Michelle Reames
Fantasy Artist

"Every time a child says, 'I don't believe in fairies', there's a little
fairy somewhere that falls down dead.

Sir James M. Barrie

"When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a
thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the
beginning of fairies. And now when every new baby is born, its' first laugh
becomes a fairy. So there ought to be one fairy for every boy or girl"
Sir James M. Barrie (Peter, in Peter Pan, act 1)


Michelle


Fairy ~ 6"


Wizard ~ 6"

Unicorn ~ 6 fairy hands

Dragon ~ 7 fairy hands
 

I don't know exactly when I first began to love fairies,
or the concept of fairies. I suppose I've always loved them;
I'm just more open about it now.

I've always had a passion for doll making, but it wasn't until I was
surfing the net one afternoon that I discovered the world of cloth dolls ~ soft
sculptures. I was looking for images of fairies for my daughter to color and
hang on her wall. To my delight, and surprise, I came across a fairy made
of cloth done by the incredibly talented Penny Mason.

Well, I just had to email her to ask if she had patterns for her dolls
(after all, I've sewn all my life and I know I can learn this!).
Penny told me she didn't have patterns but suggested I join a few
online cloth doll groups to learn about cloth doll making. I went crazy!
I bought patterns first from Julie Mc (McCullough), then from Antonette
Cely and Melinda Small Patterson.

Still, there was a problem. Every doll was so large compared to my
concept of what a fairy should be. Fairies aren't 18" tall; they're not 12" tall!
Indeed, fairies are smaller than 8" - more likely they're 6" tall. The only
solution I could come up with was to design fairies my way.

Thus began the most fascinating and rewarding adventures of my life.
I began designing my own miniature patterns and offering classes online.
But it hasn't stopped there. Nothing gives me more pleasure, more
satisfaction, than to take inspiration and make a unique work of art for
someone else to enjoy.

All of my inspiration comes from every day life. I can see a hair-do in a
tree, a clown in the way a child rebelliously defies his mom, a nomad in a
college student hitchhiking back to campus. It's not unusual to pull
inspiration from my dreams, either. Aha! That explains...
Reames Dreams!
Welcome, traveler!