Fetch Him Back! Let Him Not Go!
A séance or seance (/ˈseɪ.ɑːns/) is an attempt to communicate with spirits.
My first diorama was finished in 2015. After years of experimenting, I finally found the look I wanted. The scene was a gathering of mice performing a seance.
Taking inspiration from the film The Changeling,1980, I decided, after first having tried with a Ouija-board, to give them a Spirit Trumpet as their tool to communicate with ghosts.
Victorian spirit trumpets
The Changeling, 1980
The first version. A cosy teaparty playing with a ouijaboard.
I turned it into a serious seance.
At the tailor
The fabrics I used for making the outfits were mainly cut from clothes after my grandparents.
A pair of striped suspenders make great trousers. Using vintage fabrics and lace is essential. The clothes need to have a history.
Creating miniature art is something I really enjoy
Drawing, painting in oil or watercolors… Then creating the frames, often using old belt buckles or pieces of jewelery
Wetplates by Julie Loen
A Tragedy in New York
Once upon a time this little mouse traveled with me to New York to meet my friends. One of their cats caught her, and we found the mouse later that night, in a very sad condition. Back in Norway, she went through polymer clay surgery and some arm and leg reconstruction. A visit to the tailor, and she could return to her seance.
When I started on my first diorama, I didn’t think I would ever be able to create all the things I would need. But as time has gone by, my skills have improved. I am now creating everything in the dioramas.
I have decided to keep the first ones mostly as they are and not change things too much, even if I could do better today. I find it interesting to see the evolution of my work.
Except from two things, the fireplace, and the painting hanging over it. The fireplace I bought in 2011 looked too fake, so I threw it out and sculpted this new one.
The new painting. Eggoil tempera on canvas 10×10 cm.