This was done by Mark Blackwell. The following info I nabbed from Allee’s page as I was having a time of it remembering who did this. “Presented to Allee Willis on September 14, 2009 at Ghettogloss gallery upon the launch of The Allee Willis Museum of Kitsch, this is “Jellybean Allee.”
I almost fell over when Allee pointed these out to me! The Beatles on seam free pant hose? Who wouldn’t love this?
This was an amazing toy but was not in working order at the moment. Once turned on, the legs wiggle and dance……I think the arms move to, I’m not sure…Love the flowers littering the side of the red base.
The ceramic fez hat was killing me, I actually have the real thing with jewels all over it. Allee and I share a love for African art and this ash tray is amazing. The smoke comes out of her mouth if your ciggie is resting on this piece!
What I love about this jewelry collection is that it’s “official”.
This is , hands down, the most stunning piece in my favorite room!
I never knew Julia had a doll. The framed promo poster is wonderful!
Ike Turner in the top photo accompanied by another fabulous piece of art by “Bubble”s the Artist”.
Wish you could see the head and torso better of the ‚ÄúDisco Dancer‚Äù In photo number three. For the torso it’s like someone flattened out a cardboard toilet paper roll, stuffed it and covered it with cheesy plaid fabric, that kind that would instantly give you a rash and not hemmed very well as you can kind of make out in the crotch area. The hair on his head looks like John Davidson with a bouffant.
The ceramic fez in photo number four holds all my TV remotes. Someone broke the original one I had but I was lucky enough to find another one on eBay a few months ago.
The Dick Clark official jewelry display in photo number five is incredibly rare. I have all of the jewelry, including the one on the top left where all you can see of it now is the impression left by sun fading.
I collect a lot of black busts but the mother and child in photo number six is easily my favorite. Rarer than most.
As for photo number seven, I have a lot of other Julia memorabilia including Colorforms, Viewmaster reels and lunch boxes.
The Ike Turner painting in the last photo is one of my favorite pieces of Bubbles the artist’s work. http://www.bubblestheartist.com/
thanks for including my jellybean portrait of allee in your virtual willis wonderland tour, denny!
here are some photos of it as a work in progress:
Right on Mark! It’s the kind of portrait where you just want to stare at it in awe. I love it!!!
i don’t even know what to sa about all of denny’s posts except that Tutankhamun’s Tomb had nothing on Willis Wonderland…Tat jellybean prtrait too, makes me want to shout happy things from mountain tops…how beautiful is that portrait!!???! And of course, the Bubbles portrait of Ike Turner….he looks even better in acrylic…..
Thanks Wind Up! I have had such fun doing these posts. You said it perfectly. I have often said if something makes me happy like “standing on a mountain top”, then I love it for sure! I’ve have used that term before! It fits. When I go to “Willis Wonderland”, I almost feel like Alice falling in the big ol’ hole that takes her to her “Wonderland”, except I hopped a plane and drove a car to my version of “Wonderland”………”Willis Wonderland”….
hahahahhaahahaha! ya know, I DEFINITELY prefer to “big ol’ hole” to “rabbit hole” i’m gonna grab some white out and go find my copy of Alice in Wonderland!
t’is a wonderland indeed!