Welcome to Fayshoneshire. There is much more to it than this welcoming page. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Suzanne Dietz. Back on April 1, 1997 I had a dream where I was in a strange place with my Twin Soul. I couldn’t see what was going on, so I asked him, “What do you see? Are there any signs?” He explained that he saw a plain little house and a sign near the road upon which was written the name “Fayshoneshire”. That is how the idea for this entire project was born on a particularly eventful April Fools Day.
The Song Says, “Fools Rush In.”
I couldn’t get Fayshoneshire out of my head. It was there to stay. So was I. Few people seem to pronounce it correctly: Fāy-shōne-shīre. Fayshoneshire actually does mean something. “Fay” is a word that is often used to describe that which is of the fairies. A better way of explaining it might be, it’s a fairyland that incorporates some of those things that interest and fascinate me enough to be inspired to various art, music and poetry projects.
Fayshoneshire eventually emerges.
While learning how to use Photoshop, I applied my efforts to create an imaginary place that I honored by calling it “Fayshoneshire”. Fayshoneshire also revealed my ongoing obsession with the dreamy and quite photogenic musician, Robert Smith of The Cure. As a matter of fact, it was even more enjoyable learning to use Photoshop with his super cuteness looking back at me from the desktop. I learned quite a bit from the overall experience. The original Fayshoneshire I drew, animated and experimented with was more of “Robert Smith/The Cure“ website created by an adoring fan–which I still am. I called it “Out Of This World”. It received a Open Directory distinction back in 2001 and ruled as the number one, two or three The Cure Fan Site until 2004. That was when the price of my mac.com supposedly “free forever” web space suddenly shot up…out of my world…to a ridiculously high price that I simply couldn’t afford, nor would choose to pay if I could. Completely disgusted with how free wasn’t actually free anymore, I took down the website and let it gather dust while I brooded about it.
Green: The Color Of Recycled Artwork
I have since been raiding through the mountains of accumulated artwork. I have been utilizing as much as I can. A lot of images are in two slideshows (Purple Magic & Some Images) I created for this website. Some have been used here and there for my various other projects. And I have sorted through it all to find suitable images that can be re-purposed for primarily useful decorative items like t-shirts, art buttons, messenger bags, mugs and such that I’ve been selling. I’m going to do more as time, temperament and my energy allows to feed my very various cool, ever growing online shops.
I hesitated about uploading Fayshoneshire Village again. But it was much too boring for me not to. It really needs a lot of work. It’s terribly flawed to my discriminating eye. I have a new art software I want to learn (Affinity Design and Affinity Photo) and I’ve got time. There are other things to look at on the website beside the village walkway. Even so, it is a work in progress, so do come back and look around from time to time. If you’re curious and want to take a look around the village, click on the image below.
Peace & Love from, Suzanne XO