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 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.
I am working away furiously preparing for the Selvedge Spring Fair this coming weekend, there is so much to do although with each fair I think I am becoming more streamlined with my preparations. I still haven’t found an easily portable solution to my table display, I don’t drive so travel by train with a suitcase, this does limit my options. Below you can see my work table as it looks today, I am experimenting with these lovely colourful boxes to display my work and am pleased with the overall look. The little linen dolls are the first in my new range called ‘Little Oshi’ dolls, they are inspired by Japanese kokoshi dolls, wooden peg dolls and primitive rag dolls and are the perfect size for craft fairs. I will try to remember to take plenty of photos this weekend and report back as there are going to be many talented artists and makers at this event. Have a lovely weekend and beginning to the Easter holidays and of course if you are in London come and say hello!
So I just had my weekend without the children, I always miss them terribly but really really enjoy the break!! I like to watch movies whilst I work. I loved watching Wes Anderson’s ‘The life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’ whilst I finished of these drawings for new small art brooches. I am insanely busy again getting ready for the Selvedge spring fair in London on the 22 & 23 March and Paper Scissors Stone in Bristol starting mid April. Also some images of new brooches completed and available in my shop now as well as lots of new small art necklaces.
Today a little Dachshund called Gus has arrived in my shop, he is made from black linen, wool felt and velveteen. Finished off with a dashing red leather collar and cool plastic bead necklace.
I’ve ignored my blog for a while!! not intentionally, I have just been so busy through January. So here is some of what I have done, lots of new designs and ideas on the work table with some older designs reinstated with a few little improvements. Above is a mini rainbow pony and mini molly dolly bear, below are some knitted pocket animals, I used to make these a couple of years ago and have waited for an opportunity to revise the pattern and add them to my shop.
Above is a lovely new Molly Dolly with a linen and Liberty tana lawn dress and little felt fox purse. Below are a couple of new yoyo baby dolls available here. And a lovely Molly Dolly mouse in knitted pants and vintage cotton top.
The white linen puppy and rainbow pony were just completed today and will be in my Etsy shop soon. I love adding just enough kitsch details, like flourescent bling, rainbow hair and cartoon like features to contrast nicely with the linen, hand stitching and vintage cloths. I’m also working up a lot of jewellery samples, some painted clay, some shrink plastic drawings and some leather and cloth wrist bands. The last couple of photos show me half way through sorting out my workspace, with Ikea shelves and boxes, still a lot to do but it’s looking better organised already! so I hope your new year has got off to a swinging start as well, I’ve got to get back to work now, see you soon.
Above and below are images of my last show before Christmas (Colston Hall Bristol), I made some super cute pom pom animals and machine embroidered standing dolls, similar dolls will be available in my shop in the new year. This is my first experience of the Christmas season, last year I was only just up and running so wasn’t involved in so many shows and pop up shops. It has been a huge learning curve, I finished work at about 6pm on Christmas eve, decorated the tree, filled stockings and crawled into bed exhausted. Christmas morning I had the first signs of impending illness, headache and sore throat, I dosed myself with vitamins and medication and made it through the next few days. The children had a lovely time and whilst they spent a couple of days at their dads I lay in bed watching back to back episodes of sons of anarchy! I’m feeling a lot better now and managed to squeeze a birthday in there as well!
Below are some images of my work table this morning because even when I’m not working I’m working!! developing some new designs for 2013. Small dolls made from lightly tea stained jersey and experimenting with hand drawn faces in the next photo (fox)
These little hanging dolls below have hand drawn pencil faces and wool hair.
The large doll below with dark velveteen hair is a new design I am developing for 2013, she is the same size as the molly Dolly with long skinny jointed limbs and a shaped body for sitting.
Some lovely little pom pom birds and bunnies looking forward to 2013 and some spring sunshine!
Below a closer look at the new large doll with embroidered features and beaded felt bear ears.
A last look at 2012, this is me working into the night preparing for Christmas. Lots of love and best wishes to you all for 2013!! less rain and more sunshine please x