Midsummer is a powerful time for The Wee Folk. To discover the portal to their world, you must walk nine times around a suspected place on a full moon night. They can make themselves visible or invisible and can change their shapes and sizes but May Day, Midsummer’s Eve, and Halloween are good times to see them.
Here is the Pine Nymph caught in one of my custom cigar shadowboxes. Some are so fragile they need to be protected behind glass.
Here, The Fairy Nurse is cradled in a picture frame shadowbox. This was a custom made shadowbox crafted by a Maine woodworker. Each one of my Wee Folk dresses come with a back story, which you can simply look up on my website Journal by viewing the right hand column.
A trio of custom one-of-a-kind fairy dresses and shadowboxes ($55-$65).
This fairy dress, made from red and white birch bark, with a reindeer moss cummerbund and bramble skirt is encased within a vintage box behind glass. It has mounting hardware on the back to hang upon the wall or can just sit on a shelf. One of a kind. $65. Contact me if you want more info.
Stephen Crane's short story "The Blue Hotel" published in 1898, is about an Irish man who gets in trouble with other inhabitants of the Palace Hotel in rural Nebraska and believes they are trying to kill him. Crane’s use of vivid colors is evident throughout the story. To pay tribute, Justin has painted watercolors on these altered book pages, which have been made into miniature dresses.
This one is more stark, adorned with a white ruffle and blue beads and a white sash.
This one uses hints of red, white and blue (not intending to be patriotic) and is adorned by feather and bead bling.
Pine Nymph is a "merry little creature, always dancing, always skipping, her little toes twinkling, her gauzy skirts rippling! For sheer joy she danced like a sunbeam here, there, and everywhere."*
*Adapted from My Bookhouse Through The Fairy Halls "Columbine and her Playfellows of the Italian Pantomime." (The Bookhouse for Children, 1920)
This unique dress is made from a white pine bodice and a lichen petticoat overlaid with some kind of white fluffy flowers I plucked from a tree in June on Sears Island. (*If anyone knows what these are, please email me.)
Pine Nymph is joined by other Wee Folk (who will be revealed soon) as they spend their summer days playing and pantomiming in the woods. Coming home from her heyday in the meadow, she sits and rests upon the pine boughs.
Tonic of the Woods
the inspiration behind the creations
Photos, stories and concept ©Kay Stephens
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