Friday, October 12, 2012

Keeper of the Needle and Thread

Pam Gracia is a self taught character-maker and pattern designer and very proud of it.  Come travel with me through Pam's wonderful world of "Soft in the Head", a place where her original characters are all pieces of her personality and "warped" humor, and a smile is contagious.  Each of the art dolls which come to life in her workroom have a spark of what she cherishes most... life and laughter.

Pam's whimsical and primitive characters are usually of the four-legged variety.  She is well-known for her singing and dancing mice, and sour-faced frogs and cats.  When working with cloth, Pam finds that it is easier to bring human characteristics to an animal than it is to bring animal characteristics to a person. 

The 104-year-old country store, nestled in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where Pam and her husband live along with three very old cats, inspires her creativity. Once her primitive characters spring to life, they feel right at home among all the (as she says) hanging, sitting and standing clutter from the past, some of which she incorporates into her characters whether it is old vintage rusty nails, pins, fabric or even a rusty lantern.  Her art dolls are always 'animated', i.e., doing something like reading, laughing, and yes, even dancing!

In Pam's words, " I love to see the smiles and joy one of my humble characters creates when it is held or seen by the unsuspecting shopper."   

Pam teaches classes and has pioneered some new methods in the “prim” design world with her characters. “Soft in the Head” does two shows a year: Ghoultide Gatherings (a Halloween Art Show) in October in Northville, Michigan,… and a Christmas show in November in Fairfax, Virginia. 

Follow “the happenings” of Soft in the Head by reading Pam's blog:

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1 comment:

Evelyn said...

Great post. I love Pam Gracia and her characters - I have several of her pieces displayed in my home.