Hi, it's Geri here. I thought I would tell you a little bit more about myself. First let me explain, I know how to do many things, using a computer is not one of them. My fantastic daughter-in-law Tonie is trying to lead me into the real world. I, however, prefer the land where puffs of wool and sticks of chalk dance from my mind into sweet mouse couples, "Pretty Lady" giraffes, crystal fairies, dancing camels and Boston Terrier gentlemen. Thank you for bearing with me and coming again to check out this site.
This Spring I am excited to say that I will be in Philadelphia, PA for the
Doll and Teddy Bear Artist and Collector Convention
May 12-14. You will find me in the doll section as the greater percentage of my art will be human and anthropomorphic dolls, some a little wild and crazy, many soft sweet and reminiscent of Beatrix Potter's Drawings. I've always loved children's books and it shows. Then in June I'll be off to Australia
and New Zealand again.
Many American collectors will see and evolution in my work that probably won't surprise them. As Vintage Advantage Bears, I created bears that were early on, dressed and ascessorized with antique fabric, laces and toys. My bears were often little furry people or elegant Victorian or Edwardian ladies sometimes with families. You will see why Geri Williams Originals is now a much more suitable name.
Six years ago I first went to Australia and New Zealand. The lands and people were magical. I went to teach and sell and learned so much! I was making bears and animals of mohair and wool felt then. Some of the Wednesday Ladies, a regular class group at Kympatti Bear Studio
in Gold Coast Australia encouraged me to play with needle felting. I reluctantly obliged. I fell instantly in love with it and came back the next year selling and teaching some needle felting. Well, you know how first love moves to a point where we want to change that precious one just a little here and a little there. Within a couple of years my workshops were advertised as teaching "very innovative techniques that you can use in all forms of bear, animal and doll making." I had designed new tools, techniques, and written an advanced sculptural needle felting
book that followed fairy classes that I taught in Texas to those beautiful adventurous women who have been like the Magical Mid-Wives at my rebirth into the art doll world.
Since I was a child in beautiful "Almost Heaven" West Virginia making dolls and decorations out of wild flowers, I have tried a myriad of different forms of craft and art.
I got low marks in art as a school student because my art didn't look like everyone elses. I got high marks in college art because my art work didn't look like everyone elses. I've never enjoyed any medium as much as I do needle felting. It is so freeing. I can make a cute shy mouse or a tender Madonna and child with soft flowing lines. Wow! I thank my family , collectors, students, my God and my country for the chance to express the many ideas and emotions within me.
See you later alligator!
Oh, it's a crocodile (real!)