With the big Memorial Day weekend upon us, it’s time to celebrate. At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop we have lot’s of ways to help you celebrate within your decorating this season. From Memorial Day though Labor Day and 4th of July in between, red, white and blue will be easy to find with us. And while we have lots to choose from, today let’s see how our new patriotic sculptures can add festivity and cheer to your home decor.
Pictured here to the right is a new addition to the Williraye Studio collection at SYW. Meet Liberty Belle & Sam, designed by the artists and designers of Willraye Studio, Bobbe Punzel-Schuknecht and her husband, Jeff Schuknecht. The name Williraye is a combination of their middle names. “Willi” short for Jeff’s middle name William and “Raye” for Bobbe’s middle name. The joint effort shared in creating each of these whimsical characters, is one that they both are very proud of. Bobbe feels as though she is telling a story through her work and the detailed carving and painting brings them to life.
Liberty Belle wears a true Americana inspired dress of burgundy and blue; adorned with scattered stars. Her crown is cleverly crafted of a birds nest, with a bluebird of course. Sam the yellow Labrador is in high spirits as well, with his stars and stripes top hat.
Greetings from Aye Aye Adam, another new patriotic sculpture for your mantle or side table display. Adam, features hand painted details throughout his sailor inspired red, white and blue outfit. His rosy red cheeks and stick legs are the whimsical touches we love. Giving a proper salute with a paper American flag in hand. The original design is handcrafted by well-known, folk art artist and designer Lori Mitchell.
Lori has always been inspired by children’s themes and literature, old illustrations and toys. In 1999 she began making her first paper-mache pieces for the folk art world and has never looked back. Full of whimsy and charisma, her characters have won a place in the hearts and collections of folk art enthusiasts worldwide. Also new this summer, is Adam’s companion Gloria. Gloria is dressed in true patriotic style, complete with stockings and red Mary Janes. Her cute face seems surprised and in true Lori Mitchell fashion, is highlighted by her rosy red cheeks. We hope these new friends will provide that extra Americana inspired charm, for your home this upcoming season.
~ Have a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend Sturbridge Fans, from all of us at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.