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The dioramas are either made of wood painted with water soluble oil or paper painted with watercolours.

Baked Apples and Hot Chocolate

September’s breathtaking enchantments on Lofoten. The snowy town is progressing, but not as fast as I would like, since the job that puts food on the table is taking most of my time. But … day off today! Actually the only one weekly and this until the end of September (too bad September is by far my favourite month in the year). Hot chocolate and baked apples to help me cope with the fact that my single day off is flying away… Play Video Play Video

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Books, Candles and Hot Chocolate

My fairy tale girls… Well, Lucy is much harder to take into picture, she’s too busy inspecting her kingdom. Pixie, my little bear, always demands my attention, even on a walk. She’s definitively a mama’s girl, this one. Play Video Unfortunately, the town will be a small village because I just don’t have enough space on my walls (they’re all covered with shelves!). I’m limited to 71 cm in length and 40 in height. But I’m going to try to cram in as many details as possible. How I love making these little dioramas, they enchant my soul… Going to add so many things, wrought iron signs, Victorian street lamps and frosted

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Paints deserve little boxes

This morning, while searching for books about Mesopotamia, I came across this so-called Ram in a Thicket. It’s dated from 2600 BC and there actually was a couple of them, discovered in a grave in the Royal Cemetery of Ur in Irak. Archeologists say it’s a reference to an Old Testament’s story (the sacrifice of the ram) but that would spoil everything for me! I think it’s a very cheeky ram with folded wings and he eats from the Cosmic Tree (it does look to me like stars, not roses!). Needless to say… I’m smitten.How could archeologists who don’t have an artistic bone possibly understand works of art? Art’s mostly been commissioned

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A Table

Got myself a little table for my ceramic and watercolour workshop. A bigger table wouldn’t fit… anywhere! But it’s very cosy, so that would do. No more water spill on the bed…When people ask me if I have a studio, I laugh…But it looks better with some proper mess! I’m glad I don’t have to clean up. Such peace… It’s almost night outside. No dusk, no blue hour since mid-april. Hello Night. Good night, Night. So nice to see you again. I’m almost tempted to stay up late. I love doing collage. Endless possibilities… I can add many things as I go along. This beginning of a house will be one of

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The Witch Diorama

This is a diorama I made for a dear friend of mine. I used watercolours on mixed media paper. What took the longest was the making of her Magical Grimoire. Even with a very good instruction book about pop-ups, it took me a while to work it out.  I absolutely loved doing that, I could spend my days cutting bits and painting them, but it’s a serious strain on the hands. Maybe, I’ll consider buying a cutting machine one day, but not for now. In the meantime, this is great fun!

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A Troll Hat

This is a Troll hat I made for Halloween, it’s basically a paper diorama representing a landscape since trolls are a personification of Nature. It’s made of paper, painted with watercolours and there are 4 electric tealights. I don’t think I’ll be able to run with it, but that’s allright, since trolls are supposed to be slow.

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A Bewitching Broomstick

Tada! My first broomstick! About time! It was a delight working on the composition, preparing all the little parts (beads, wooden cut-outs, paper leaves, woven ribbons) and of course making the body itself. The making was magical (of course). Some people have different broomsticks for many different occasions, but I am limited by the lack of space, so this one will have to do. Anyway, I have the feeling that it likes the exclusivity.  Being an animist, I’ve always been attracted to magical and ritualistic objects. I particularly connect to the broomstick because it’s usually ridden by women. In this  male dominated world, I’m searching for a more balanced approach. Expressing and exploring the

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Troll Mother

Still having fun with handmade stationery. Here is one I customised into a Troll. The excerpt is from a Swedish fairy tale : These photos were taken these two past weeks. The weather is now really fine. No more snow (but it was still snowing yesterday)

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