I have been working hard on my craft since 2004, and I think I have a skill level that shows in my work. I am the do over queen and there are many heads without bodies to suggest that these mistakes drive me to the perfect end. The finished doll always seems to lead to the next doll, one is born out of another. This is why I love making dolls. It is the air I breathe and pretty much defines me. I am a doll maker.

This may sound strange but these bodiless heads and headless bodies speak to me. I have control over the parts and pieces individually, but the position involved in the connection is revealed at the moment the pieces touch one another for the first time. The head moves me to sew it in a certain pose, same with the hands and arms. The whole doll forms itself to be expressive according to its idea of itself.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Her Weave is In

This is Goldie's hairstyle. Lots and lots of sewing. If you look at the group of photos below, you will see some of what has to happen. Once all the pieces are sewn on the head, I put the steam iron to the hair and I pull the curl out and just start making a hair style. Then I do a little trimming and here is Goldie's head. The body has been waiting for her, so I guess I should introduce them...................


Jenny said...

I am fascinated by your process. Really neat!

AngelaMichelle said...

Wow - these are wonderful! Love your style; haven't seen dolls like this before!

Amy Short said...

She is just brilliant!! I love seeing the work in progress photos too. So much fun to see other artists in process.

I'll be back to visit often!

PS. I'm throwing you on my blogroll.

Amy Short said...

Hey Nat,

One more thing. You should check out coppermouse dolls (http://thecoppermouse.blogspot.com/) I think that you might dig her stuff.

See you soon!

Kimberly said...

She is cute! I'm wondering if you can do a weave for me??? (lol)