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.
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
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:
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)
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 traveled to Scotland in her custom made Fair Isle vest.
An odd collection of posts, from studio discoveries to activist art to a family recipe.
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