Art show January 2019 – “Gnomes are Faeries too!”

 

As previously mentioned and advertised

“Gnomes are Faeries too!” by Rachel Terwilliger 

A showcase of Gnomish Faerie exploration by local fantasy/Faerie comic artist & illustrator Rachel Terwilliger (@rachelillustrates on Instagram, Facebook and deviantArt).

Very often the mainstream representation of faerie folk shows us only small, winged creatures who focus on flower care and the kinder aspects of the unseen. While these are valid as any, most other aspects of Faerie are treated as separate from that magical nature – including Gnomes! This work seeks to recognize that nature in these woodland folk and inspire others to do the same.

Featuring Gnomes of several Faerie realms, including Rachel’s steampunk/fantasy graphic novel called “Tock the Gnome” (readable in-progress at tockthegnome.com). Her other recent projects include design work for The Cherry Arts’ “The Snow Queen” 2016-2018 and a series of book covers for H.M. Barone’s “The Zoey Jane Files.” Prints of her work and original pieces are for sale at rachelillustrates.etsy.com.

That said, the reception was this past Friday evening, and it was lovely!

Many thanks to the Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca NY for hosting me, and to everyone who stopped by! I hope you all enjoyed seeing Faerie through my eyes and heart. Getting to do a show focused entirely on Gnomes feels very special to me, and I certainly hope that you all find inspiration in it – to look closer, to try and see the hidden world that’s all around us.

To believe 🙂

The work itself was very fun to put together (and brought to my awareness how very Gnomish my work is in general, I would say 80%, haha). Narrowing down which pieces to newly include was an interesting challenge, too – several Gnomevember pieces from this year and last year got to be featured, and paired with Gnome Wings that matched best thematically (and color-wise). That presentation – putting them together encircled with pebbles – was a new, very faerie-inspired thought, and I am very glad for it.

I hung the show very low again, as I did the first time I showed in this space – part of that is because I myself am so short and my work is so small, but I also hope it helps taller folk to think to look lower – to see what’s below, those small magics hidden closer to the earth. Like Gnomes themselves!

The glass case, of course, is an exception to this idea, as is the wall featuring my Gnomish Persephone, but that couldn’t be helped. Though, as She demanded a wall to Herself, I figure it can’t hurt to have Her raised higher!  And I do like that you can see up through the layers inside the case, thanks to the glass shelving – maybe that will help people think of things in a Gnome’s-eye-view perspective? 😀

I haven’t had a gallery show since last March, so it feels very, very nice to be featured like this again. If you’re in the Ithaca area, please come through and take a look! The walls will be graced with my Gnomish work until the end of this month.

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Sunday Gnomedays 12-16-18 and dElfcember 14, 15, 16

Some catchup, with Elven-Gnomish communication!

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Day 14, “Crystals”

I imagine that where the Elves of “Tock the Gnome” live, the caves are like crystal forests.

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Day 15, “RapunzElf”

I also feel like those Elves would have a lot more ethereal version of this tale, but I went a more traditional route anyway. So consider this semi-canon, for the comic ^^;

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Day 16/Sunday Gnomedays 12-16-18, “Magic”

Featuring some “Tock the Gnome” secrets, not that the Gnome here understands the sense she’s getting!

Prompt list from @monicamarinhoart.

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Gnomevember 2018 days 28, 29 and 30 – COMPLETE!

Catching up, and challenge over!!

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Day 28, “Spiritual”

Featuring two priests of two different “Tock the Gnome” deities – also, the basis of this week’s World Building Wednesday on Patreon. Check it out for more information on their goddesses and priesthood.

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Day 29, “Fashion”

BUSTLES! FOR! ALL!

As these Gnomes are steampunk/Victorian inspired, I couldn’t resist ❤ Tock herself doesn’t get to rock a bustle very often (since its not as conducive to adventuring) so this was a treat to draw.

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Day 30, “Balance”

Ending with Tock herself, looking more piercing and real than usual, surrounded by some vague and creeping symbolism….

That said, CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!! I hope you’ve all enjoyed the “Tock the Gnome” focus on this (and on Orctober last month). I definitely had fun. Please do check out the comic if you haven’t yet and want to see more of this world!

More Gnomevember here 🍄

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Gnomevember 2018 day 27 – Snow

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Yesterday was quite busy, so thank you very much for your patience again ❤

I’ve written so much about how most “Tock the Gnome” Gnomes live their lives inside the mountain, I wanted to show someone marveling at the outside, instead.

(By the way – in addition to the farm-Gnomes we’ve already learned about, there is another group of Gnomes who would have to deal with the winter weather more directly…. My original plan for this prompt was to feature them, but that didn’t work out. Guess we’ll have to learn more about them in the future!)

More Gnomevember here 🍄

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Gnomevember 2018 days 25 and 26

More catchup!

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Day 25, “Nemesis” ~~ Also counting for 11/25’s Sunday Gnomedays.

In “Tock the Gnome,” it has been a long time since anyone saw a Troll , but the legends Tock holds so dear feature them often enough.

Always changeable, always wise, always dangerous.

This Gnomish adventurer of the past seems to have stumbled upon a very large one – perhaps they were napping amongst the earth, disguised as a boulder, which she happened to step on? Though the stories would say otherwise, I can’t help but hope they leave each other peacefully 💫

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Day 26, “Flight”

Tock-verse Gnomes might not have faerie wings, but who says they can’t build them?

(Featuring the husband of one of the characters shown with Tock in a previous entry, and his apprentice. Can you guess who he married?)

~*~ And don’t forget, today’s the last day of my Shop Small sale!! 20% off all items. ~*~

Click here to put some Faerie in your festive! – Patrons-only bonus discount available here.  

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Small Business Saturday! <3

Happy Small Business Saturday, everyone!! Remember to shop small – including my small shop, which is 20% off all items – including my newly released stickers and new print, “Monognomeke” – now through Monday!

Click here to put some Faerie in your festive! – Patrons-only bonus discount available here.  

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