"Wynken, Blynken and Nod" is based on the fairy-tale bedtime story poem written by Eugene Field in 1889. If you have never read the poem, you should! It's a lullaby story about 3 little sleepy boys who sail in a wooden shoe across the night sky fishing for stars. The 3 little boys think they are fishing for big fish, but when they cast their nets in to the depths of the sky, all they catch in their nets are stars. The story is a wonderful, enchanting little fairy tale perfect for any sleepy head.
The inspiration to create "Wynken, Blynken and Nod" began as a flea market find with a group of artist friends whose purpose was to find an item and bring it from trash to a treasured state. I was fortunate to find a very old and beaten up vintage wooden shoe wine bottle holder that was in terrible disarray. After hours of sanding, a bit of wood putty, and a fresh coat of stain, this old wooden shoe that used to be a wine bottle holder became the wooden sailboat for our 3 young heroes.
The entire piece measures approximately 15 inches tall, and 16" x 8" wide. The 3 little sailors measure approximately 6 inches each.
The 3 figures were made using a wire armature, polymer clay and painted with acrylic paints. Each has a head of mohair with sleeping caps permanently attached to their tiny little heads. All 3 little boy figures have little hand-stitched pajamas and their own nets filled with stars. One little boy, who fell asleep in the back of the boat, holds a small sculpted teddy bear and has a small hand-painted muslin blanket of the moon and stars. In my eyes, he is the little boy in the poem whose mother tells him the lullaby story at bedtime. Two of the figures are removable from the ship for shipping purposes. The 3rd standing figure stays tethered to the ship because the anchor helps to hold him in place as he stands in the boat. It serves as the weight mechanism to balance him correctly for standing at his angle in the boat. :-)
The boat, as stated earlier, is made from a natural wood carved shoe. It is permanently attached to the cloud-ocean base. The cloud-ocean base was created with wire and foil armatures, apoxie and paper clays, then painted with acrylic paint and sealed for protection. The mast of the ship is easily stuck in a hole in the shoe and tethered accordingly to hold in place. The sail is made from cotton muslin cloth and hand-painted with a crescent moon and stars. This imagery represents when the little boys have a conversation with the moon and is meant to mimic the sleeping boys blanket that later transposes to the sail of the wooden boat in the dreaming state of the story.
If you are a lover of literature, nursery rhymes, or fairy tales in general, then this is the perfect collector's item for you!
Wynken, Blynken, & Nod
Please handle this item with care.
This item is considered a fine art sculpture. It is not intended as a play toy for tiny hands because it contains choking hazards and can break if not handled appropriately.
Please note that this item is intended for indoor display purposes only. It is not intended to be placed on display outside of the home. The artist is not responsible for damage due to exposure to outdoor elements.