With the apocalypse seeming closer every day, I’ve dipped again into the world of Mad Max for inspiration again. Drought, warfare, fires, pollution, age old hatreds……we few who care can try to save the world, but in the end we must find a way to simply survive it. The Vuvalini are among my favorite characters from Fury Road—–where older women are so often dismissed in our current culture, the film portrays them as cagey survivors, whose knowledge, experience, and total bad ass skills and attitudes are respected and needed by the younger women, as all band together to quite literally smash the patriarchy.
My talented friend Elizabeth of Dolliteful made a great video of herself assembling my hutch kit. I love the way her hutch turned out, and the video is a great quick tutorial for building your own, especially if you are extra extra. 😉 Kits are available in my shop!
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, I proudly present to you The
Puppelini Sisters Circus! Starring Silvia, Sophia, Giuseppe and
This sister act has been a LONG time coming. Last spring, during the early months of the pandemic, I read an article about an Italian traveling family circus that had become marooned in the last town they had performed in. They couldn’t hold shows, and they were barred from traveling due to Covid restrictions, so they were stuck and trying to make the best of it. I was enchanted by the circus children, practicing their performance routines along with their schoolwork, living a life that seemed a relic of 100 years ago (but of course with electronics.) Later in the year, I read about other family circuses in similar straits in Mexico and the Netherlands…..what amazing lives people lead! I wanted to recreate the feel of the little performers through Blythe, and decided that it would be fun if Silvia and Sophia’s act included their pets.