Three dresses for my Flapper Series, with F. Scott Fitzgerald short stories and novels. Note: the older short stories have a yellowed patina due to the age of the book.
This one, a shorty, is experimenting with fringe and feather and silver bling.
This one, I just love. It's a sleeved dress with pearls and feathers from an unmarred page in a heavily marked up copy of The Great Gatsby, which I saved from the thrift bin. It is a beautiful book and deserves a beautiful tribute.
This one is from the post below.
These dresses and more like them will be for sale at Beyond The Sea in Lincolnville Beach. Custom dresses can be made and shipped throughout the U.S.: please contact me. All concepts, designs and photos are © Kay Stephens
I'm creating a new Flapper miniature dress series based on short stories from the 1920s. This one is made from my favorite author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his short story Bernice Bobs Her Hair.
I like making these literary one-of-a-kind miniature art pieces to "Make America Read Again." Here is the original short story when it was first published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1920.
Each one comes with its own custom hanger. I'm going to be selling these through Beyond The Sea bookstore in Lincolnville, but if you have a store you'd like to consign these mini literary and fairy dresses through this summer contact me.
I love making Wee Folk fairy dresses. I love making tiny shadowboxes. Like cookies in cream, I combined them both. This is The Witch Hare, a fragile dress made from dried grass and cattail fluff perched in a shadowbox on a bed of dark green moss with two sprouting mushrooms. Watch.
Here she is.
The Hare Witching Hour.
Behind The Curtain. Had to learn how to learn miniature wiring.
Here is the Witch Hare in her natural element.
I live in Maine, which inspires so many writers and artists, and here, made in a cigar box, is a miniature 5 inch x 4 inch "Studio of One's Own" for the artist in your life or for yourself. A two-inch watercolor portrait of where the mountains meet the sea sits on a tiny wooden easel.
This postage stamp view, comes from the imagination of local Mainer Justin Stephens. He also handcrafted the little easel that holds it, along with the palette (the size of a fingernail) and minuscule brush. On the studio's wall hangs a portrait of Mt. Katahdin (which is actually a vintage postcard).
This beautiful, one-of-a-kind keepsake is a reminder of unsurpassed beauty in Maine. We only make these one at a time, so check out our Etsy page to see if there's one still available.
Here we go...a new one! In 1929, Virginia Woolf's essay "A Room of One's Own" imagined a literal and figurative space for women writers. As a writer myself, I made this miniature room out of a vintage cigar box that imagines that space.
The tiny furniture is handmade: a rustic ladder back chair and a simple Shaker writing desk, as well as a tiny cork board and a "picture window" made from a vintage postcard of a lighthouse on Pemaquid Point in Maine. When you have a room like this, you need a beautiful view. On the desk is a little blotter with inkwell and pad of paper, a stack of mail, a marked up manuscript, a pot of sunflowers and a bottle of wine with a glass.
I only make these one at at a time so check out our Etsy page to see if one is still available.
After another nor'easter blew through, piling up two feet of snow everywhere in Maine, there were pockets of arctic blue in the snowbanks when I happened upon this one, hiding.
I had a closer look and confirmed that indeed, I'd found a wee Witch Hare, tucked amongst the banks.
Click here to see the story of the one I'd found last spring. This one, made from dried grass bodice and a gone-to-seed cattail skirt is adorned with dried field flowers. She is one of the "Others" and I suddenly grew cold as the snow. She did not care for me looking down at her and so I walked away.
March is the month of celebrating Celtic legends and lore, such as the history behind St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland and to commemorate this day, I made this wee fairy dress in the midst of a nor'easter. While it was a whiteout outside for nearly 18 hours, piling up over a foot, I wanted to bring the beauty of Ireland's lush green landscape into this dress with dark green reindeer moss over a birch bodice.
These are a lovely little gift for the Irish person in your life and for St. Patrick's Day and can be found on my Etsy page. I can make them to order.
Pictured below are three of my most Irish green miniature fairy dresses all propped up by vintage tonic bottles.
Part of my steampunk series, this miniature dress is made from the pages, of Wetware a 1988 biopunk science fiction novel written by Rudy Rucker.
I make these one-of-a-kind miniature literary dress (made from the pages of a secondhand book) to inspire people to read classic works in a variety of genres. Here is a synopsis of this cyberpunk novel.
This altered book art piece is handpainted with watercolor. The dress is made with tulle and tissue paper with various steampunk decorative appliqués. Each dress is stitched up the back with colored thread and comes with its own custom hanger and miniature clothesline clips.
Perfect for birthdays, a writer in your life or a collector's piece for yourself. You can buy it on our Etsy store.
Imbolc (pronounced EE-Molc) is a Celtic holiday on February 1 commemorating the midway point of winter changing to spring. The Celtic Goddess Brighid transforms from the Crone of winter to the Maiden of spring. After being shut in all winter, this is a celebration of light and of lengthening days.
I made this dress specifically for Imbolc with dried, green ornamental grass as the bodice, green lichen with magenta hints, sage "wings" and magenta flowers. The winter of withered plant and tree material is combined with the green of spring.
To photograph the dress, I hiked into Tanglewood and placed it on a frozen stream as the sunlight from the afternoon hit it at a low angle.
The back of the bodice is stitched up by mossy green thread. This miniature fairy dress measures 1" by 4 " and comes with its own wee custom hanger and can be found on our Etsy page.
In winter, the Wee Folk retreat underground. Those overturned trees you see in the woods with the roots exposed? Those are the doorways down to a vast labyrinth. They don't like to be there as it reminds them of how mankind drove them off their own land centuries ago. But, like all creatures, they endure and subsist on the food the Hunters and Gatherers collected all summer and fall.
This is the Reindeer Muse, the Queen's own poet. Every day, she alights to a sunny spot to collect the sun and her thoughts for a new verse she'll take back to the Queen and court for the evening.
This one-of-a-kind miniature fairy dress is made from dried grass, birch bark and reindeer moss adorned with an applique of birch and dried Hydrangea. The bodice is stitched up the back with white thread.
This dress measures 2 inches by 4 inches and comes with its own custom hanger. It can be purchased through our Etsy store.
Tonic of the Woods
the inspiration behind the creations