I just love seeing what folks are collecting. I guess I feel it tells us just a little bit about what inspires them, what they love, and what they choose to surround themselves with in their homes. Today, I’m delighted to present the next in an ongoing series here on The Storque: The Collectors. First published on my own little blog, the rikrak studio, it’s 11 and a half quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they’re collecting (apart from their art supplies!).
Hope you’ll just love this festive nutcracker collection with the pop art sensation, jelene.
Woowee! This is such a magical time of the year: beautiful music, gorgeous festive colors, and a little fairy dust that seems to dance in the air everywhere we go. How grand!
For me, one of the most nostalgically captivating scenes of the year shines bright on the stages around the world as Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker Suite, thrills children of all ages. This whimsical fairytale, where toys come alive and vivid color swirls all around, tells the story of a world filled with whimsy, festive fashions, and something glorious to capture the imagination of every child.
So here’s the perfect collection for such a magical world. Hope you’ll love Jelene’s festive nutcrackers!
Who (are you) : My name is Jelene Morris — my Etsy shop is jelene.etsy.com
What (are you collecting) : Nutcrackers
When (did you start) : I started collecting nutcrackers when I was a teenager.
How (many do you have?) : I have 25 of them so far.
Where (do you find them) : I collect them from all over. I have some from Germany, some my family and friends have given me.
Where (do you keep them) : I keep them in my doll case, but during Christmas, I have them out on display for everyone to see them.
What (‘s a crazy/interesting story behind one) : I became fascinated with nutcrackers when I first saw the play The Nutcracker at age 11. I wanted one for Christmas, but they were really expensive… so unfortunately I didn’t get one that year. I think during that time, most of them were around $150 or more. Since they have become more popular with Christmas, now they are easier to find.
What (piece would you like to add): I’ve seen some nutcrackers that have costumes, or ones that look like chefs. Those would be fun to have.
Why (do you love them) : I’ve just always loved them ever since I saw them as a child. I think of them as dolls, but just in wooden form. Some of them are really detailed. I think it’s funny how originally they were for cracking nuts, but now they are just mainly for decoration.
Which (one is your favourite) and why : My favorite one is the smallest one I have. It’s about a 1/2″ inch tall. I just love it so; it’s so incredibly small.
What (else do you collect) : I also have tons of dolls that I’ve been collecting since I was a kid. I also love art toys and vintage toys.
How fun! Thanks so much, Jelene.
Continue delighting your senses this season with a visit to Jelene’s bright and beautiful studio, where her pop art playground-of-a-shop is a wonderland for every age. Her fun and festive designs are just the thing for the young-at-heart and sugar-plum fairies this season!
Happy Holidays, nicies!
And may all of your festive dreams come true!
What do you collect? I’d love to hear! Please post in the comments below!