Our friend Teresa Campanaro has a collection that dreams are made of and she is our collector spotlight for July. Thank you Teresa for allowing us to explore your whimsical collection. Let's get started!
When did you start collecting R. John Wright?
TC: It all started in 2006 when I was searching Google for Alice in Wonderland. I had a small collection, but was looking for quality pieces & something different. The next thing I knew, several pages later, up popped Nursery Alice by R. John Wright. I have never looked back! I love Nursery Rhymes & childhood toys, so naturally the Three Bears had to join the collection.
What are your favorite R. John Wright pieces and what would be your dream piece that RJW hasn't made yet?
TC: I love John's bears so I have had fun finding some of the earlier pieces as well as any animal he has done. My dream piece would be for John to create the Cheshire cat! I'm sure he could create many different representations as Cheshire is so awesome! However, I would also like to add that Puss in Boots ranks first on most days as well!
TC: My Alice in Wonderland collection is very dear to me & what lead me to the Wonderful world of R John Wright. I often wonder if he ever thought in his wildest hopes and dreams that he would be so incredibly important to collectors and how high he has raised the threshold for other artists. I can not imagination any part of my collection without the amazing John Wright pieces. That is what was most certainly over the rainbow for me!
If you could ask R. John Wright a question, what would it be?
TC: Is there anything you had hoped to achieve through your lifetime of creating that has not yet come to fruition? If you could do it all again with the knowledge you have acquired over the years, what, if anything, would you change?
Answer R. John Wright:
I would have liked to interpret more classic Disney characters. We produced some of them during the 13 years we were under license with Disney (Snow White, Pinocchio, etc.). But a lot of time was spent on the Winnie-the-Pooh characters as drawn by E.H. Shepard, not classic Disney. We had the chance to do more Disney characters in conjunction with the Doll & Teddy conventions held at Disney World. But there are several characters that we still want to do: Goofy, Donald Duck, Sleeping Beauty, Bambi, Dumbo, Tinker Bell, Jiminy Cricket and others. I still hold out hope that someday we will be able to add some of these to our body of work.
If I had to do it over again I would have hired a business manager early-on to take care of that end of things. Susan and I have managed to keep control of our business and I'm very proud of our accomplishments in that regard. But it has been a struggle balancing the business aspects along with the creative work—which is what we really love to do.
It is always a delight to see our dolls and animals in peoples' collections. Your collection is beautifully arranged, and I can certainly feel the affection you have for each of the pieces. Arranging, re-arranging, finding the perfect complimentary accessory, etc. - It's all a form of play, isn't it?! Thanks for sharing. Don't forget to leave a little room for the Cheshire Cat who WILL be coming!
Thank you again Teresa - that was a real TREAT and we are so proud of you. Your enthusiasm for our work is contagious. We hope to see you soon!