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.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Another Redhead

I have always had something for redheads. LOVE em.

This doll's hair is made of dyed fabric that has been cut into 20" to 24" strips that are 1-3/4" wide. The strips are sewed into tubes and turned. I then sew a thread through to make the accordion folds. I really like this look. It makes a full head of hair with a little less fabric.I have got lots of work to do on the blow up pool, paper mache is a little lumpy, so I have to work at smoothing to get a finished look.

So far this doll is full of challenges. I am not that great at painting eyes and I am not sure if she will keep the blue eyes or I will change them to green. I am totally happy with the overall look. The blow up pool and sea monster floatie still makes me laugh.

7 comments:

pixiesinthehouse said...

Challenges...Yes, but what wonderful work you are doing! Quite amazing!!!

Sue said...

You are rising to the challenges of this piece perfectly! She is looking fabulous and I LOVE her red hair! (I too have a thing for red hair)

ruthie said...

Oh i love this, i have a fascination with redheads too & am painting one for my latest piece of work. your dolls are gorgeous, really different

julie mitchell said...

I always loved red headed men...a weakness for sure...I reread your profile and your desire to make the viewer smile...You always succeed!
hug, hug

Moonfairys Dreamland said...

Wonderful redhead, I love the sea monster too :)

FairiesNest said...

More of your marvelous hair! I love her!

Ferragamo Studio said...

gorgeous! I love the process you chronicled, too. It's so much fun to see how other people do things!