Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Absolutely Amazing!

Today I got to pore over the amazing creations by Salley Mavor in her latest masterpiece, Pocket Full of Posies. If you are not familiar with this phenomenal artist, she makes these enchanting scenes out of felt, stitching (mostly, if not all by hand), beads, and found objects. These very detailed scenes are full of these lovely little characters she creates with felt, wooden beads, wire, thread, etc. This is a book of nursery rhymes, so the characters are all quaintly dressed, with details like acorn caps, embroidered dresses, and tiny shoes. There is an annual award called the Golden Kite given by the SCBWI (Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) for their choice of best picture book, and this gorgeous book won it for 2010. It is a well-deserved honor. The time, talent and incredible workmanship of each page is just mind boggling! Visit her website (click here) for some samples of this unbelievable art. Be sure to see the "About Me" section (click here) for her astounding "self-portrait"! This piece alone would be a lifetime achievement, as would the artwork in Pocket full of Posies. I can't imagine the number of hours that go into each figure, each dress, each leaf, each complete piece! The 51 pieces of art from this book are currently in a traveling exhibit... I wonder if it might travel down to the Mahopac Library to hang in the gallery there... I may have to see if I can arrange that - Wouldn't that be fantastic?