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.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

It Has Been a Long Winter

Late last October, once the melting heat of South Alabama finally gave in to Autumn, my girl Rosie and I set out on adventures. Rosie is a recluse and so am I for the most part, except for my visits to Hobby Lobby and thrift stores. Well Rosie talked me into being a brave action figure and we visited a few spots around the area. Gas was up to $4 so we did not go far off our dirt road.

This is BW the black and white cat. What else would his name be. He chose us, and he is very loyal and loves to fight. He is no longer a lover and can not make more black and white cats. He is not responsible.

This is the USS Battleship Alabama. It sits on the other side of Mobile Bay, stuck in the muck.

The skyline of Mobile, Al. New is not what old Mobile is about. Below these pillars, old downtown Mobile still stands. Mostly empty, but still something to enjoy.

Rosie and I intend to get back out now that the sky is blue and the interest in our pursuit of action is back.


Oops! Desperate Blogger~ said...

Cute post! can't wait to see the new adventures!

Sugar Donkey Dolls said...

What a great idea and a beautiful tour guide.

Sue said...

Wonderful adventure post! Looking forward to seeing more.

Giovanna said...

Hi! Great work!! I just wanted to say hi and let you know that I have bestowed upon you the Sisterhood Award for great attitude and gratitude. Check it out! It's on my blog:

There you'll find the steps too.
Have a great weekend!

BLS said...

I love seeing Rosie's adventures.

Jenn Friedman said...

Your dolls are beautiful. They remind me of "Coraline" - have you seen / read it?

I made a video with dolls if you'd like to see it, with my song:


I'd love to know what you thought. its totally amateur, but these are dolls that my grandmother gave me when I was a child, and this is the first time I ever used them in any kind of creative endeavor.

Great work, Nat. Keep it up. :)

Sonia ;) said...

Nat.......I left you a presnt at my site..because I love your words of wisdom, insight and artwork...Love the pictures!!!


Sonia ;)

sjdesigns said...

I love your work. You are a very talented doll maker! I will be following you and your progress in your doll making.