I recently did a swap with gillian t. bencke in Australia ... and this is Arnott, a lovely creature and a new best friend. I'm not positive, but he looks like the quiet type and could be a good travel companion? Time will tell...

I blogged about g.t.b. about 2 months ago after she got in touch with me. I have long admired her dolls but now seeing one (actually many... pics of 'flies in milk' to come) in person I am so impressed by the craftsmanship and the individuality of each piece. Her work inspires me to be more thoughtful of my materials and compositions, and while my beasts are something different than her dolls, there is something to be learned from her color and material choices and presentation style.

And so... a new year begins... I'm excited for what lies ahead.