When I was a little girl, my maternal grandmother built a large dollhouse from a kit she purchased at the local hobby store. It was a grand Tudor with working lights, plush carpets, and a roof that lifted up to peer into the attic. On the walls, my grandmother hung tiny framed portraits of her four grandchildren.
I loved this dollhouse.
However, it was always clear to me that touching it was not for tiny fingers. Instead, I explored it with sight–every inch, every nook, was a thrill to beheld.
That dollhouse was a magical world unto its own and it formed my intimate relationship with visual beauty.
Because of the world that my grandmother created I have always loved “little things” - and I continue to feel a fantastical pull toward that same sense of awe and wonder.
In many ways, so much of my adult life now harkens back to that dollhouse.
I am, by profession, a Storyteller. I recreate worlds for others by reciting rich tales. I am also, by profession, one who engages with others in the power and process of awe and wonder.
My academic training is in Spiritual Development. For more than a decade, I helped others cultivate discovery within their own personal and spiritual journeys.
This I did in a large congregational setting.
Now as a Spiritual Director, I do the same for those I serve, only on a much smaller scale.
A miniature version, if you will.
My studio, which I lovingly refer to as Cottingley, is a celebration of another type of world that harkens back to that very early sense of awe and wonder. Filled with books, baubles, and some spider webs spun in the corner, it is backdropped by our 150 year-old Victorian Eastlake on the National Register of Historic Places.
Wellworth was built in 1871 on the fertile land of John Harshey and would later become Summit County’s top-producing dairy farm. Today, it is a centering space for creativity and contemplation. Cottingley is the 800 sq. ft. cottage that once sheltered the farm’s traveling workers. It is now my art studio and host to private contemplative retreats.
This is the enchanted world that I now share with you. My creative works reflect intentional living, the joy of discovery, and a celebration of imagination, lain atop a tapestry woven from the universal language of story and the magical world of Alice & Iris.