Now, this is where the fun begins!
My dolls take on their own energy or life force as they come together. I get just as surprised at some of the twists and turns they take as they are deciding their hair color or eyes. I am playing with something different for her hairstyle but yet she is a grand lady. As a result, the hair should be up and dignified as a dowager duchess.
I love how my characters introduce themselves to me. Furnace (aka Furn) came about because I wanted a scrounger, a character out of the normal for me to create, and was inspired by my experience to the little village of Furnace, Wales. But even when I am in the middle of creating one character, my mind is already flowing to the next one.
Of course my next character needed to be a female to my male. Whenever I want magical inspiration I normally turn to Harry Potter as I do so love Maggie Smith. I wanted my character to be a little dark like Furn but yet have a good heart. Fightsy, strong, and knowing her own mind. Hmmm... sounds like I just described the personality of the Dowager Countess of Grantham from Downton Abbey.
But why the tea for two? Well, of course I am already thinking of my next character even as I am putting the final touches to Dragonia. To have the attitude of a Dowager, one must have an Earl of course... the Earl of Grey. Yep, even my tea shop experiences have a way of showing up in my work.
I was probably about the age of 10 or 11 in the huge town of Billings (huge to me anyway) visiting my grandmother. It was a treat to walk the downtown area - as this was before malls and shopping centers. Well, shopping centers were starting, but Billings' downtown was THE place to walk. It was the heart of the city and booming then. Newbury's was my favorite spot but I remember walking through this Hallmark store when I spied them.
A little village. I am a firm believer that anything you have two of begins a collection and collecting can be fun. I don't like mice as a rule and certainly not in my house (live ones that is), but, as a kid, I loved little figurine mice (especially this collection of them in a village). There was a mouse teacher, a mouse bride and groom, a mouse baker... and so on. I bought only a few of this collection but, as you might be able to tell, there was something magical about this little village that has always stayed with me.
Maybe growing up in a small town helped me to connect with this artwork or the fact that I love miniatures or simply I just enjoy the fantasy of them. Now that I think about it, my love of this village could be as simple as they were fairies in disguise.
Furnace is inviting you into my village. Hopefully you enjoyed the mystery and discovered my next villager, Dragonia (if you haven't played yet - go to the Furnace Adventure). I love playing with my inner child's imagination thru my dolls as I create them. Never knowing where it will take me - just as it did through revisiting fun memories of my little mice (or is that meese) collection which I loved so many years ago.
Welcome to my blog. This is where I will reveal the magic of my Fae and their stories 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.
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