Wednesday, February 18, 2009
"A happy place in a sunny, fairy land..."
This little fairytale creature greeted me first thing this morning when I arrived at the Castle. She calls herself Thumbelina but I prefer to call her perfection. She is the work of Caron Dunn, the Castle's own master of needle felting. What I particularly love about Caron's work is her attention to the small details. Out of mere bits of fluff she is able to conjure the most sweet, delicate and detailed characters.
When I was a girl I used to listen to the story of Thumbelina on a Golden Book 45 rpm record. I knelt in front of the Fischer Price player in much the same position as our dear friend is posed here. Listening raptly I imagined a world where I was able to sleep in a walnut shell and sail in a flower boat all day. I longed to fly on the back of a sparrow. I think what I love about my art is that it allows me to return to that fairy land of the imagination. I imagine that I will be spending a splendid Tuesday, March 31st, in lost in reverie with Caron in her Thumbelina felting class. I look forward to the journey.