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Friday, April 17, 2015

The Mad Hatter Marionette!

Here he stands - all  34 inches of him!

 Costuming all finished!
 Details, like scissors, odd socks, hat pin, ribbons and reels!  Not a bad profile either, considering I didn't like his face at first and didn't know how it would go.
 The jacket took longer to make than the hat, believe it or not!  I broke all the sewing rules with this one and felt I had almost moved into abstract art!
Because he is so tall, he is also quite heavy, so it will be interesting to see how it goes when he is strung and working!

What do you think?

Published in Soft Doll Magazine!

 I recieved my complimentary copy of  SDA Magazine,today, with my Sole Mates pattern beautifully done , inside!   Very exciting! I was blown away by the heading! Thank you Soft Dolls & Animals Magazine!  

 You may recall my original doll? 

 This pic is a test doll, made by Jane Boyd, who said she enjoyed making it - even though she was under pressure to do other major things in her life at the time!  I appreciated her taking the time to do this for me and to do it so well!

Even Ma & Pa are happy about this!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Pink Flamingo Marionette

Along with my Alice Series, I decided to have a break and make something Pink and Fluffy!
I was supprised at how quickly this Pink Flamingo went together!

This little two year old has just learned how to say Flamingo!  She gives it cuddles and it's just her size!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Making Batgirl!


I found a leftover head and bust from my Marie Antoinette doll Busts, so though it would work ok for  a marionette.  Then I was commissioned to make Batgirl!  So I began.
All put together/

She looks like a BJD!  Well almost!

Ready to make the boots.  Measuring the card for pointy toe.

Stiletto's of course!

The foot is weighted with garnet grains.  Foot is glued on to the sole.

Fabric fitted to the shoe was not long enough, so a design feature on the toe!

Lashes put on after the mask is in place prevents wear and tear.  The mask is made from soft leather and stitched to shape the head.  Quite pleased with it.  

All ready for the strings now!

Very posable

Hmmmm! Next step now!

Strung up!

Ready to take on the world!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Big excitement! A new Website and the opening of our exhibition!

 About the work: Along a chequered path, meeting up with all kinds of unusual beings, and at every twist and turn, Alice’s flexibility is challenged as she faces change. She has to run the gamut of critical flowers, gets confused about which direction to go in, and ends up taking advice from a caterpillar beginning it’s own process of metamorphosis. Along the way, she meets bullyboys who like to argue over little things, but never contradict each other; she follows a neurotic rabbit and has to deal with queens! Nothing stays the same!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Marie Antoinette look-a-likes!

Meanwhile in the palace the competition for the best Marie Antoinette look-alike is hotting up!

This bevy of beauties are the result of a workshop we had in the last few weeks.  Some  have made more than one and they have been having the best time with with them!Each one is a little work of art and they are all thrilled with the way they have turned out and the skills they have learned!  I am rapt!

The ladies have decided they want to use them as a fund-raiser for breast cancer and soon they will be displayed in our local hairdressers shop!  One of the dolls was made by the owner!  Hope you like them!

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.