FairyRoom strives to make our wide and varied community feel a little smaller and a lot more connected. Our goal with this series: to seek out people who support our community in their own Fantastic way, starting with artisans and crafters whose stalls line fantasy fairs and FaerieCons — the folk who keep us in wings, fairy dust, bodices, and for-the-day elven ears and horns. Today we’d like to introduce…
Marjorie Dulaney clearly loves her work. A regular fixture at events, she is also an artist and craftswoman, having created a lifetime of paintings, art dolls, textiles, spell kits, and jewelry. Within our fairy/faerie community, Marjorie is the owner of Magickal Things, a boutique in Culpeper, Virginia that features her artwork and products ranging from wands and spells to books and curios to jewelery and handmade, fae-inspired clothing. Additionally, Marjorie’s shop provides the neighboring community with dance demonstrations and a welcoming area where local artists are invited to sketch and take photographs.
We had the opportunity to talk with Marjorie about her artistic creations, her participation within the community, and her love of all things fae…
Please share with our readers a bit about what you do:
My crafts and costume accessories are designed to look like they were made by the fae. I make glitter-shooting wands out of tree limbs, dryad wings that are preserved from real branches, and ear wraps out of clay, gold leaf, and copper beading. I have a line of clip-in hair extensions decorated with shells, moss, pearls, and beads to give them the fae-touched look. I create candles, potions, and charms that have been very popular at fairs, and we plan on expanding our spell line to include natural fragrances, soaps, and body oils.
All of the clothing I sell is fair-trade. Each piece is hand-dyed and washed twice before it ever comes to me. Some pieces are hand-embellished in my shop by my assistants Hallie Calloway and Laken Martin. I’m delighted that Amy Brown has purchased my clothing.
When did your interest in fairies begin? What first inspired you?
My fantasy art career began in my late twenties, with the theme of my first juried art show being A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I started my company with a small line of elemental greeting cards, and it grew from there. But I’ve always loved the magickal world. My mother referred to Arthurian Legend as if it were gospel! Morgan Le Fay fascinates me, especially her portrayal in The Mists of Avalon. She is a very relatable character.
My children continue to be my inspirations. Motherhood has always been my source of creativity; for some reason, I generate better ideas when my children are around. Another source of inspiration is nature. I live surrounded by trees…
Tell us about your creative process:
All of my artwork has to be done in my own way on my own time. My paintings have to happen naturally or they won’t happen at all. Upcoming fairs give me firm deadlines and force me to plan ahead for projects. I now have assistants who help me finish the products I design, however, this does not make the process easier; it just enables me to make more products. I still have to guide my assistants in the importance of craftsmanship, creativity, and the energy it takes to produce these pieces. I enjoy the process of painting, so I hate when it’s over. With crafts, however, I love to have the finished product in hand, as I get frustrated when the piece I’m working on has to wait half-done when life calls.
Where can we find your work?
My website is MagickalFantasy.com, featuring my artwork, writings, and more. Besides Magickal Things, I have an Etsy shop, and I’m on Facebook, too. And I participate in events produced by Mountain Mysteries Manifestations, Medieval Fantasies Company, and Faerieworlds Events.
Many people make great contributions to the Fantastic community every day. We couldn’t possible highlight everyone, but if you know an individual (or group) who is doing something Fantastic, please let us know!