Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Wonderful Winsome Whimsies of Oz

Oregon folk artist Christy Meyers left the world of stock brokerage after 17 years to follow her heart. CC's Whimsies was born and celebrated their fifth anniversary in October. Christy's self taught artistry has grown by leaps & bounds. Christy is featured in the Winter 2008 issue of Art Doll Quarterly and her work was noticed by Ashton Drake who approached her about a series of Christmas ornaments based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Ashton Drake was so pleased with the Oz designs that Christy has been commissioned to create Alice in Wonderland ornaments. The head of design was also impressed with Christy's artistry and requested that Christy make a series of vintage Mickey Mouses ornaments.

The Oz ornaments are made of resin and embellished with metallics, cloth, glitter and simulated crystals. The variety of textures adds a new dimension to our well loved characters. Their loosely jointed limbs is another charming feature giving the ornaments the appearance of dancing when they are moved. The first set is shipping now.

Due to the overwhelming response the Oz ornaments received, Christy Meyers will be making a series of clocks for Ashton Drake. Test Marketing is expected to kick off this month. First up in the series is the Tin Man. Illustrations of the Wicked Witch and Dorothy are shown below.

Christy still has many hopes and dreams for her enchanting creations, one of which is to publish stories about the Whimsies. Let's hope she considers a Wonderful Wizard of Oz storybook! I'm sure we'll be seeing lots of Christy's work in the future and I hope all of her dreams and whimsies come true!

Special thanks to Christy Meyers for allowing the use of her ad and conceptual photos in this entry. The Curiozity Corner extends a hearty Congratulations on all of CC's Whimsies new endeavors.