illness and disease. Not only that, but she is also using Anthropom to help raise further funds for the charity. For any Anthropom orders placed by Local Life readers before the end of April Etta will donate 25% of the proceeds to Womankind Worldwide.

Speaking of the reasons behind her unique choice of fundraising activity Etta said “As a mother of two daughters, the charity Womankind Worldwide is close to my heart. It is a global women’s rights organisation that works to transform the lives of women and girls in male-dominated societies that suppress and control women of all ages, from all countries and backgrounds. I want to set an example to my daughters to feel confident in themselves and grow up in a society where both men and women are equal without having to question it.”

quote LOCAL LIFE and 25% will be donated to Womankind Worldwide