Lori Mitchell is a classic American folk artist that has been creating figures for every holiday for over 20 years. Inspired by nursery rhyme illustrations, children's fairy tales and nostalgia, it is Lori's intent to bring her collectors back
to the magic of childhood! She designs small tabletop figures for every holiday, each one with a whimsy and smile that add to your holiday vignettes.
In the pictures above, you can see the 3 steps of Lori creating an original design. Her figures come to fruition with a spark of an idea, dowels, wire, paper mache and sculpting clay. As she progresses in the process
of creating each figure, they transform and take shape and then in painting the personality comes alive. Her favorite pieces to create have a Halloween theme, but often in the creation she will start to design a figure and it suddenly transforms
into something completely different. Lori has recently branched out from holiday, nursery rhyme, seashore and circus sculptures and started creating figures for beloved stories like the Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and the Christmas
If you are a collector of Lori Mitchell figures, you know the secret of each of her pieces. If you have just discovered Lori Mitchell folk art, look closely, she loves to mismatch the socks and shoes on each piece, adding to the whimsical nature of her designs.
Whether you start with a couple of the Halloween trick or treat children dressed in costumes inspired by those worn by her own children or buy a piece or two to display for each holiday, once you start you will be hooked! The good news is Lori has a never ending stream of ideas and creates new figures each year for all of the holidays.