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A new twist of ideas combining an original view of folklore with traditional leather work. Celebrating the mystical outlaws of the occult, agents of the supernatural and the enigmatic necromancers.

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Don’t be afraid my dears. It’s alright...
I have some wonderful eye-candy for you all if you just step a little bit closer... Haha ha ha haa!
A new twist of ideas combining an original view of folklore with traditional leather work. Celebrating the mystical outlaws of the occult, agents of the supernatural and the enigmatic necromancers.

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Medusa Wood is the place.

The Video above is a piece commissioned last year by a collector of the lovely ladies of Medusa Wood.

You may find it creepy, but how wonderful when you are reminded how leather, in this unique medium, at one stage contained life and continues to contain a different life in a whole new way... forever!
And so, when working with leather in such an unusual way, how unexpected it is to appreciate the wondrous beauty of the ageing process through skin.
I suppose I share a common ground with the characters I create, and certainly may have been tried for witchy suspicions in the days of the persecutions.

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Throughout my career, I've worked in traditional animation and all manner of visual effects for stage and film. My ‘witch-craft' revives all the fun in the physical aspects of working with your hands and the ingenuity employed before digital technology replaced the enjoyment of holding a genuine artifact to touch and look at.
I've taken the folk art of apple head dolls a little further in a process I've developed myself. It’s pretty much a process of mummification, which in fact, was the concept I intended for my first apple head, to peer out from a crypt-like box found at an emporium. But the apple shrank too much for the scale of the box, so a miniature leather witch’s hat I made became the catalyst that started the cauldron bubbling!
My workshop overlooks the roofs of the neighboring warehouses surrounding me in an area that houses a multitude of creative industries... A perfect outlook where I watch and tend to the apple heads daily, strung up just outside my workbench window, sun-baking all year round in the Australian sun.
Right next door is an Architecture display business that builds intricate models, who are of great assistance in packing the sculptures for shipping. So rest assure, future buyers, your shipment is in the best of hands.

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THE PROCESS
Within 3-4 weeks after carving features into the apple, it dries to half its size when eyes are fitted and dyes can be absorbed and pigments applied to its flesh. The apple continues to densify a little bit more as the body and clothes are formed in vegetable tanned kangaroo leather using a number of the trickiest little wet-mould techniques. The hide of the Kangaroo makes a most versatile quality leather with the tightest, most consistent running fibers, that give it such tensile strength for it's weight. It holds excellent impressions, creases, lines and wrinkles left by tools that punch, pinch, pleat and crimp the leather. The finished form dries and sets a bit like papier-mâché. It’s always a surprise to see in the leather how the dyes react when wet, shifting through folds and deepening in wrinkles, leaving a lasting, beautiful depth and vibrancy.

It takes up to a month or more to complete each sculpture. So usually there are three going at the same time, staggered over the duration as they dry, set, harden and have things fit together in a three dimensional jig-saw puzzle.
...Time in between for their stories to loom!

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THE STORIES
Some of the characters are based around stories and legends you may have heard. Otherwise they derive from the dark depths of my own imagination, stemming from a prop that I've made or found till an expression reaches out from the shriveling flesh of a drying apple, and magically snatches it for its’ own.
The diversity of detail fills in the gaps to their origin and become the drama to their diorama; the hat, their hair, the broom and my favorite... the background to their wickedness!

People ask me, do you make any of them “nice”?
No- This is who I am NOW! Ah-Haha haha hahahahaaaa!
You’ll be tempted with just a sting of the witch’s pitch before you buy.
Till the day she arrives at your doorstep, you’ll receive the full story as part of the certificate of authenticity. A story you’ll enjoy sharing with your guests when they point and exclaim,
“What the ‘Folk-Art’ is THAT??”
As I’m sure you can follow, this is a character with its own life being sculpted, not just a model.

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My first three witches sold on another store I hold here on Etsy, before I opened Medusa Wood. Please read the reviews left by their new owners in the photos at the head of this copy. One of the best comments was left for Rosealba, who went to my first overseas Etsy customer to join her collection of witches; A collection which had grown with her each year, birthday upon birthday landing on Halloween. Wonderful!
But further more... A witch from Oz, flying to Kansas!
Yes... the customer lived in ‘No-place-like-home’ Kansas!
(wicked laugh here...)

Do drop by again...
You will always find something wicked waiting for you.

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