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.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Dark Eyes

I am trying to make a doll head with darker and more inset eyes. By placing a small button in the middle of my eye circle and pulling to the back with the thread, I was able to get a void. I hope this will help with the darkness I am trying to achieve in the eyes. We shall see.

I took the buttons off one of the heads, but the eye ended up losing some form, so I just covered the buttons on the other heads with paper clay.

This is their beginnings, as we all know in my dollmaking, the dolls decide everything themselves. I am just there to follow their instructions............................................

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sharing Art Dolls Only

I belong to ADO which is an ever growing group of very talented and wonderfully creative artisans who share in the love of making Art Dolls.
Here are three such artist:

Paula Connolly

"Blue Fairy"

Spirit Mama

"Sarah Lost Her Lover"

Thursday, March 26, 2009

On Sale at Etsy Shop

I have titled her "Ms. Black". She is now on sale at my Etsy Shop.

"Ms. Black" would be a great addition to anyone's art collection.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Close Your Eyes and See . . . . . . . .

They are all finished. My time was lacking with these three, but their patience brought me to a great ending with them. My dolls are definitely my passion, more important than anything. I surely could not suffer through many days without this creative outlet to come home to. I am blessed to be an artist.

So these girls seem pretty at ease. They are all dressed up with collar and ties. I like the way they project a sense of being strong women. Forget the body, it's the head that makes these women attractive . . . . . . . . .

These first two ladies have the twisted twine
wavy b
lue hair.

This final lady's hair is made of black twistie paper, which has been untwisted and then twisted back around a dowel. I then fold it in half and glue it to the head. I first wrapped her head with some of the paper to give a good background to glue to. I love this paper. It allows me to make the most outrageous hairstyles.

I am happy with what these three heads have become. One idea that had three different results. I think sometimes I have lived in a world that lied to me. It kept telling me there is only one right answer, and if your conclusions don't match up then you are unacceptable.

If I can tell you all one thing that I know is true, this is it "The world and all who speak for it, Lie to you."

Monday, March 23, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

They Changed Who They Are......................

So what has seemed like weeks has buzzed by me and my three doll heads. They had a totally different look in their beginning, but the passing time changed them and me.

I tried this and I tried that and well now I think I found their look. My first attempt at hair was with the twisted dyed fabric, but I was not happy with the look. They came out looking like men, which to me is never a good thing, no offense, but I like girl dolls.

My solution was to switch over to dyed tw
ine. After dipping the twine into fabric stiffener, I wrapped it around a dowel. (Always remember to cover the dowel with vaseline so the twine will release once it has dried.) The results are lots of wavy curls.

My twine had been bundled and tied together so I have a central spot to sew onto the head. Started from front to back and just fluffed the hair up as I went.

She's pretty, Huh? She will get a hair cut and style, and she will be a knockout and definitely not a dude.........................................

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ebay Listing

So I am giving Ebay another chance.
"Roses?" has just been listed.
The end date is Mar-24-09

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sharing Art Dolls Only

I belong to ADO which is an ever growing group of very talented and wonderfully creative artisans who share in the love of making Art Dolls.
Here are three such artist:

The Studio at Crow Haven Farm

"Gert, From England"

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Three Heads of Bad Hair

If you did not know this about me, I can make many wrong decisions before I make one decision that I love. So all the hours work on hair goes into the "don't do that again" pile. Ripping stitches out is not as much fun as putting them in. It is much quicker though.

I have designed this hat for the dolls to model along with the collars and ties. So I will work on the hats first and then the hair last.

The J.O.B. is making me hustle just to get a day off to spend with the dolls. So progress is slow, but the time I get to make dolls has become much more meaningful to me now.

Hope to have some pictures to show soon.

Check out the ADO blog. It has some great information. http://artdollsonly.blogspot.com/

Friday, March 6, 2009

Sharing Art Dolls Only

I belong to ADO which is an ever growing group of very talented and wonderfully creative artisans who share in the love of making Art Dolls.
Here are three such artist:

Fantasy Art Dolls by Laura Bartlett

Monday, March 2, 2009

All Tied Up

I made collars and ties for my doll heads. I think I might have three androgynous doll heads this time. We shall see. They have their black scalp caps and are ready for hair.

The hair will make all the difference in being able to tell Pat from Pat from Chris.