Emma Wilson talks Toys, Tiny Books, and the Story of Lovey.

Emma is very creative 9 year old girl with a wild imagination. I’m not really sure when we met. But kids would often come over and play in our driveway, she was often drawing chalk pictures with Elliott and and we frequented the same playground. The thing that really stands out about her work is that she makes everything. I believe nothing she makes is necessarily “art” to her. It serves a purpose. To her a cardboard box is a house for her dolls, a book, a shelf, a bed.

Emma, why do you create? Is it more fun creating or playing with your creations?

Because I like to and it’s fun to do when I’m bored. I never know what I’m going to create and I find out when it’s done. Playing is more fun, because I’m a kid and kids like to play. Also, I like using the creations I’ve made.

Your dolls seem to tell a story. An ongoing story that keeps evolving. Do you see yourself as the director or actor in this universe you’ve created?

Both. Sometimes my toys ask me questions and hang out with me, and sometimes they act like I’m not even there.

I want to know all about Lovey.  Can you describe what exactly she is, where she came from, and her darkest secrets?

Lovey was just a regular doll until we cut her mouth open. Then she turned evil and started eating things she wasn’t supposed to. I’ve had her, Daniel, and Sunshine Baby since I was a baby. I think she is 23 or 24. Sunshine Baby is Daniel and Lovey’s dad, so technically her last name is Baby, but she doesn’t like it when people call her a baby. One of Lovey’s darkest secrets is that she still drinks from a baby bottle.

What of your creations are you most proud of?

Pecan’s Store.  It started about 3 years ago when Barbie moved out of her house.  She moved upstairs.  I’ve had it for years, and it hasn’t changed very much, so I know it’s good.  

Can you tell me a little bit about Pecan’s Store?

Pecan sells food, home décor, art supplies, electronics, and more.  Last year there was a really big blizzard that happened in Toyland and everyone had to crowd in Pecan’s Store.  When Lovey broke in, Pecan ate her.  But somehow Lovey escaped and didn’t learn her lesson.

You have a million tiny books.  What is your favorite tiny subject to write a tiny bit about?

My books don’t all have words.  My toys decide what they’re about when they are reading them.  When I do put words in, it’s just whatever I feel like writing. 

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