Local artisan, Dee Gann, is the magic behind her fanciful Santa's. My shop, Scentimental Gardens, aka SG Geneva, is the fortunate recipient to present her vintage inspired heirlooms
Every face is handcrafted by Dee, the beard, accruements, the costume.........scattered among antique elements sourced and collected for over 25 years
Asking Dee if I could visit her workshop, a total of three rooms, and interview her was a treat for me. You can only imagine how my face lit up when I entered one of the rooms, akin to discovering Geppetto's workshop.
Imagine a niche career that one can do from home setting your own hours, having fun amassing a collection, antiquing for vintage furs, costumes and miniatures, culminating in squeals of joy brought to others!
Meet Dee, enjoy her story and photo's (mostly poor quality....my ongoing issue)My Dad owned an antique shop and as a child I watched him turn others "trash" into treasures, antiquing is in my blood.
I started doing craft shows at our local mall 30 years ago. The Christmas shows were always the best, so I eventually gravitated towards Santa's. A friend came by and saw my first Santa then encouraged me to pursue this adventure. When I see those early versions I want to die of embarrasement!
Being self taught, I spent a lot of time in libraries studying Santa's from Old World countries, folklore and customs. Extensive research on clays and compositions with much trial and error to follow.
Sheep's wool is now sourced from all over the world to craft my beards
My inspiration comes from worn velvets, metal trims, actually any fabric or trim that reveals a long ago life.
(Dee asked that I include a call out for victorian ladies waist coats, getting very hard to find)
I knew then that I had God's blessing and that has made me feel that my job holds a certain responsibility.
After several features in BHG, my business grew in a hurry! From thatI received offers and worked with four companies who reproduced my work
My business card says "Find the child within you, and you shall dance to the joys around you"What I love best about my career are the sweet compliments from people about the joy I brought them or how certain embellishments provoked a long ago special memory
Too far to visit? Drop me a line, we can send photo's
Have a joy filled December!