2018 – precious to provocative

It’s been quite a year. Thank you for coming along on my artistic journey, which I endeavor to make entertaining, as well as thought provoking. It’s encouraging to know that you are out there, interested in what’s happening at Wee Folk Studio!

To help review the year, 
I’ve organized a list of all of the posts published on this blog in 2018. They are grouped by topic, including a miscellaneous category at the end. Like my work, the subject matter ranges from precious to provocative. Along with the ubiquitous fairies and Polly Doll adventures, there’s our animated film, “Liberty and Justice” and the exhibit that caused a ruckus. I also documented the process of making a new picture book, “My Bed: Where Children Sleep Around the World”, which will continue into 2019. I hope you enjoy the 2018 tour.

Animation Stage for Liberty and Justice

Liberty and Justice Animated Film
Rob and I spent a year in the basement, making our 14 minute stop-motion animation, Liberty and Justice: A Cautionary Tale in the Land of the Free. We learned as we went, filming over 100 scenes. I made and animated the dolls and props and Rob designed the lighting, operated the camera equipment and edited the film. The movie was completed and released earlier this year. Get a look behind the scenes in the following posts:

Liberty and Justice in process 1/1/2018
All that glitters 2/25/2018
Animated movie logo 4/16/2018
Liberty and justice – the movie 4/24/2018
Liberty and Justice film festival debut 7/7/2018
Costuming despots and innocents 8/5/2018
Liberty and Justice film on YouTube 8/29/2018

WGBH Open Studio interview with Jared Bowen

Censorship and the Liberty and Justice Exhibit 
It took me awhile to understand that being called a badass is a high form of praise these days. I was as unfamiliar with the term as spellcheck, which automatically underlines it in red, as if it is too hot to handle. But, after experiencing the cancellation of my exhibit because of its political content and the subsequent uproar, I’m enjoying the label, no matter how ridiculous it sounds. Over the past 2 years, I’ve made art that shows a provocative side that has always been there – it just needed a good enough reason to reveal itself.  The following links cover the story of the Liberty and Justice exhibition:

Censored 9/6/2018
The show must go on 9/22/2018
Liberty and Justice for all! 9/30/2018
New England Quilt Museum Steps Up 10/12/2018
Happenings of Note 10/20/2018
WGBH Interview with Jared Bowen 10/12/2018

Close up from Afghanistan page in My Bed

Bed Book
This year, I’ve focused on illustrating a new picture book that explores varied cultures from around the world. My Bed: Where Children Sleep Around the World  is written by Rebecca Bond and will be published by HoughtonMifflin in 2020. I’m really enjoying the process and am falling more and more in love with the children and their living environments as time goes on. The end of the project is near, but there’s still a lot to do before late Spring, when the finishes are due!  The following links document the process of making scenes and animal icons that were completed in 2018:

Holland (part 1), (part 2), (part 3)
N. Africa (part 1), (part 2),(part 3)
Iran (part 1), (part 2), (part 3)
Russia (part 1), (part 2), (part 3)
Afghanistan (part 1), (part 2)
India (part 1), (part 2), (part 3)

Persian Cat
Parrot and sheep
Elephant and Goldfish 

Stitching fairy tunics in the Edinburgh Airport

Ltd. Edition Fairies
Even though I’ve moved on from fairies, I still like to take projects to work on while traveling. So, every once in a while, depending on my schedule, a Ltd. Edition of 25 Fairies makes its way into my Etsy Shop. This year I completed 2 fairies, Honeydew and Petunia. You can see the process of making them here:

Polly in Edinburgh

Polly Doll
Polly traveled to Scotland in her custom made Fair Isle vest.

Polly – Scotland
Polly’s Fair Isle vest

Cahoon Museum of American Art

Misc. Posts
An odd collection of posts, from studio discoveries to activist art to a family recipe.

Small things around the studio
Surprise Find!
The best cheese straws in the world!
Self portrait revisited
Fiber art at the Cahoon Museum
Sweet Resistance Art
In the Heart

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8 thoughts on “2018 – precious to provocative

  1. 2018 was so productive!
    Your ability to move between satire and “sweetness” while standing up for your art was both impressive and refreshing! Thank you!
    Wishing you well in 2019!

  2. Love your art and I loved your political statement! People have always communicated thru art and that you were censored in America is the country’s great shame. You go girl!!!

  3. So in love with your work. Have your “fairy” book, gonna make some in 2019, for sure! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  4. “The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The work of life is to develop it. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.” – David Viscott. You have accomplished all three beautifully. Thank-you for sharing your gift!

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