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R. John Wright The Apple Blossom Fairies 



      


R. John Wright The Apple Blossom Fairies   R. John Wright

Status: Available | Condition: New | Edition:Limited Edition  | Edition Size: Limited Edition of 150 | Dim:15" Wide x 12" Tall | R. John Wright| Item #: ABF

Price: $ 1,475.00 USD      

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The Apple Blossom Fairies - Flower Fairies  

NOTES: From the book A Flower Fairy Alphabet - The Apple Blossom Fairiesâ„¢ are constructed of the finest all wool felt. The protective older sister fairy measures 8 1/2" tall and is jointed at shoulders, hips and neck with internal wood mechanism. Her legs are specially sculpted in a relaxed sitting position per the original illustration by Cicely Mary Barker. The baby fairy is similarly constructed and measures a wee 6 1/2" tall. Both fairies have delicately hand painted features and wigs of the finest imported mohair.

The Apple Blossom Fairiesâ„¢ are costumed using the finest custom-dyed pure silk fabrics. The gorgeous fairy wings are sewn, molded, and hand painted out of fine silk organza. Both fairies come seated in a detailed, realistic branch of apple blossoms made completely out of felt with delicately airbrushed coloration and molded details. The entire piece displays beautifully and measures approximately 15" wide by 12" high. Note: each doll may be removed from its setting and gently posed.

The Apple Blossom Fairies   by R. John Wright Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity which affirms that this is an authentic Limited Edition production from  R. John Wright.

R. John Wright bio

Naturally artistic, R. John Wright always felt his path would lead to a creative career. Born in Michigan, John attended Wayne State University in a liberal arts program with an emphasis on art and literature. Following college, John traveled to New England and settled in New Hampshire.
While browsing in a bookstore, John came across a deluxe large-format art book The Doll authored by Carl Fox. Filled with photographs of antique dolls, one photo in particular caught his attention: a Steiff schoolroom with early Steiff children dolls seated at desks. John was very inspired by this photograph, and having recently made the acquaintance of porcelain dollmaker, Gail Wilson, he began to contemplate the possibility of a career in dollmaking. Two years later he met his future wife and creative partner, Susan - a recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Little did she suspect that her meeting with John would soon redirect her talents and destiny to doll making. The couple settled in Brattleboro, Vermont in 1974.
THE COMPANY BEGINS First Doll In 1976, when he was abruptly laid off from his job as a clerk in the town hardware store, John decided to try his hand at dollmaking. That afternoon he began to sew a crude figure - his first doll - out of the only fabric at hand, a piece of pale yellow flannel. John had never sewn anything before, but this first effort seemed to hold much potential. Before the first doll was completed, John was already thinking of the improvements he would make on the second one.
Within a few weeks of having lost his job, John made a group of six similarly constructed male dolls out of flesh-colored felt. These dolls featured rudimentary rustic-style clothing and sheep's wool hair and beards. Floppy Dolls He took these first dolls to Serkin's Craft Gallery which was located in downtown Brattlebroro. The owner, John Serkin (son of famed pianist Rudolph Serkin) purchased the first six R. John Wright dolls on-the-spot for the price of $14 apiece. That same day, the dolls sold retail for $28 each and a re-order was placed. During the next six months, John personally made and sold over a hundred of these primitive felt dolls to area craft stores. Susan soon began to help John with the production and together they embarked on an intense period of research and development to improve the dolls. Within six months the dolls advanced beyond the primitive "floppy" stage and included joints and more sophisticated construction and detailing.
PRODUCTION GROWS Paddy & Kate
Working now as a creative team, the couple's doll enterprise soon overtook their small, ground-floor Brattleboro apartment turned makeshift doll factory. The Wrights soon began hiring assistants to come and help with the ever-increasing work load. Inspired by the early molded cloth dolls of the Kathe Kruse company in Germany and the molded felt dolls made by the Italian Lenci company in the 1920s, the couple embarked on a mission to re-invent long-lost techniques to provide the Wright dolls with molded fabric faces. One year after making his first doll, John sculpted the faces which would become the first molded felt dolls from R. John Wright. In 1978, the Character Dolls were introduced. Their sculptural, hand painted faces and detailed costumes and accessories, brought a new level of sophistication to the work.