I am having a major obsession with small worlds at the moment and thought I would do a post about what has been inspiring me. It started with reading my daughter the Brambly Hedge books which I had grow up with as a kid. I love the idea of these little homes inside the trees with little tunnels and all sorts of things going on!
Which led me to my next nostalgic childhood memory of little things creating their world out of their surroundings which was a Disney animation called the Grasshopper and the Ants. I managed to track down the animation on youtube after only remembering a scene where ants were getting ready for winter! Apparently it is based on one of Aesop's Fables and has been adapted for film and television many times including the very first by one of my favourites George Méliès in 1897.
Which lastly led me to finally watch Arrietty which is based on the book The Borrowers, (planning and screenplay was done by Miyazaki). For those who haven't seen it - it is about a little (really little) girl Arrietty who lives under a house with her family and they borrow things from within the house they live under to build their tiny little home.
After going on this journey I am pledging to myself to finally finish the dolls house I started for Audrey 4 years ago and everything in it has to be borrowed from my home, garden or out and about!
I'm very excited to now own an original piece of MaricorMaricar artwork which I bought as a little memento for myself from the group show. They are such talented ladies!
Installation images from the Needle Work Needle Play exhibition taken by my husband Andrew Altree-Williams. Thanks to everyone who came and saw the show, wrote about it and supported us. For those who couldn't make it to Melbourne I have included a selection of photo's from the exhibition so you can see what it looked like however there are many more to be found here on Flickr.
Once again all images are copyright of the artists and please if you want to use any of the images be sure to credit it back to the artist.
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