Lauren: So I’m here with Terra Clark, owner of what she refers to as “snats” or little mice. Terra can you talk for a second about what a snat is?
Terra: So a snat is a little mouse that was made by church ladies at my grandma’s church. They have different outfits, there’s maybe 30 of them in my grandmas possession. However there are many snats in the world, I do not know. There could be over 100.
L: What do snats mean to you?
T: Well, for me they mean my little friends that go around with me and meet different people and adapt to whatever situation they’re in. They’re like little party rats. They have big hearts and us humans try to help them find where their hearts should be.
L: A lot of these photos on here are ones that your grandma has taken, is that right?
T: Yes. She used to make educational videos with the snats and she would ask her fellow church ladies to make a little mouse…she would describe what costume she wanted them to be in and then they would make them for her. And she would also have other little figurines that would be friends with the snats. She was a fan of collecting little toys and finding little trinkets that would fit for her scenes.
L: So how often to you bring these snats out?
T: I’d say almost every time I leave the house, except for work, I have a snat with me. I’ll find snats in different backpacks, in different bags, in pockets, around my room, in the basement. So they pretty much come with me everywhere if I can try.
L: Nice. I also know that you have a tendency to buy other little toys and bring them different places. Is that because of your initial love of snats that then fueled this love of other toys?
T: I’ve always had a big toy collection. I would also have a big toy scene on my windowsills when I was growing up and my brother would do the same, so collectively we both have a lot of toys at the house. I cannot tell you where they’re acquired from. I’ll find toys at thrift stores, I’ll find toys on the ground—anyplace where I can find toys I’ll keep them. And then my favorite thing is: I love having toys so I can give them away for people’s birthdays and give them a little toy bag.
T: If you have any questions about the toys let me know and if you ever want to do a movie project I would love for you to reach out to me!