Welcome to "The Spirit Woods"
The seed for this project was planted a couple of years ago when I was looking for something new and challenging to get the creative juices flowing. I found my inspiration when I stumbled upon pictures on the Internet of some very unusual looking mushrooms. I was struck by how they were both alien-like and yet oddly beautiful. I began to play with the idea of incorporating the subject into my doll making. From there, the imagery spilled over into other areas. I began to imagine an entire body of work devoted to the subject of nature spirits. Then my fascination with moths also came into play and before I knew it, a narrative began to take form culminating in a journal with a series of accompanying art works.
The SPIRIT WOODS JOURNAL
To access the Journal, please click on the image which will open it on the Flipsnack Website.
I was fortunate to find a piece of music which lent itself beautifully to the art work. I found the stop motion animation to be the biggest challenge. I used photographs of the nature spirit sculptures that were printed, cut out and jointed with wire and tape to allow movement. Other elements were photographs and sketches. Everything was altered in Photoshop Elements to create a uniform illustrated appearance.
Some of The Projects
Here is a sample of some of the projects.
Click on the pictures to see the slideshows.