Preparing Christmas stock, I spent this weekend painting peg dolls and working out several new designs, I am also working on some peg doll kits for customers big and small to get creative with their own ideas. I’m concentrating on smaller designs at the moment, stocking fillers and decorations for shop stock and then I will move on to the larger bespoke items in preparation for Christmas fairs. I like to have a couple of projects on the go at once that way if I am loosing inspiration or getting a little tired with something I can work in another area. This is a great way to take a break from a problem whilst still being creative and usually coming up with a solution at the same time.
So in between peg dolls I have also been working on illustrations for my Christmas cards, I will post about these separately. And whilst drawing I resolved several construction and presentation problems I was having with the peg dolls.
This is a very rough mock-up of a new doll I am designing, I am hoping to have her printed in a kit form, I will offer some ready-made and some with instructions to make your own doll. This is something I have wanted to do for a long time but my stumbling block is how to get them printed and at a reasonable price. My original artwork is on A3 paper and I have no idea how to scan or size this for computer upload or if these could be affordably screen printed. So that is my task at the moment. The picture above shows a hand painted version which I made to check the features were sitting nicely once the doll is sewn up and stuffed, when I make my bespoke cloth dolls I embroider the features on after the doll is stuffed and I can see the shape, making the flat drawing work in 3D is surprisingly difficult, there were a few strange looking creatures before this face!
I have lots of ideas for new plates, this is the first batch finished and ready for my Etsy shop and paper scissors stone in Bristol. I am planning a couple of designs for weddings, births and other celebrations that can have your personal information added. These plates look really great hanging on the wall especially in a group. Mugs, tea cups and egg cups are also in the pipeline. Inspired by folk paintings and my dolls, it is interesting how working in different mediums informs your approach to each, I am always learning.
I am working on a series of small paintings in preparation for Autumn and Christmas, I hope to have these printed as greetings cards and maybe a few prints to frame. The last couple of weeks of the holidays were absolutely exhausting then getting the children settled back into school has left me feeling ragged and ever so slightly panicked about my lack of preparation for the coming season. I am trying to keep a business head and focus on what I think will be my best sellers, I have lists, charts and sketches all over the house! and to be honest there are many jobs I should be doing today but painting head toppled the business head right off my shoulders, I am justifying this as I do need new images that are specifically themed for cards and prints. I am also working on painted ceramics and planning peg dolls, christmas fairy dolls and maybe an advent calender.
I had fun creating these small works, I was drinking my morning coffee, the children were still asleep, it was the perfect moment to get some work done. I decided to paint the paper with some of my coffee, I then worked around the idea of one character, Lucy the shape changing woman, she transforms into birds, a fox and a cat-like creature. It was interesting getting to know her through a series of drawings as well as exploring techniques with fine ink pens and water colours.
So first of all I must apologise for my long absence, the summer holidays are always so busy juggling work and children. I will try to catch up with some of the new work I have done. Today I am working on some painted spoons and vintage pegs, so far I am very happy with the way they are turning out. These will be in my Etsy store very soon. I have painted and drawn a lot recently and this is informing my approach to doll making and other mediums, I have also been looking at a lot of art especially folk art ( a recent trip to the american museum was very inspiring) I was delighted when I found these beautiful old pegs, they are beautiful objects and I hope I have done them justice with my additions.
Miss Mouse has become Audrey in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. She has been so much fun to make, dressed in the iconic little black dress outfit from the movie I thought it would be fun to add the cat mask and coat from one of my favourite scenes. She has been listed in my shop today. I enjoyed this project so much I think maybe Diane Keaton in Annie Hall or Louise bourgeois with her giant carved phallus!
I have worked on lots of new dolls this week and am introducing my newest young women, Miss Mouse dolls. They are smaller than my Molly dolly’s, larger than the little Oshi’s and fall somewhere between as far as play or display go! The Molly Dolly is a special doll for a child, nursery decor or for the adult collector, little Oshi’s are decorative and can hang on the wall like the larger Sazzy dolls that are display only. Miss Mouse dolls were designed as beautiful home decor showcasing my huge collection of beautiful vintage fabrics and their clothes are removable so gentle play is possible. They are between 14″ and 16″ tall, they are sitting dolls with gently shaped arms and legs,linen bodies and wool hair. They have hand knitted and hand-made clay bead details. The fabrics are beautiful quality silks and fine wools also some vintage Liberty of London pieces. Dolls available here.
Above are my little tooth fairy peg dolls with a little basket for your tooth and a tiny envelope addressed to the tooth fairy on ivory mountain. Below are a selection of dolls in various stages of completion including my first little bride and groom. The tooth fairies are available here and the other dolls will be listed soon.
I’ve been working away at getting my first group of standing peg dolls finished, I’m really pleased with them, and am also working on some more ceramics to add to the mugs in my shop. So lots of variety, tea pots, cups and saucers, salt and pepper shakers, serving plates, small dishes and even a smart pair of dogs! Lots of new things listed in my shop and more to come over the following weeks. I’ve had a lovely relaxed Sunday, this post being my only concession to work so I’m off to eat now and relax a little more, happy sunday evening to you all.