There is much to say about Gnomes.
My career as a fibre artist all really “took off” with the first 100 Gnomes, sort of galvanizing me to the idea that Gnomes were the way to go. Now years later I have lost count of how many actual hand felted wool gnomes I have made, and with anything a person does entirely too much of, there ends up being a bit of a silliness surrounding the original idea – and – the fun continues.
There is a gnome-phenomena in the world, and as far as I can figure – it is mostly based on a common belief in something magical. The “gnome attraction| afflicts a wide range of people – crossing over boundaries unlike any other belief system – beyond gender & status, young and old all around the world, from the rationally educated, to the creatively eccentric, the unfathomably innocent, to the most serious minds – the gnome like all characters in current stories that were once ancient folklore can be believed in, even without proof.Being a person who makes Gnomes, when one asks what I do – the reaction to my answer can be varied. Many a person has had much to share and say about seeing gnomes in particular, even being related to gnomes – it was believable. Stories most common is stumbling onto one tending animals in barns, backyards or in the woods, – appearing to be helpful folk the people start leaving little bits of food and drink out for the possible visiting gnome. One of my favorite things I have heard about gnomes, is how they are the hero often, how they fix things up between the farmer and the fox, they have medical knowledge, and build lovely homes for little critters in need, how “The Gnome is said to be Stronger than 7 men” — holding to the idea that gnomes are a kind and mild mannered superhero of the wild spaces in our world. Why Gnomes you ask? Oh well you see, when taking a new medium to the public I take good stock of my fellow artists current work to ensure I am not stepping into anyone’s “thing” instead I needed to find a “something” that could fill a need, a something special to be my signature piece. When it comes to felting wool fibre into art, in this area of the world, there are many many many”needle felting artists” so owls & bears are a plenty. I needed to find a subject matter untouched & with some purpose. Gnomes! when first “googling” the subject to investigate the idea further – I was aghast to find most of the internet pictures of gnomes depicting some horror garden gnomes and scary gnome movies…. that was it! It was a sign! The decision was made – To support my choice in muse, galvanizing me to declare my artistic intent & purpose was to reclaim a place of cuteness and magical being”ness” to gnomes to the culture of our current day. To challenge the “horror gnomes” of the world with the “power of cute” hand felted fibre gnomes, each a miniature, unique, and special sculpture. “and fun” GNOMESPIRATIONS If you have any ideas for new Gnomespirationals, send me a message :O) thanks in advance.