I have had a life-long fascination with little things and needlework. At the Rhode Island School of Design, I rediscovered my childhood delight in sewing and creating miniature scenes. Manipulating materials in my hands with a needle and thread was so much more satisfying than rendering with a pencil or brush. I found that I could communicate my ideas more clearly and that my hands would direct me in a compelling way. Finding no descriptive term for what I was making, I named my technique Fabric Relief 35 years ago.
Today, I describe myself as a 21st century needlewoman who is constantly discovering new ways to sew different materials together. I create fanciful scenes in relief, much like miniature, shallow stage sets, with figures imposed on embellished fabric backgrounds. My work is decorative and detailed, full of patterns from nature and found objects, all stitched by hand with a needle and thread. The original fabric relief sculptures are photographed and used to illustrate children’s books, including the award-winning Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes. Original illustrations from Pocketful of Posies have been touring the country since the book’s publication in 2010. My how-to book, Felt Wee Folk: Enchanting Projects is still being discovered, after more than 11 years in print. The follow-up edition, Felt Wee Folk: New Adventures is scheduled to come out in the spring of 2015. I work in my home studio on Cape Cod, in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Rabbitat is a short documentary video about my work:
Please note: Wee Folk Studio has discontinued the Ltd. Edition dolls and Blossom Fairy Kits.
Contact me at email@example.com or P.O. Box 152, Woods Hole, MA 02543
Visit my Facebook Page.
Posters, autographed books, and cards are available at my Etsy shop.
See a Makers in Business interview on Vimeo.
See a series of pictures of my studio on my Etsy About page.
To see a list of all of my books, go to My Books.
See Aleksandr Smolyaninov’s Video of my artwork.
Read my acceptance speech for the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
Read an interview with Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Read in interview with Living Crafts.
Poster of Self-Portrait: A Personal History of Fashion is available from my Etsy shop.