happyholidayscanada

Happy Holidays

Victoria, British Columbia · 34 Sales

happyholidayscanada

Happy Holidays

Victoria, British Columbia 34 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(17)

Announcement   All of my sculptures are designed and constructed with fine craftsmanship and attention to detail. As a holiday artist, most of my inspiration comes from my collections of holiday ornaments, tassels, vintage fabrics and jewelry, antique laces and trims, old rugs and miniatures. Dennison party decoration books, the paraphernalia of magic tricks and the designs and graphics on fireworks have also influenced my design style. Since early childhood, I have loved holiday celebrations and the decorations that accompanied those times.

I will also have, from time to time, items that I just have to make that are not holiday related. I like to mix things up.

Due to the varying sizes and weights of my work and the differing postal rates across North America I cannot give a base shipping rate. I will however give the least expensive rate to ship unless otherwise directed. Please check out the policies page. Thanks a lot.

Announcement

Last updated on 07 Apr, 2016

All of my sculptures are designed and constructed with fine craftsmanship and attention to detail. As a holiday artist, most of my inspiration comes from my collections of holiday ornaments, tassels, vintage fabrics and jewelry, antique laces and trims, old rugs and miniatures. Dennison party decoration books, the paraphernalia of magic tricks and the designs and graphics on fireworks have also influenced my design style. Since early childhood, I have loved holiday celebrations and the decorations that accompanied those times.

I will also have, from time to time, items that I just have to make that are not holiday related. I like to mix things up.

Due to the varying sizes and weights of my work and the differing postal rates across North America I cannot give a base shipping rate. I will however give the least expensive rate to ship unless otherwise directed. Please check out the policies page. Thanks a lot.

Len Bentham

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About

A look at what inspires me and how I started to make holiday inspired sculptures.

Inspiration

I design and construct one-of-a-kind sculptures and produce all the clothing and hats with vintage or antique fabrics, trims, and embellishments. I begin with a general design in mind, sometimes with a thumbnail sketch, but most of the time I see the finished work in my mind, and then build it allowing the sculptures to evolve as I work. I create props, such as fireworks or lanterns from scratch or adapt items from my collections. Available materials often decide the final outcome, an entire personality or sculpture developing from one item.

I love holiday celebrations and the decorations that go along with them. My inspiration comes from my collections of vintage and antique holiday decorations, vintage fabric, antique laces, trims, and miniature props that I buy at the thrift stores or make to have on hand. Interior design and fashion, the paraphernalia of magic tricks, as well as the designs and graphics on fireworks are also a great source of inspiration. Ideas for new characters and items drop into my brain continuously; the hard part is finding the time to make them.

Early Years

I was born and raised in Victoria BC, Canada and have lived in Victoria for most of my life. I attended the Vancouver School of Art and have worked as an artist and designer for over 35 years.

In art school I produced mixed media sculptures and worked in set design and construction, receiving a scholarship at the end of the first year.

After leaving art school I pursued off-loom weaving and basketry techniques for sculptural forms. I received a Canada Council Explorations Grant to explore woven sculptural forms using the basketry and off loom weaving techniques and had a summer installation at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Two pieces of my work were exhibited in the 1980, "International Miniature Textile Show", in London, England, Europe and North America. I also had work appear in “American Craft” magazine.

Despite these successes, I felt frustrated with contemporary art. In 1985 I came across Margaret Schiffer's Book, "Holidays - Toys and Decorations", bought a copy and was amazed at the quality and detail in the German candy containers and toys. My immediate reaction was, “These are the items that I want to make!” I began to create sculptural toys and figures, candy containers, feather trees, pull toys, jack-o-lanterns, marottes and decorations inspired by the turn of the century holiday ornaments.

About ten years ago, I realized why I had felt so frustrated creating contemporary sculptures, I was trying to be a serious contemporary artist but at the sacrifice of my sense of humour. I get bored very easily working in one medium ; I need a variety of creative outlets. Working in paper, cloth, metal, composition, or whatever is required to complete a sculpture suits me perfectly.

I also produced props for parties, malls and shops. The prop making and the holiday inspired sculptures fueled one another giving me wonderful ideas. I love working on a very large scale for a large prop, as well as on meticulous detail for a small sculpture.

Over the years I have created props for private parties: an enormous caterpillar sitting on a four foot tall mushroom, nine foot crayons, an eight foot free standing stork candy container, filled with 6” cabbage candy containers intended as party favours for a baby shower, and for a local shopping mall, a family of four articulated pumpkin headed scarecrows, a mother, father, brother and sister, that hung from the high ceilings in the centre court of the mall. The children were about ten feet tall and the parents were sixteen feet. This scarecrow family inspired my first Hallowe’en candy containers.

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    In 1985 I bought a copy Margaret Schiffer's, "Holidays - Toys and Decorations". I was amazed at the quality and detail of the German candy containers and toys. Since then I have been creating one-of-a-kind sculptures based on these antique toys.

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Last updated on 20 April, 2016
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3. When you decide to buy the item/s let me know and then place your order. The amount that Etsy will bill you will not include the shipping. I will then send a payment request to you for the shipping amount through PayPal. Once I have received the shipping I will then mail your item/s to you.

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