A bit of 'Ye Olde England' in Okieland
One of the things I love most about England is the REALLY old architecture to be found. So as a teenager and into my twenties, I bought these little handmade David Winter Cottages. They were the first things I collected and I still have them to this day, including all their original boxes. I saved up to buy them with the first money I ever earned myself! I toured the factory where they were made, watching the artists at work and learned that each one is based in some part on a real building. Inspiration for the cottages came from a variety of sources; old books, manuscripts, etchings and real buildings. But, the final shape and form of the sculpture comes firmly from David's imagination. He would sculpt the original, a mould was made by hand, the cottage was poured and then finished by hand. Each cottage was a limited edition, came with an authenticity certificate and was numbered. Over the years I also managed to purchase quite a few signed by David Winter. Some are part of collections, the snow covered ones were the Christmas collection. When I moved so far from England, I never thought twice about bringing all of them with me. It seemed like this was the reason I collected them all those years ago, because one day they'd be a precious reminder of home for me. I have 21 in my collection. Although they don't hold great monetary value, they are priceless and a little bit of home to me. Do you have something precious you collect?