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.
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.