The river Einion with the waterfall next to the old blast furnace was beautiful. I wondered what the river must have looked like 200 or 300 years ago as it was working with this old smelter to create the iron ingots from the ore. As I was standing next to the old furnace and seeing the holes in the side to vent the flames from the burning charcoal, it made me feel like a dragon was breathing and belching fire inside as the iron was melting.
How do you catch it? That Spark of Inspiration - that idea that makes you want to play and create something magical in this mundane world.
As to where this inclination and inspiration came from for me? It started with my trip to Furnace, Wales. A village that wouldn't let me go and forget it. It was hidden away and if we hadn't heard the story of it, would have not even driven this way. A little town that is really more of a hamlet (it was really just this one building and a few hidden houses back in the trees). At one time this place was a hub for smelting iron ore. Bustling and busy with iron at a time when iron was locally mined and greatly desired. But like all small villages it had its heyday and is now just a quiet little village to drive through.
Was the dragon here because it was trapped and chained to work as a slave? Or was the dragon recognized for it's strength and power and worked with the village?
I also had the experience of a heated stone massage on this trip. I always wanted to try this experience and when I did, it then opened my mind to healing stones that were heated. Would dragons not surround themselves with stones just like gold that would heat to warm them? How could I use that idea and where did I want it to take me? So, as inspirations do, it begins with a small Village on the Wall with a character name Furnace J. (John) Heathcliff and of course, a dragon.
When my mother died over 20 years ago, I vowed that if I could do one thing in memory of her, it would to keep magic alive. She never revealed who Santa Claus was even after I was stuffing my own children's stockings. She would surprise me with little unexpected gifts hidden that I had to discover, but not caring if she got credit. After all, it is in that moment of discovery that magic can be created. She also gave me the greatest gift of thinking - that I could always create whatever I needed when I needed it.
Over the years I hope that I have been that light of magic for my children (with having boys sometimes it is a little hard). After all, males need to touch and hold something solid in their hands to truly believe. And maybe today children in general all have to do this as CG (computer graphics) has created some wonderful illusions that they have been taught not to believe in... as it isn't real.
Why do we need to believe in the magic? What person doesn't want to experience that light of joy when they are surprised with a gift that they have been hoping and wanting for a whole year? What parent doesn't want that sense of pride knowing that their child can go out in the world feeling like they can take it on because they know they can accomplish whatever it is that they need?
So where am I taking you? My dolls are my tool for keeping the magic alive for me. Through them they continue to surprise me and gift me with all sorts of magical moments. I am hopeful that I can share that experience with others. I have been enjoying myself as I discover the magical realm of Wymsy and the characters that Passporte' and myself have met along the way. Now my Eemps are taking me up to a new level of discovery. Inspired by my trip to Europe this summer and the many villages of old that I traveled through, I am hoping to bring these experiences into my dolls. I will be exploring the magic within a village and the inhabitants therein.
Andy why do we need to believe in the magic? Why to save the World of course. It is in learning to believe in things you can't touch like Truth, Justice, Mercy, (and maybe even a little magic) that brings these beliefs to life and makes them real.
Welcome to my blog. This is where I will reveal the magic of my Faes and share with you some of the success and pitfalls through the journey of doll making, sculpting, and other crafts that all come back to my dolls in many ways.