Hello again! It’s been a while since my last post so time to catch up. Oops!! I have several new dolls to share pictures of, as well as my Mardi Gras doll that was shown in the August/Sept/Oct edition of Art Doll Quarterly magazine (but I will save that for another post). I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer so far. Mine has been quite memorable. My husband and I took a road trip through New Mexico, Arizona and California. I absolutely love the desert, mountains and our time relaxing on the beach. We also had a short mini vacation in Pensacola, FL. Being next to the water really gave me the inspiration to create a few mermaid pieces. (I believe I only sculpted two in my entire doll making days.)
The purple girl has already been sold however you can find the other one in my Etsy shop. She is currently my last remaining doll for sale. As always, layaway is available. Message me for details on how to split up your payments. 🙂
I always post my daily progress on my Facebook art page but trying to remember to update my wordpress is another story. So I am a bit late on this dolls progress because she is already completed however thought it would be interesting to do a quick post on the stages of my doll from beginning to completion.
Dolls are pretty time consuming (sketching/planning ideas, armatures, making the eyes, sculpting, cooking, layers of gesso, painting, varnishing, lots of waiting for things to dry, attaching the limbs for the jointed dolls, making the costumes, gluing in the hair, and all the other little details that go into it). It really works my nerves when someone asks if I can “lower the price” or “”omg why does she charge so much”. If only people could understand this, much like painting or any other art form, is a time consuming process, and also these are one of a kind pieces of art. If you want cheap, you can always go for mass produced.
This is my newest piece. I have lately been taking a small break from my jointed dolls to make a few standing sculpts. (but don’t worry, jointed ones coming back soon!) She is my representation of the grim reaper.
In mythology, Kitsune is a Japanese fox spirit also sometimes known as the nine tail fox. They possess magical abilities and often the number of tails they have will indicate how wise, old and powerful. They also have the ability to shape shift into human form, which is a concept I have always found inspiring. Like fairytales, mythology is something I grew up reading. Various trips to the library would result in a large pile of books focusing on Norse, Greek, Egyptian, Celtic and Asian mythologies. Japanese, in particular is one that always intrigued me. I have since been fascinated with Japanese culture, masks, costume, animation and theatre.
Instead of my normal ribbon jointed method, I decided to make this a standing sculpt so that I could place a lantern and japanese pipe (kiseru) in her hands. I also wanted to experiment with detailing the base which is something I have done in past sculpts and think I will continue in a new series of dolls.
She is now for sale in my Etsy shop. As always layaway is available.
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Again, I am behind on my posts so working to update my last few dolls that I forgot to post.
Here is Celeste, one of my stuffed body doll with clay face, lower arms and hands. She is full of beautiful lace and has a little victorian feel to her. I was inspired by the work of the illustrator Sakizo an had the urge to create her after my recent convention. I adore this doll and think she is one of my favorites. In fact, if she doesn’t sell I may claim her myself and keep her forever haha. Right now she is proudly displayed on my wall along with my other art.
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She is available in my Etsy Shop
I had started this doll with the intention of having her completed for Easter but got so side tracked with the commission wedding dress as well as my own personal costumes. She is now completed and up in my Etsy shop waiting for a home. As always, layaway is available and I can break payments up to help make her easier to afford.
As with all my dolls, she is 100% handmade with no use of molds. Many hours and much love have gone into their construction. All pieces are original works that cannot be duplicated.
You can follow more of my work and progress on my art page.
I have been super busy working on a commission wedding dress (which I admit I am so happy to have out of my hands) as well as personal costumes for upcoming conventions that I had put away my clay for a short period of time. I believe its been about 3 months since my last doll and I am happy to be back sculpting. My head is filled with lots of new ideas and I have been going back to some of my old sketches which I am using for inspiration.
I am really excited about the direction of her that I have decided I will create a costume for myself based off this design (that is if my mind doesn’t drift to something else as it often does) Hoping to have it ready for my September/October Ren fair that I go to every year.
Anyway I still have a bit of work to do on her but hope to have ready for sale soon. You can follow my work and progress (which I love to share) on my art page.
I am a bit late on updating but my newest doll is for sale in my Etsy shop. My original inspiration for her was a carousel but the more I worked on her the more she began to feel more like a cake or something sweet. She is my first doll of 2016. 🙂
She is one of my stuffed dolls so her body is fabric and her face, and arms are sculpted. She is lightly posable. She is approximately 26″ long. Everything is hand made from scratch and no molds ever used in my works so each one is truly unique.