Last week I was working on some embroidery pieces, getting ready for the Designer/Maker show at the Arnolfini in March.img_3642img_3636img_3634a371b934-41fd-47b1-ae63-1f0dc74e9f3bimg_36126bbbe1a7-c994-4b25-985c-540733cbd7a4img_3590img_3592img_3597img_3598fe3c2ad6-ef68-4b49-8331-8303157f9b89img_3629img_3628img_3627img_3626img_3625img_3624img_3623img_3622


This week I’ve been working on a new doll design, The first four dolls have been completed and are available in my shop. They have linen bodies in a variety of skin colours, their hair is wool and their clothes are a mixture of new and genuine vintage fabrics. Each face is individually hand painted. I wanted to create a doll that was a follow on from previous doll designs and that also related to the characters in my paintings. Colour and pattern therefor feature strongly. I have designed a single shape that I can develop in a variety of skin and hair colours to create as much diversity as possible within the one design.¬†48d5f40c-e42d-4edf-8069-018c0d165a27img_3476ac9348d0-7ebf-477b-8406-c564f666f581img_3494img_3491img_0042img_3536img_3538img_3540img_3546img_3547img_3551img_3552img_3556img_3549img_3554

Painted linen and calico dolls

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The shadow dolls above came into being when the sunlight cast shadows from a vase of flowers across my work table, I simply traced the shadows straight onto the doll.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The pony above is a simple shape taken from my sketchbook, I wanted to mix a primitive folk painting feel with a pinch of my little pony kitsch.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The dolls above and below have simple faces inspired by ancient primitive cave paintings, I was also influenced by the graphic shapes, colours and characters found in the paintings of Joan Miro and Paul Klee.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA