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Monday, September 24, 2012

...Wonderland, Wiley & Earth Angels...

...I first saw Nancy's art about 15 years ago...
It's hard to really remember that far back in the doll world, and all those small shows I frequented, NiADA, Idex, Toy Fair and more...but then when her doll art made the cover of George magazine with Demi Moore in an avant garde puppet costume of her creation, it was impossible for everyone not to notice her work.

The years have passed and I have remained an admirer.  Even better I have gotten to know Nancy through Jo Packham and the wonderful world of Where Women Create...as for Nancy's work, it has simply gotten better and better...

 
So I am truly  thrilled I am to welcome her as the newest Featured Artist of Earth Angels Studios...
 We're still putting the finishing touches on her page but I was too excited to wait to share the news.


Nancy's work is incredible and such a testament to her many talents...painting, sculpture and illustration...

Nancy perhaps tells her story best in her own words...
here is an excerpt from her site:

"My artistic journey has certainly followed a circuitous route. I was sidetracked from my initial interest in children's illustration when I apprenticed my brother, William Wiley (a very talented doll artist who passed away in 1991). Bill encouraged me to try "his" medium and I was captivated. The way I bridge the gap from painting on a flat canvas to creating an art doll is to view the doll as a 3D canvas. I paint features in oil as I would for a portrait and I believe this is one of the small differences that define my style. When I recently photographed my work to serve as illustrations for the classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland storybook, I felt I had come full circle."  

I adore Alice and have had this wonderful unabridged Alice in Wonderland on my shelf since it was released, I was thrilled to post "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" to the site today...

Like her rendition of Red Riding Hood, doll characters tell their tale on elaborate sets of her making...




The circle has continued well round with her latest book just released this year...
The illustrations are actually photographs of dolls in elaborate stage sets in which The Wolf and Little Red tell their tale. The beautiful scenes incorporate painting, sculpting and storytelling.


 And here are her main characters as dolls we're offering -- they've leapt right from the pages of her book!





Thanks to Nancy for these amazing works -- it's my honor to include her on our site.  


And you can read more about Nancy on her site and in this book of her art...



Thanks again to Jo and the Rochester ladies for the great day yesterday...
xxoo Jen

5 comments:

Michelle May said...

Love Nancy's work and I enjoyed reading her story in WWC.

Jo James said...

Yay! Love her :)

drooz doodles said...

so great to see you on Sunday!
what a fantastic surprise!

I adore nancys work - so amazing to see those details person! and those books... *sigh*.

happy Fall.
shell

drooz doodles said...

i adore nancys work - and it is so amazing to see
all the details in person - and those books *sigh*

so great to see you on Sunday - what a fantastic surprise!

Happy Fall!
shell

Marlene said...

I love Nancy's creations ~ they are magical & enchanting... whar are a wonderful addition to the angels!... have a honey of a day!

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