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Sunday, August 16, 2015

A Medieval Family - St Dominic De Guzman

I was given a brief - to design and make St Dominic's family to celebrate 800 years if the Dominican Order of Preachers & Teachers. 

The only picture of the family I was given was a Mosaic!  Various other pictures of St Dominic are also other artists versions of how he looked, but there has been  a reconstruction of his face - reference here. https://thepracticingcatholic.wordpress.com/2008/08/09/portrait-of-st-dominic/

So I began to make some heads and was delighted to accidentally design a new head shape! 
I used the same head shape for all the figures

This is Dominic's mother Joanna of Aza.
Her husband Felix DeGuzman was a knight and they were an influential Spanish family in the 13th Century. "According to tradition, Jane had a dream before her son’s conception in which she saw a hound racing through the world igniting everything with a flaming torch. Troubled by this dream, she went to pray at the Benedictine abbey of San Domingo de Silos, located in a pleasant valley about twenty miles north of Caleruega. This dream was indeed prophetic. Dominic did ignite the world with sacred truth through preaching and teaching born from a life of dedicated prayer, love for the Word of God, and a burning desire to gain souls for Christ. It is widely believed that Dominic’s keen sensitivity to the sufferings of others, which he displayed from childhood on, was acquired from his mother, who, although from a noble family, was known for her compassion toward the poor and needy. From her Dominic also acquired the habit of prayer."

 Dominics two older brothers were also Priests.  Antonio was a Canon and Manes later became a Fominican Friar.
I have tried to portray them as close to an ordinary family as possible.

As usual, the robes took longer to make than the figures, which are stump dolls.

I have kept the bodies to a very simple style, as the focus is mostly on their individuality as a group of people.

Felix has raw wool needlefelted hair and drawn features.  he has a beaten Earring collar!

Friday, May 15, 2015

More Wonderland characters!

I finished my Mad Hatter Marionette and have got the strings working well now.  There is a video on my Facebook page SFM Cloth Dolls with Attitude, if you want to see it!

This is another attempt to capture the cuteness of the Cheshire Cat!  I am finding it hard to capture something that keeps disappearing! LOL! The hat works!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ANZAC Commemorations.

 My ANZAC tribute to all people who have been captured, fallen, wounded or sick, alone, despairing, 
 that they will find the offer of comfort, of human touch, aid, 
 a care parcel from someone in the world who cares and a letter from home!
 Lest we forget.

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!