by Margot Pierce
NYC-based artist Khara Ledonne paints enchanting, miniature worlds inside tiny lockets – and they are amazing!
Ledonne creates her pocket-sized masterpieces completely by hand and without the help of a magnifying glass as it makes her dizzy. Each of her creations is magical: entire solar systems, animal paintings and colorful love notes remarkably come to life through the artist’s craftmanship and they are ready for you to wear!
“I’ve always been drawn to tiny spaces and the prospect of adventure. Moving so often, I carve out a small colorful nest for myself, whether I’m in a tent in Vermont or on a caravan in Italy,” Ledonne explains on her Etsy blog. “Living in NYC can be an urban struggle, which often inspires me to paint the places where I long to travel. Real life hollers constantly: emails pile up, the Internet is fickle, and sales drop when I least expect it. Through it all, I think of the lockets as tiny escape portals—an opportunity to check in on my secret spirit animal, or have a peek at the hidden sailing adventure hanging around my neck. Adults need daydreams too, I say!”