|Sage Dream Design
(& Songs of the Spirit Arts)
We have cold temperatures and snow in the Winter; allowing for time to rest
and rejuvenate. We have lush, cleansing Springs; a time for renewal,
new life, and beginnings. We have hot and playful Summers, and then crisp and gracious
Autumns; a time to contemplate, collect ourselves, and prepare for the next year's Winter.
I am an artist and have been creating figurative, fiber sculpture and "art dolls" for about 15
years. However, ever since I was a young girl I loved working with my hands and sought to
teach myself the skills of handwork/needlework and any other "arts & crafts" I could
discover. I was fascinated by the ability to form and create objects.
I "discovered" wool about 7 years ago and was repeatedly drawn to it's texture, warmth,
and comforting nature. I began gathering wool and bringing it home, though at the time I
didn't have a clue as to what I was going to do with it. After about two years of this
behavior and much wool swelling in my closet, I found my answer; 3-Dimensional
needlefelting; Playscapes, Critters, Dolls, and Toys!
(It took me a while to figure it out, but I've learned that things happen that way - sometimes
you feel you must act before the purpose of your actions become clear...)
I love nature and all things "magical" - what we see and hear, but mostly all that we can't
see or physically touch with our hands, but are able to feel...perhaps when the breeze blows
"just right" and you sense the kiss of nature.... or, when the sun rises and you're in awe of
the quiet grandeur.... or, when you find yourself lightly dancing along with the rhythmic
ripples of a lazy, winding river.
I also love creating creatures and various critters - the weirder the better!
I am a mother of two children, ages 13 & 17; my daughter, Willow, and my son, Cole.
When they were younger, I found myself frustrated when searching for simpler, more
"traditional" toys - toys that involved '"hands-on" manipulative skills and allowed for
untethered imagination, without all the flashing lights and accompanying noise.
I believe child-directed imaginative play fosters the growth of creativity, which in turn helps
to give children the skills they will need in the future. Children can learn to feel empowered
and to have faith in themselves - to believe they have the ability to create and accomplish
anything they wish (with perseverance and hard work). Allowing your child to explore and
giving them the awareness that they have choices, empowers them and teaches them that
they are the masters of their own lives once they're adults.
They can also learn that they have immense intrinsic value and purpose, irregardless of their
accomplishments. The simple act of being alive and having awareness in the moment, as
well as the ability to imagine and dream, is of value, in and of itself. If they sit in the woods
or perhaps by a pond 'doing absolutely nothing'...., it is still "enough".
I also wish to create for both children and adults a temporary "retreat", a safe shelter, a
nurturing haven; A place to which we can turn our minds toward, allowing us to forget the
pressures of life and feel some comfort and joy.
Let's play and dream together!
Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. I enjoy feedback, completing
custom orders, and I love new ideas. I truly believe imagination has no limits!
Blessings in your day,
|I firmly needle-felt each component of the playscapes by hand, spending many hours to ensure
durability and long-lasting fun for your child. Also, I always sew, never glue, features on my
dolls and critters.
For extra security, I needle-felt each element (such as rocks, mushroom stems, etc..) to the
wool mat, then hand-stitch them, then layer more wool and needle-felt again. (The sewing
stitches are hidden - you will not be able to see them.) I build each play-scape to withstand
the attention of eager hands. A child can push or pull on an element and it will not break or be
pulled off the mat; ie, the mushroom top won't tear away from the stem and the stem won't
tear away from the mat.
The vertical pieces, such as mushroom stems, are thoroughly felted, but remain flexible - this
allows a child to push/pull or even sit on their playscape and the elements will bounce back to
their original state with gentle adjusting. Wool has a "memory" and when needle-felted into a
certain shape/form, it strives to return to that form. (Some items, such as large stems or tree
trunks, have a center core of wire, with multiple layers of 'spongy' wool, and then outside
layers of decorative wool. ) The playmats are also flexible, allowing them to be gently rolled
up when not in use.
All of my needle felted toys are made with strict attention to detail to ensure safety. However,
it may still be possible for a small child to tug, pull or gnaw off pieces of wool if they are
determined. Some pieces of wool, especially curly locks, can be fairly sizeable and thus, may
pose a choking hazard, as can some of the other fine detailing on these sets.
***For these safety reasons, toys are NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN WHO STILL
PUT TOYS AND OBJECTS INTO THEIR MOUTHS.