The Most Dreadful Thing


In folklore, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person  or animal that can appear to the living. In ghostlore, descriptions of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, lifelike visions.


Wetplate by Julie Loen

Photo by Aksel Jermstad

The Ghost

This scene started with sculpting the ghost, and the rest of the story grew from that creature.

The Most Dreadful Thing was completed in 2016.

Having finished two scenes, I had learned a lot along the way and was more confident about the look and the scale of it all.  I really started to see something here, an extended project.

The Nanny

I made her outfit from a vintage blouse I got from a thrift store in Salem, Portland. The quality of the fabric made it perfect for the night-gown and cap.

Wetplates by Julie Loen

The nanny’s uniform



Many details in this room are inspired by one of the bedrooms in my grandparents house.

Like this set of washbasin, soapholder and  jug… the floral decoration.


Suitable and inspiring artworks for a nanny’s room


I wanted a minimalistic room, and I chose a feminine floral wallpaper. I made the floor from popsicle sticks. This was still very early in my diorama making, so I hadn’t started creating my own furniture yet.

The iron bed was found on ebay, but I made the linen, bedsheets and pillows.

I made a small loom out of cardboard, and spent a few summer-days weaving the rag rug.

The little table is built from bits and pieces of wood. I then stained it, and made a tablecloth from an old piece of vintage fabric.