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Jillie is a seated cloth creation. She’s about 10 inches high from her butt to the top of her head. Jillie’s bodacious curves are inspired by Mae West. She’s a Witch Gypsy fortune teller. I will show you how to create my detailed needle sculpted hands and how to draw a face on flat a cloth head with a stuffed, applique nose. Her cloth shoes are hand painted and beaded with lots of hand-crafted costume embellishments. Jillie Gypsy is going to make your Halloween an inspired one this year.
I am excited to bring this class to you through the Art Connection Summit!
Growing up in the forests of the Ozark Mountains has been magical for me. And since childhood, nature has been a source of creativity feeding my imagination with color and texture and so much more.
I discovered “Faeries” by Brian Froud in the school library around the age of 11 and fell headfirst into Fae! I had always been a dreamy, imaginative child and this book has simply been a lifeline for me ever since. I always look to the faeries when real life is in turmoil…
I started creating fairies through soft sculpture in 1998 and have sent fairies all around the world to live with the people they were meant for. During my creative process I meditate and sing, burn candles and say blessings to these new little beings knowing that each one is meant for someone out there. A fairy may stay with me for days or weeks or even years until the person it was made for comes along and sees them. It’s like a childhood memory or a remembrance of a time when you were happy and loved. That’s what Brian Froud’s book did for me and still does and I have been blessed by the faeries to this for others. I LOVE it.
My faeries and I have been published in DOLLS, Art Doll Quarterly, Soft Dolls & Animals, Pretty Toys Magazine, AforArtistic Quarterly E-Magazine, Arkansas Made, ABOUT the River Valley publication, newspapers, and I was once on a local morning news show called Positively Arkansas.
I’ve taught live workshops and now teach mainly online classes on fairy creating. I love connecting with each and every soul who has come to meet me through Faery. Many of us have been friends for decades!