SFM Cloth Dolls with Attitude! NZ

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Problem solving details.

 Here are a few more details of how I resolved some things. I did a lot of research while doing this piece of work.  I want it to look like any soldier, not a specific nationality.  Also with the nurse.  I took my inspiration from a pamphlet I found on the net. 

For his head, I didn't want to create ears, so made some wadding and wound the gauze around it, with the fur fabric hair scrap (I only had a little bit of this) tufting out of it.

The nurses uniform needed to be made from lightweight fabrics which polyester worked quite well.  Her cape was a problem and I spent ages making one from cotton, but it was stiff and just stuck out.  then luckily, I spied a scrap of red lycra poking out form under something!  Just the thing as it falls so naturally.  So not everything can be cotton as I prefer.

 I made a last to make the boots, which are constructed from black calico with buckram underneath, and leather soles. Painted with matt ModPodge to harden, then touched up with watercolour paint and mud!

The nurses shoes, I didn't want to go to too much bother with as they will hardly be seen, so I used a stretch fabric over her foot shape and a cardboard sole, slightly longer than her foot so it would give a good shape. 
The parcel has a printed out label glued on it for some sort of authenticity, and crinkled brown paper wrapping, tied with linen thread, which was also used as laces on the boots.

With doll making it's about what it looks like, rather than what it actually is! The important thing that people look at is the general posture to convey the story without words and the faces.

Thank you all for looking and I welcome opinions and critiques as this will go on display for ANZAC week and I want to convey the right message!

Un-named Soldier WW1 Commemoration Figures.

Finished! These are initial photo's of my unnamed soldier, being offered a care parcel from an attentive nurse. 

With this work, I am thinking about what was important to the men and women in wartime, away from home and loved ones, injured, not knowing their fate, living with ever present danger, then receiving word that somewhere , someone was thinking about them. 

I was thinking about the contribution made by people in active service, about disillusionment, fear and exhaustion, but pockets where compassion is present in the form of a small parcel from an unknown person to prisoners and captives, whomever they were.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The unknown soldier.

Here the soldier has his jacket finally made, hair and bandages applied to his head.

Two of his fingers blew out of the cloth, so they got wrapped too!  I used tissue paper for his letter and glued it to his bandaged hand.

This is not his final position, but what do you tinl of the sandbags he's sitting on?  I was quite pleased with those!  They will be messy on the day the display goes up, but that will add to the display.  War is messy.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Commemorating 100 years since WW1, NZ April 2014

 I am designing a wounded WW1 Soldier and Nurse to display in an exhibition at The Oamaru Textile Emporium (TOTE) where I sell my dolls.

The Exhibition is to commemorate the 100 years since WW1 this year, so I am showing my progress as I make these dolls as a reminder to us all of the futility of war, but of the sacrifices that were made.  My father was in the 26th Battallion and I am thinking of him and his friends as I do this.
I want to make him look exhausted and battle weary.
I think he must be already as he got tired waiting for me to make his boots!  LOL!

Now he's had his boots and helmet painted so he can really rest with his feet up!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

New Pattern just released!

HI everyone!  I have just finished making a new pattern - a Doorstop Doll called "Hello Dolly!"  this doll is  approximately 18” (46 cm) tall.  She is a functional, needle-sculpted doll and  is made from a plastic milk container with other recycled materials also used in her construction.  

I decided to make a pattern of this doll because I was getting a few requests to make them from people, so when I have to make more than one- (because I hate doing it twice!) I make a pattern!

Her dress has an overskirt that is easily raised at the back to reach under and grasp the handle of the milk bottle she stands on!

 This sassy doll has a great side view and is most welcoming to all people arriving at your door!
 Like her name sake, she has style!  Learn how to make tiny bows for embellishing - if you don't already know!  Make her into a Showgirl, a Goth, A saloon girl, A lady!  You are limited only by your imagination!
 And a feather fan to hold!
Her head looks up so you don't just see the top of her hat! 

 You can have fun with this one!  You will find it on Fabric Addictions website and in my Etsy Shop!