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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Alice In Wonderland Series for Exhibition March 2015

I have been busy since January, making this series of Alice In Wonderland dolls.  These ones are for an Exhibition to be held here in March, where others will be exhibiting textiles like weaving and wool art, but as this years celebrations are all about Wonderland, I thought to begin this way, and carry on throughout the year making characters, to see how it all looks by the end of the year!

  The hardest thing to make was the chequered path, as I am no quilter!  So this is a compromise.  It LOOKS like it's quilted, but it's just woven! 

 My idea with this lot is that we are all on this chequered path, with some weird characters, trying to discover who we are and to find our way in life. We have to run the gamut of criticism from nay-sayers, like the snooty flowers in the night garden, 

Sometimes we are all anxious and jumpy, like the rabbit. 
We meet bully boys, like the Tweedle Boys on the way.

And we often have to deal with autocratic Queens!

  I wanted to make the Cheshire cat, because he was the only friendly character Alice met in Wonderland and always left her with a smile!  I will get it done at some stage.  meanwhile, I'm redoing Alice a little bigger, because people don't notice her when she's so small!  That's like life too! LOL!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Quote from Pablo Picasso

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our soul! 
- Picasso

This is a subject under discussion amongst different groups I belong to lately and many things keep cropping up to remind us - what is soul. The land and how we steward it, music, writing, film, even dollmaking - we are drawn to this creative outlet in order to deal well with the things of life and in doing so we stay sane and clear our soul.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Caterpillar #2

Something distinctively ugly is emerging from my table.

At least he has some character.

He's pretty laid back and has his own personality!

The colours work ok.

Does he look like he's hooked on his hooka?

Friday, February 6, 2015

Anothr Marie Antoinette Bust - so to speak!

 More mixed media.  Trying out dying wool roving pink!  So easy with food colouring and utube!

Great fun doing the hair, which is probably a tad unembellished,

  but I let the dress speak instead! 

Moody Blue!


 All the way through this I am thinking, it's a waste of time - like doodling, but I couldn't leave it unfinished and mucked around with it all day!
The Hookah turned out ok, but it's the face.
Not happy with it!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Tweedle Dum & Tweedle Dee complete!

Here are my two little optimist & pessimist Needlesculpted dolls that I have just finished!

I am quite pleased with them!  Now - the Cheshire cat!  That will be a challenge I think.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tweedles coming together!

 I finished one of the little Tweedles today and set him the task of holding his brothe's neck while I threaded the needle!  He just happened to be the right height! They are already close!  I am enjoying making these and think I will make a few more, as I could have sold them several times today as I worked on them at TOTE!  The extra head I had has gone to a new home!  Someone loved it, so I gave it to her!

On to the next bit now, while they are still friends!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tweedle two and three!

Looking dapper chaps!
Carrying on - I constructed a body and limbs.  The original legs were too short, so lengthened them and put in a good strong armature, because it could be top heavy!  

I was not happy with the second head, so made a third!  You can never have enough heads!  This one is much better and both these faces have a childlike look, where the other didn't, so I have decided he can be Father William - and stand on his head!  LOL!  Why not!  Nothing's wasted!

Here's a view of the body.  Just need to finish his braces and make shoes.  These ones will have caps!  Why not indeed!  
Just reading something of these little characters, they are two brothers who agree to have a battle, but never have one.  They never contradict each other but are always arguing or playing. One is usually frowning and pessimistic and the other more hopeful and optimistic! Interesting little characters!