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This pair is hand-signed by Joyce Byers, the artist and designer.
2011 Sunflower Woman is carrying a picnic basket filled with sunflowers with her bottle of wine looking for a good place for a picnic. She is with her son "Boy with Sunflowers" and he is carrying a bunch of sunflowers as well.
Byers' Choice Carolers have become a tradition for millions of families across the country and around the world. Each figure, is designed by Joyce Byers herself, and handcrafted just northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They capture a time and spirit, which brings joy into people's lives.
This figurine is handcrafted and goes through many steps in the process. We've visited the facility and were very impressed with the attention to detail.
Each head is hand-painted and the figurine is assembled and accessorized one at a time - making each one slightly different than all others.
Their hair color may vary & the fabric combinations and colors may be slightly different - adding to the charm and ensuring individuality of each piece.
Inventory Number: bc-zms182-183
Measurements (in Inches):
Sunflower Woman - This Caroler Stands Approx. 13-inches tall
Boy with Sunflowers - This Caroler Stands Approx. 10-inches tall
The Byers' Choice History:
It was the late 1960s and Joyce Byers, an amateur artist with a degree in fashion design, was disappointed in what she was seeing in the stores: aluminum tinsel trees with garish blue lights. She was looking for holiday decorations with warmth that showed respect for timeless traditions and her own memories of Christmas.
The first Carolers graced the family's dining table that Christmas, and they received compliments from all of the relatives. Joyce knew what to make for presents the following year. A neighbor suggested taking some to a local store, where they sold quickly. The store was part of a federation of Woman's Exchanges and introduced the Carolers to other exchanges around the country. Soon a couple of dozen stores around the country were asking Joyce to supply them with Carolers.
Joyce pressed her husband, Bob, and their two sons into service to help produce the figures each autumn. It wasn't long before the Carolers overwhelmed the dining room table, where the family gathered to work together. "Every year the house would be a total wreck, and I'd say that we're never doing this again!" remembers Joyce.
But when a downturn in the economy hurt his construction business, Bob looked around and saw some potential in the Carolers. He decided to devote more of his energies to the fledgling business, and in 1978, the couple hired their first employee, and turned the garage into a workshop.
The unique appearance and handcrafted quality of the Carolers quickly gained a following. Each year, Bob & Joyce would work with their crew of trained artisans up until Christmas Eve putting the finishing touches on Carolers.
The two sons joined the company upon graduating from college and have played an important role in the growth of the firm, with Bob working in production and Jeff helping with marketing and design. "We always say that Mom's hobby has gotten a little out of control," jokes Jeff.
Together, the family now oversees a team of 180 artisans in Pennsylvania who handcraft those same creations that started out on the dining room table many years ago.