Sunday, September 18, 2011

Practising faces (2)

After my little tribal girl I wanted to practise emotions and an older face.

 Another little buste (this head is a little larger then my tribal girl, would probably make an 18" doll).

And she is so sad!

Practising faces (1)

O.k. I figured my faces needed a little more practise (and I fancied a small project that I could finish in a weekend!). I've been watching dvd's by Philippe Faraut and was so impressed that I got his books.
He's a serious clay sculptor, but when it comes down to it the technique's are not all that different from sculpting in wool. So my first practise piece a buste of a little tribal girl.

Now, the pictures aren't great. Need to figure out how to photograph the darker skin. But it's been a long time since I made a doll with teeth and ears, lol.

Monday, August 22, 2011

My entry for the Treasures of the gypsy challenge 2011

Well...I swore I would never do this again....I would never post another doll to a challenge.
Customs doesn't like my dolls or maybe they like them too much, because sometimes they refuse to give dolls back. But once in Pamela's shop surrounded by all those scrumptious fabrics and after hearing this years theme I was sold. The theme is renaissance which made me immediately think of this picture.
The birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

So I went to work and as always my dolls are made from textiles.
My birth of Venus arives from the sea on her shell. An angel comes to her rescue to cover her with a robe. Here are some quick snaps.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Creations in Fiber 2011

What can I say about Creations in Fibers?
That it's the most fabulous doll conference, with the most fantastic organizers, the best teachers and the most wonderful attendees? I still wouldn't do it justice.

The 2011 conference surpassed itself again, the dolls where fabulous!
The theme was "the enchanted forest", people who know me will know by now that I am not very good with themes, especially the enchanted ones. But as soon as I heard this years theme I knew what I was going to make.
I collect pictures that I find interesting and of things that I might use one day, this ranges from artwork, to nature, to old wrinkly hands and feet. In my collection are pictures of a series of paintings by Monet of a weeping willow. So a weeping willow it was.....

I will take some better pictures soon.....

Too my great surprise she won "Judges Choice"
and "Best in Show". I really didn't expect this. De standard of the dolls was so high and my willow wasn't even finished yet when we arrived in Albuquerque.

 Another doll I had with me was my little Indian doll
He previously travelled with the Hoffman challenge and was a table doll at the final banquet.
He got sold in the auction (with all proceeds going to CIFI).

As always we finished the conference with a trip to Pamela Armas fabulous home and shop. It's the most wondrous place and an Alladins cave for anyone who loves fabrics and trims.
There I couldn't stop myself and bought a Gypsy challenge pack (amongst a whole bag of other things) and believe it or not again I knew exactly what to make.
So my hands are itching to start making new dolls.
This time I will keep you posted, promise!

For anyone who would like to see more CIFI pictures, go to:
Tony has uploaded a gazillion pictures.