Sure, a wink is a physical gesture of blinking one eye with a twinkle in the other and a sly smile that delivers a secret message. Maybe it says "I'm thinking if you in a special way", or "I knew you'd love that", or "I'm full of surprises", or "See, I'm paying attention, and I GET you". Sometimes it's not even a facial expression, but an act that makes you realize someone is winking at you. Take for instance a few months ago when I told you about an article where my friend Jenny Doh, director of publishing at Stampington, was winking at me. You can read about that HERE.
The latest issue of Somerset Studio arrived and I got WINKED at again.
If you've seen Lynne's book Beyond Paper Dolls then you're familiar with this paper theater. Somerset presents additional views in my article in the Sept/Oct issue. It was fun to revisit this project and give it new words. It was so much fun to make and provided endless amusement as I conjured up all the set drop-ins. When I first sent it to Lynne I had enclosed in the prop drawer a figure of Edgar Allan Poe as well as a scaled down replica of a puppet I had created for Teesha's Art and Life, depicting my favorite rock star Ville Valo. It was a way of sending a little WINK to Lynne. To my surprise and delight, Ville showed up on stage in the Somerset article. A total WINK from Jenny. Not many people will know who he is or why he's there but WE know. Say it....H.C.I.T. There is a Valo/Poe connection which is another reason why I included him in the theater but I'll spare you that story today. For more views of The Willow Playhouse presents The Raven, see HERE.
If you've been following my blog this is old news, but here are the pages I had done for Teesha over a year ago....and a photo of me with Ville when I gave him the puppet. Now you know who that dude is on stage in the article...and why it was a WINK from my editor and friend. And because I'm on a music crusade for the GPP Street Team I will share with you a HIM video where Ville is wearing the top hat.
Also in this issue is an Artist Portfolio on Julie Pearson. I was honored to be the one to introduce you to her as she is a very dear friend and incredible artist and mentor. It was difficult to edit myself and not sound like a total fangirl when I wrote the article. It's only here that I can share with you HOW CRAZY I AM ABOUT THIS WOMAN. We are working together on a website for her and you will be the first to know when it's ready. Pick up the issue to see her beautiful work.
Raise your hand if you want to see a spin-off that follows the life of Henry Austen. Susanna and I vote YES.