The Watchmaker or Mr Treschenko
The figures below were the reason Grace began writing fiction. While recovering from a long period of illness she made so many of them that she developed repetitive strain injury and was unable to use her arms, so began to dictate a novel using speech recognition software that contained the seeds of all three novels to come: The Land of Decoration, The Professor of Poetry, and The Offering. It was appropriate then, that the little people helped launch The Land of Decoration.
Here they are in the foyer of Random House:
readings from the novels
The figures were modeled using toothpicks and range from two to six inches high. A coin is included in the photos to show scale.