|Those who know me personally will tell you that I am at my happiest when gardening or working in my studio at the top of the garden, crafting away at one-off-pieces...Notably on gaggles of fairy folk that slowly appear in front of my eyes as the hours pass - It's always very satisfying to get to an end of a work session and to have a whole new batch on my workbench, which days previous hadn't existed, except as rolls of lace, ribbons and tins of trinkets. Each special fairy is given a name and is poured over many times to get that right... I like each one to reflect the time invested in its creation, with treasured details completing their look. |
Forgive me for saying, if you will, but there have been a few more fairy makers arriving on the scene...I'm not going to dwell on that point, except to say I am taking from this only the positives...Which is, that it has encouraged me sit down and work on a new line of fairies, different to my previous design that you see above, in order that I may be able to offer something more unique. (The gals shown were made by me a couple of years ago.) For those who still love what I do, I shall return to my tried and tested style later this year, but for now I am enjoying the challenge of experimenting and finding a new beginning...
The girls that are slowly emerging from my studio are smaller in size to my tree-topper fairies and angels by about a third (approx: 15 cm tall). Each has a hand sculpted body and is posed to resemble a little ballerina. I think they still shine through as my style and, as ever, are dressed in beautiful antique textiles, laces, and trims that I have collected over decades.
By way of a sneaky peek, this is my prototype who will be staying with me...
Over the next couple of days I shall photograph all of those that I have produced so far. I'll introduce them on my blog and start typing up listings for my etsy shop. I hope you'll like my new ballerina fairies.
Thank you to all who still support my small business - You are very much appreciated :)
PS: I may be able to acquire a more up-to-date mobile phone to the old brick I currently hide in my handbag!...If so, I am considering possibly setting up an Instagram account...Any thoughts or tips from those who use their Instagram page for business promotion, gratefully received. Thanks, Niki x