I have more good news to share 🙂 I’ve just received notification from Early American Life that I have been chosen for their 2012 Holiday Directory of Traditional American Crafts in two categories, both Halloween and Christmas!
This is the marks the 27th and 28th times that I have been juried into the Directory. Thank you Early American Life! The Christmas issue of Early American Life, which includes the Holiday Directory, will be for sale on September 11th.
This figure is a 15-inch high freestanding “Christmas Fairy” decoration. She has a pressed cotton face, hand dyed mohair hair tied with silk ribbons, and a crown of holly leaves and silver bullion wire. Her body is spun cotton over a wire armature. Standing upon a mica dusted spun cotton moon, she is wearing a party frock comprised of layers of crepe paper – with edges cut using an antique pinking machine, adorned with vintage miniature glass Christmas balls. Her shoes and wings are made of silver glass glitter. The stars on her wand are antique Dresden paper trim.
A 5-inch tall swinging girl Christmas ornament with a wire armature, which allows her to be posed in a sitting position on a glitter covered swing with tinsel roping. She has a free form spun cotton face. Her hair is made from hand dyed kid mohair, tied with a pink silk ribbon. She is wearing layered crepe paper petticoats and a skirt, topped with a scalloped trimmed jacket made of vintage cotton Christmas drape. Sparkly pink glitter shoes cover her feet.
This figure is an elaborate fantasy combination of a spun cotton ornament and a paper doll with crepe paper clothing, such as those produced by the Dennison Company in the early 1900’s. Her body is spun cotton over a wire armature, with a chromolithographed paper scrap face. Standing upon a mica dusted spun cotton moon, she is wearing a party frock comprised of layers of crepe paper – with edges cut with an antique pinking machine and tulle, trimmed with velvet ribbon and luna moths made of embossed Dresden paper. Over her shoulders she wears a crepe paper and tissue paper cape. Her hat is fashioned from wool felt, accented with velvet ribbon and a crepe paper blossom. Other details include Dresden paper bangle bracelets and shoes made of black flocking and glitter. In her hand is a crystal ball, for telling the future, & in her bag are stars to sprinkle amongst the heavens.
This figure is a larger sized version of a traditional spun cotton ornament. Her face is made of pressed and molded cotton. Like all spun cotton figures, she has a wire armature, which allows her to be posed in a sitting position. Her hair is made from hand dyed kid mohair. I costumed her in an outfit reminiscent of those shown in early 1900’s crepe paper crafting books published by the Dennison Company. She is wearing a dress and multiple layers of petticoats fashioned from crepe paper, trimmed in black Dresden trims and velvet ribbon. Her hat is made from wool felt, with a velvet band and a glittered hatpin. Sparkly glitter shoes, Dresden paper bracelets, and a ruffled owl mask are the finishing touches on her Halloween ensemble.
These ornaments are so new that they are not even up on my website yet 🙂 Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in having me make one for you.