Needle Nonsense revisit


While cleaning up my studio last summer, I came across a plastic bag full of small characters and other props I’d made years ago. The items were used in place of words in a rebus I wrote and illustrated sometime around 2000 for Threads Magazine’s Closures page.

Since then, I’ve shared cell phone photos on Instagram and Facebook of little things I’ve found around my studio. The easiest way to do this was to hold them in my left hand while clicking the camera with my right hand. I realized that showing the scale of these tiny objects with a human hand as a reference point makes you see them differently. The uptick in viewer responses to these images led me to look for more small scale items to photograph in my fingers.


I looked at the printed rebus again and noticed how the images floating on the white page give no sense of scale. Other than the found objects like the buttons, needle and spools of thread, there’s no way of knowing the real size of the handmade objects.


With these new photos, you can see just how small everything is.






28 thoughts on “Needle Nonsense revisit

  1. Oh my gosh. They are beautiful on the page but even more amazing when we are able to see the wee scale of them. You are an extremely creative and exacting artist.

  2. Dear Salley — I loved seeing this! The tiny scale in which you work always boggles my mind. I had no idea that your dolls were so very minute until I created some from your Felt Wee Folk books. Granted, I am just as guilty for working on a tiny scale… did you ever see the sushi I created for my peg dolls? That was absurd.

  3. Oh, thank you for this Salley! You’re right, they take on a new feeling when you see just how small they are. You were wonderfully skilled then, but I can see that you are even more now. You’re such a good example of practicing and perfecting your art. I love the rebus. (I never knew that word before) and I love what you are doing now. So inspiring!

  4. These masterpieces were actually stashed in a plastic bag? They should be in a museum. And thank you for the Wee Folk Players. They help me keep my sanity. Love your work and sense of humor.

  5. I love your art work and would like to learn how to make the wee people, etcetera. Do you hold workshops for the adoring minions?

  6. Sally, I’ve become such a fan! I scour your work for the tiniest details, and marvel at your imagination. Don’t ever stop, please!

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