Thursday, October 8, 2009

Article from The Times Union of Albany NY

Times Union

Doll maker Nancy Wiley uses her talents to illustrate 'Wonderland'

By TRESCA WEINSTEIN, Special to the Times Union
First published in print: Thursday, October 8, 2009

Nancy Wiley has spent her life in what most children would consider the best of all possible worlds.

While she was growing up, Wiley's mother owned and ran a toy store in Vienna, Va. Her brother, William, eight years older than Nancy, was a doll maker who sold his creations in the shop.

"He was always making things, and I always found it fascinating and a huge influence," Wiley said. She ended up apprenticing with him and had a 20-year career making dolls, which she sold at toy shows across the country.

For her latest venture, Wiley spent a year and a half inside another world children adore -- Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Her new edition of the classic is illustrated with photographs of the three-dimensional scenes Wiley created in her Canandaigua studio.

Wiley will sign copies of the book at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St. in Hudson, and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tea Shop of Woodstock, 7 Maple Lane in Woodstock.

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