In fall 2019, I created a series of wooden egg people called Wee Forest Folk.
These little gnomes are based on people I actually know in real life or names my family has made up around the house. We all have special names for each other, with a Dickensian twist.
All of these natural, sustainable, & non-toxic toys have sold at the Owl & Rabbit Gallery in Burlington, NC.
Elmer Oakenhurst has my Dad's handlebar mustache. I hand-painted little gems from the forest floor on his body.
Niven Evensong was named for a man who worked for my Dad when I was just a child. In real life, Niven gave me a Western Barbie when I was just 3 years old. This Wee Forest Folk Niven is in charge of constellations and the magic of the outdoors during the night.
Lovey McDuffins is a name that we call my youngest child, Nate, our baby who is just 2 years old. Just like Nate, Lovey spreads love and cheer to all who know him. He name is also a throwback to Lovey Howell, the millionaire's wife on Gilligan's Island. She is the best!
Here are some of the guys hanging out on a Saturday near the pond.
Roy G. Bivender represents the promise of a rainbow.
Into every life a little rain must fall, but a rainbow reminds us to keep looking up!
Sunny McFarlane is a happy guy who chases the clouds away. Everyone loves when he is around.
His name comes from my Scottish roots and from Winston Churchill's phrase "the sunlit uplands" in his speech, Their finest hour.
"If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands."
- Winston Churchill
Each gnome comes in his own unique packaging.