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.
Sweet babe! a golden cradle holds thee,
And soft the snow-white fleece enfolds thee:
In an airy bower I'll watch thy sleeping,
Where branchy trees to the breeze are sweeping.
-1st verse by Edward Walsh
This spring dress made of birch and brambles belongs to The Fairy Nurse who watches over The Changeling, a human child that this clan has stolen and replaced in its cradle with one of their sickly fairy babies. If you "over look a child" which means to be envious of it, the fairies will whisk it away. Here, The Fairy Nurse has the babe in her ever watchful gaze as she hangs onto a pussy willow branch. She is awaiting the arrival of her clan of hunters and gatherers from the wood and waters wild to bring the babe food. The stolen child will be in her good care, and as he grows, will forget his human mother. When he cries, he will reach for The Fairy Nurse instead.
Tonic of the Woods
the inspiration behind the creations
Photos, stories and concept ©Kay Stephens
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