The Most Dreadful Thing

Ghost

In folklore, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person  or animal that can appear to the living. In ghostlore, descriptions of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, lifelike visions.

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Wetplate by Julie Loen

 

The Ghost

This scene started with the ghost. I was playing with polymer clay, and all of a sudden, there was this creature!

Having created two scenes already, and learned along the way and was more confident about the look and the scale of it all.  I really started to see something here, an extended project.

The Nanny

I made her outfit from a beautiful vintage blouse I got from a thrift store in Salem, Portland. The quality of the fabric made it perfect for the night-gown and cap.

Her night-cap is inspired by this wonderful, enormous hat that this mouse is wearing. Illustration by Beatrix Potter for The Tailor of Gloucester.

 

Wetplates by Julie Loen

The nanny’s uniform

 

 

 

Many details in this room are inspired by one of the bedrooms in my grandparents house.

Like this set of washbasin, soapholder and  jug… the floral decoration.

Artworks

Suitable and inspiring artworks for a nanny’s room

 

I wanted a minimalistic room, and I chose a very feminine floral wallpaper. I made the floor from popsicle sticks. This was still very early in my diorama making, so I hadn’t started creating my own furniture yet.

The iron bed was found on ebay, but I made the linen, bedsheets and pillows.

I made a small loom out of cardboard, and spent a few summer-days weaving the rag rug.

The little table is built from bits and pieces of wood. I then stained it, and made a little tablecloth from an old piece of vintage fabric.