Shinwei Rhoda Yen

Gnomes and mushroom eating furniture…


One of my favourite books as a young boy was Gnomes by Wil Huygen and beautifully illustrated by artist extraordinaire Rien Poortvliet.

After extensive research in Holland, in the early 1970’s, Wil and Rien were able to create this detailed documentary on the enchanting lives of gnomes.

The book covers all areas of gnome culture from architecture, interior design and decoration, education, medicine and even their relationships with the other creatures and animals.


The architecture, interior design & decoration from "Gnomes" by Wil Huygen and illustrated by Rien Poortvliet


On a summers day I would find a hiding place to sit unobserved in the hope of seeing if the Irish gnomes were the same or different as their Dutch cousins.

Although my own investigations proved fruitless it did give me time to ponder and marvel at the world around me.

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