Dreams and Nightmares

A few nights ago I dreamed that I found the ONLY image of Izannah Walker existing. There are no images of Izannah Walker that we know of, only her work is existing.  The image had a little plate on the frame that said I. F. Walker, which is how she was identified in the Central Falls Directory of 1877.  

In my dream I washed the Izannah Walker photo image in the washing machine.  I'm not sure if it was a  tintype, ambrotype or daguerrotype.  But the washing erased the image.  The type identifying the person was still there. What a bad dream!  I was so glad when I woke up to find it wasn't true.  Phew! 

I've been studying Izannah Walker's folk art dolls for six years now.  If I found something that important, I would hope I wouldn't wash it.  Maybe there is a photograph out there somewhere of Izannah Walker.  Please don't wash it in the washing machine! 

3 comments:

  1. What a strange and interesting dream/nightmare, Dixie. Do you remember after you woke up what she looked like in the picture?

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    1. Nope. Bummer, huh? I bet she looked something like her dolls in some way.

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  2. I think the dream is more about me feeling like I might be missing something important in life than Izannah per se. ;-) I'm kind of pulled in a lot of directions right now and it's interesting that laundry is the star and villain in the dream. ;-)

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