Friday, February 20, 2015
I have been working feverishly on a project. I had this very wild idea that if I packed the supplies that matched an idea, I would land in the desert and be so inspired (by something?) that I would launch into an artistic frenzy and easily complete my work. Things didn’t go as planned. I have NEVER had to pull so hard to get something to come to fruition. I stopped writing and poured myself into my work. That didn’t work. So, I took a break, started writing, Craig and Dad went for an all day ride around the desert, and things began to fall into place. I finished the part of the project I had planned for the FOY Craft Fair, which was held on Friday. I did get a blue ribbon, but there were only two of us in the category of Dolls and Toys. And, my dear friend, and craft mentor, Renate, had the other entry. For each of us, it was about showing our work. Really, I could care less about the ribbon. Many of us feel that way. I held fabric and stitched with my hands. I created something. It is my original work. Quite simply, that’s what it’s all about, folks.
Welcome to Fairy Land. My Christmas home for a flock of fairies.
In case anyone is curious, the predominant medium for the houses and the toadstool is wool. All are embellished with more wool, and some of the elements are felted, either by hand or with my felting machine.
The fairies are made with pipe cleaners wrapped with embroidery floss. Their jackets are wool felt, and their skirts are made from deconstructed artificial flowers. Their heads are hand painted wooden beads and the hair comes from my friend Renate’s curly haired sheep, and my wonderful neighbors’ llamas. The fairy idea/pattern is from Salley Mavor, artist extraordinaire, from her book, “Felt Wee Folk.”