About Salley Mavor

I make 3-dimensional fabric relief pictures that are photographed and used to illustrate children’s books. I sew together different materials to create fanciful scenes in relief, much like a miniature stage set, with figures imposed on an embellished fabric background. My work is decorative and detailed, full of patterns from nature and found objects, all sewn together by hand with a needle and thread.

Nightmare on Pennsylvania Ave.

The Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) bring back their favorite pair of leading strongmen for this haunting episode. The premise lays bare the complicated relationship between the superpower couple, which dissolves into a recurring bad dream that won’t go away. I don’t mean to meddle, but who would’ve believed that their budding bromance could go so awry, when it was going to be SO beautiful?

The story has everything horror enthusiasts crave; spying, international intrigue, plot twists, deception, alternate reality, psychological manipulation, conspiracy theories and of course, out-sized male egos.

For the scene, the costume dept. devised a warm ushanka for the intruder to wear. It took great exceptional prowess for him to climb high enough to make his way through the window (see below).

The Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) formed after the 2016 election and have produced a string of episodes in the American Drama Series. To keep up with new posts, subscribe to this blog (top right column on the home page). And to find out about Salley Mavor’s post-election satire, please read her message to my followers.

Artificial Intelligence

It’s no secret that this is an especially productive time for the Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch), with every news cycle delivering a goody bag full of ready-made scripts to add to the American Drama Series.

Today’s episode taps into the winning combination of tragicomedy and the latest in spy technology and stars the besieged Great Fabricator’s team of loyal Apologists.

Being true the story, the prop crew acquired a new appliance for the set — a special microwave oven with surveillance capabilities. When asked to elaborate about the custom zapper, the red Apologist quipped, “I’m not inspector gadget!”

Can you spy an example of strategic product placement on the set?

An operative sat outside and patiently listened in for signs of intelligent life. His set of noise cancelling headphones were fashioned out of old cloth covered buttons.

When it became evident that a cut away set was required for the scene, the exterior wall got some spiffing up.

As of press time, the saga is unresolved and threatens to become an international incident. Will the Apologists continue to stand by their chronically unapologetic man? Please stay tuned.

The Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) formed after the 2016 election and have performed a string of episodes in the American Drama Series. To keep up with new posts, subscribe to this blog (top right column on the home page). And to find out about Salley Mavor’s post-election satire, please read her message to my followers.

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I am happy to report that the Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) have been pressed into service once again, with this special edition of a Lewis Carroll classic, set in the White House rose garden.

The lead, playing the Red Queen, delivered a brief quote-worthy headline, all in caps. As the story unfolded, more than a few questionable members of the press pool found themselves on the cutting room floor.

With an eye toward accuracy, the costume department used a variety of media and some anonymous sources to make articles of clothing.

They produced this corresponding video, too.

Other costumes were thoroughly researched and authenticated.

Here’s the Royal Apologist painting the roses red, in accordance with the Queen’s wishes.

Backstage, the cards shuffled around aimlessly when Seven, after calling his bluff, decked the Ace of Spades.

Strictly off the record, it was a challenge for the cast to stay on script while the cameras rolled. However, they pulled through with few revisions and even made the deadline!

The Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) formed after the 2016 election and have performed a string of episodes in the American Drama Series. To keep up with new posts, subscribe to this blog (top right column on the home page). And to find out about Salley Mavor’s post-election satire, please read her message to my followers.

Tap dance

PUN ALERT!: The Wee Folk Players have been tapped to perform a new episode in the American Drama Series. The troupe has listened in and answered the call, even though they’ve been busy working right down to the wire. This impromptu tableau stars two leading men, who’ve both been clamoring for a role that puts them in the center ring.

For the set, the crew reused old furniture and costumes that have been through the ringer more than a few times! For props, they dialed back to the cold-war era and spied a previously untapped resource – a vintage Barbie princess phone.

Backstage is looking a bit worn and disheveled these days, but spirits are high and creativity abounds! Now if only the wee folk would help out and move that tub and couch, so the show can go on!

The Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) formed after the 2016 election and have performed a string of episodes in the American Drama Series. To keep up with new posts, subscribe to this blog (top right column on the home page). And to find out about Salley Mavor’s post-election satire, please read her message to my followers.

Little Red, White and Blue

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The Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) turn to the classics to tell an age-old cautionary tale about hidden danger and hoodwinking, which is as relevant today as it was in the time of the Grimm Brothers. In this latest installment of the American Drama Series, Little Red, White and Blue meets Big Bad Bannon.

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The backstage crew scoured the storeroom for furniture and props to enhance the indoor set, including hints at Big Bad Bannon’s hidden persona. An article from his distinct wardrobe hanging on the bed post is an obvious clue, as is his instruction manual.

Also, you can tell a lot about someone by what they keep on their bedside table. Explosive rhetoric (c/o GI Joe) could come in handy when “blowing up the establishment”.

Pausing on a cliff hanger, this episode begs for a sequel. Will Little Red, White and Blue succeed in her quest for truth and survive being tested to the limit by Big Bad Bannon and his front man?

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And now for a glimpse behind the scenes: Make Up and Costuming devised Big Bad’s convincing guise for the scene in Grandma’s house.

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The part of Little Red, White and Blue is played by a child star who relished the idea of stepping out of her previous roles and into a more edgy drama.

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Here’s an overhead view of the wooded snow scene in the studio.

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The Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) formed after the 2016 election and have performed a string of episodes in the American Drama Series. To keep up with new posts, subscribe to this blog (top right column on the home page). And to find out about Salley Mavor’s post-election satire, please read her message to my followers.

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Hanging by a Thread exhibit

gallery65-1-of-1This month, Hanging by a Thread: Needle Art of Salley Mavor will be shown at Gallery 65 on William in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The owner, Nicole St. Pierre has graciously agreed to hang five large pieces in her gallery’s changing exhibit space. The show will be there until April 1st, 2017. Gallery open hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 – 5:00.

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 9th, 5:00 to 8:00 pm, during New Bedford’s monthly AHA! Night. This month’s theme is “All Sewn Up”, a celebration of the city’s rich textile history, as well as its current day love affair with the textile medium. The streets and venues of downtown New Bedford will be alive from 5 to 9pm with performances, art exhibits, lectures, and much more.

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The following works will be shown: (click on title to find out about each piece) Face Time, Whiskers, Cover UpBirds of Beebe Woods and Displaced.

If you’re in the neighborhood, you can also take in the Excellence in Fibers exhibit, which is at the New Bedford Museum of Art until March 19th.

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Coffee break

The Wee Folk Players are back with another installment in the American Drama Series.This week’s episode is set in a cozy mid-century style kitchen and stars the Leading Man and his Alt-Right Hand Man.

Opening Scene: The morning sun streams in the window, as two men have a heart-to-heart over percolated coffee. Waxing philosophical about the meaning of life, they discuss their favorite books and share hopes and dreams for the future:
Leading Man: “Is it all going according to plan?”
Alt-Right Hand Man: “Yes, the deconstruction of the administrative state is underway.” (quote by Stephen Bannon, Conservative Political Action Conference, 2017)

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During the break, the actors complained about the stale white bread, remarking that they prefer a healthy diet of fresh multi-grain and pumpernickel slices.

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The prop team scoured second hand stores for nostalgic items to dress the kitchen set, evoking an earlier, simpler time. To complete the scene, they also procured a copy of Alt-Right Hand Man’s instruction manual, The Art of War.

overcoffee-1-of-1-2Here’s a reflective candid shot through the window…

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and here’s one of the Leading Man’s understudy, during a pensive moment, while he waited in the wings (below).

The Wee Folk Players are busy writing and directing new episodes in the American Drama Series. To keep up with new posts, subscribe to this blog (top right column on the home page). And to find out about my post-election satire, please read this message to my followers.

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