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. 🙂
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
A-kon 26 is over and while I am feeling a little bummed that I work so hard on my costumes only to wear them for a short weekend, I try to remember to keep optimistic about my upcoming events. Mechacon, although not as big or exciting as A-kon, is only a month away. I am working on a new costume (Sandstorm Katarina from LOL) and I also plan to rewear my Rydia again so I am happy about that. I believe so far this was my favorite costume that I have made and worn. It was such an exciting experience to finally create it and bring Rydia to life.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to take as many pictures as I wanted but plan to do a better, more fitting photoshoot soon. I always find it hard to get the best images when the conventions are so packed (always people in the way or most of the interesting spots are taken). I absolutely loved Rydia on the stairs at the Hilton Anatole however every time we would get to snap a picture, a million people would start walking and we would have to move but I am at least happy we got one shot. Anyway, definitely a more interesting, magical photoshoot coming soon.
If interested I do have a Facebook page I have made dedicated to my costumes and WIP. You can find me here.
Less than 2 weeks left until A-kon and for once in my life I am almost done my costumes on time.
My main costume is Rydia from Final Fantasy iv. I have been wanting to do my own interpretation of her character for so many years now but never got around to it. After shopping at the $2 goodwill I happen to come across a beautiful green prom dress that I thought would be perfect to cut up and use for her corset and arm pieces. This gave me the motivation to finally bring Rydia to life. All the stars are handmade from scratch using tiny gold beads, hand cut fabric stars and gold trim. I also used star sequins and jewels that I painted gold. All the beads are hand stitched and painted from brown to gold. I still need to add gold trim to the leg pieces and a few other minor things and I will be finished Also the shoes are not quite the shoes I imagined for her but since it is summer I am having issues finding some good smaller boots that are the shape I like. I had these boots on hand so I will use as last resort in case I can’t find anything else. I have rub n buffed them from brown to gold and still need to add another layer to even them out.
I wanted to continue on with my Alice in wonderland themed dolls and had a vision for my version of the caterpillar. In the end, the doll took a slightly different turn than my original sketch/idea however sometimes I just start with a basic idea and let them guide me where they want to go. I can still, however see the caterpillar influence. I am very happy with how she turned out.
She is sculpted using cernit clay. Her hair is alpaca hair that was hand dyed green. This was not done by me but by the owner of the small farm that I purchased from. She is painted in acrylics, and sealed with a varnish for color protection.
For more of my art dolls please visit my art page. I post daily updates, and works in progress. I hope to continue with my Alice in wonderland theme. I have some visions for a mad hatter, white rabbit and maybe even a tweedle dee/tweedle dum. You can also view my alice, cheshire cat and queen of hearts there as well.
My costume for Texas Renaissance Festival 1001 Dreams weekend. Everything was made by me and is my original design/concept.
For more of my costumes/dolls/artwork please visit my art page. You can also find my work here.
I have been so busy working on costumes as well as pieces for some local events, that I have been neglecting my doll making. I felt like I was starting to have withdrawals so I had to start creating a new life. I am getting back to the point where I am a bit bored of these dolls with stuffed bodies, and am ready to go back to making some full clay dolls (both in polymer and air dry) so that will be my next few projects. As for now, this is the doll I am working on. When I started this one I had the intention of creating a doll inspired by the moon, however as hard as I tried she just wasn’t wanting to go that direction, so perhaps that will be a future doll. I was a but unsure about her at first (as I often am with most of my work) but after playing around with colors, I am very pleased with how she is turning out. She now just needs one more hand sculpted, and she will be almost done and ready for a new home. In the meantime here are some WIP pics.