Saturday, November 3, 2012

Winter Girl Shadowbox



The caption reads "At that moment she knew that anything was possible." This was inspired by that wonderful feeling you get when you are "in nature" and all your doubts and fears disappear and you have that wonderful overall sense of well being.
The girl is only 5" tall and the box hangs on the wall.
This piece is currently on display at the Town of Ballston Library in Burnt Hills, NY along with the gypsy wagon, the Forest Gypsy and several other pieces.

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Gypsy Wagon is Finished!



At long last the gypsy wagon is finished--at least for now.
This was one of those projects that kept going on and on and on.


 
The last several days each started with "today I will finish the wagon" but then there was always one more thing that needed doing.






A view of the interior complete with sketchbook, antique oil lamp and tiny patchwork quilt.

 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Gypsy Wagon Update


As you can see the crew is hard at work finishing up the details on the Gypsy Wagon. I have been busy getting pieces finished for my exhibit at the Town of Ballston Library in Burnt Hills so have been remiss in keeping you updated.  Check back tomorrow for pictures of the finished wagon!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Forest Gypsy




This girl started months ago as one head of many during a sculpting session, then started to come together at the Adirondack Museum during the Fabric and Fiber Arts Fest.  I made her body there under the steady gaze of Molly, the life size draft horse that stood next to my display area.   Of course who I thought she was going to be doesn't exactly match who she became but that is the magic and mystery of travelling this road of creation.



I think she is happier without her hat as her hair, courtesy an Icelandic sheep in Vermont, can be wild and free.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Adirondack Museum Fabric & Fiber Arts Festival!




I am excited to share that I have been invited to demonstrate at the upcoming
Adirondack Museum Fabric & Fiber Arts Festival on Saturday, September 15th, at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York. I am looking forward to this great opportunity to share the dolls and the journey involved in their creation. Beret Girl will be helping out by giving a guided tour of my doll making process. She has been practicing her moves in anticipation of this big event!








 



























Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Studio Surprise

 
 

Here is the latest to emerge out of the studio.  She was a bit of a surprise as her head was somewhat of a cast off from a series I am working on.  I thought she was a boy up until her sweater and pants were on then, as often happens, she informed me that she most certainly was NOT a boy and would I please give her a skirt and beret and Voila! Here she is.
She is about 8 inches tall and has requested a horse drawn shepherd's/gypsy wagon to live in so now that is in the works.  Stay tuned for photos of her new residence!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Valley Artisans Market




Here is a shot of my work at the Valley Artisans Market in Cambridge, NY. The beautiful monoprints in the picture are by the talented Jean Holly Clark. VAM is an artist co-op and has been in existence for 31 years and is located in Hubbard Hall, a historic opera house in Cambridge. It is in a space that used to be an old dry goods store, complete with old drawers with Victorian hand pulls and the walls are finished in beautiful, old chestnut wood.  It is a warm and inviting place and a perfect showcase for the wonderful work that is available there.
The weekend of August 18-19 we are having a special sale on select artwork so please stop in and find a treasure to take home!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer Bliss


The gardens are bursting with blooms and the birds are busy feeding their chicks. The hummingbirds keep me busy filling the feeders and the blueberries are ripe. This fellow is enjoying the bounty of our beautiful summer and his bird friends have joined him.  His robe is felted from wool roving and prefelt from New England Felting Supply. They have the most amazing selection of colors and the staff are a delight! Happy summer!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Wandering in the Woods


I ran into this fellow on my daily ramble through the woods.  He was muttering and mumbling...carrying a bag full of "great ideas" yet was still searching for another.  Joseph Campbell says that wandering time is good...

Monday, January 30, 2012

"For Demeter: Life is Sweet" in Art Doll Quarterly Spring 2012 Issue


 I am pleased to share that Art Doll Quarterly has included my "For Demeter: Life is Sweet" http://juliebranch.blogspot.com/2010/09/for-demeter-life-is-sweet.html in the Feb/March 2012 issue.   Thank you to Vincent Giordano of Trinacria Photography for taking the great photos of her!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Trout Dreams in "Reflection" exhibit at Valley Artisans Market




This piece was inspired by my very active dream life. Around her neck hangs a felted pouch and in it is a small leather book which contains the dream interpretation for "three trout." The garment is rya weaving of dupioni silk, organza, yarn and batiked cotton. Her headpiece is felted wool. The trout are paperclay with spots of gilded gold.
"Trout Dreams" is currently on display in the juried exhibit "Reflection" at Valley Artisans Market in Cambridge, NY. The show runs through February 25th.