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.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Dark Elegance

The skirt took 19 of these wavy pieces. The black boostier is a subtle elegant feature that really has an impact against the white skin.She has really made me feel wonderful as I have been working on her. This doll has been in me a long time.
She is attractive bald, but I am thinking wavy black hair.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Dark Elegance

Starting a new series of dolls based on the way someone described one of my dolls recently. 'Dark Elegance' were the words they used and it has always made me happy.The legs for this doll are made from river birch limbs. The gown needed a rigid frame, so I have mad a wire cage and shaped it so the gown will flow out to the side.
I dyed some 100% cotton gauze and stretched it over the frame. The fabric was then covered with fabric stiffener.I have made several pieces that I covered with the stiffener and scrunched up to make the ripple effect. With the steam iron I will be able to form these pieces into each other as they circle the body.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Head of Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn is a true historical figure. She married Henry VIII in 1533. Queen Anne gave birth to the future Queen of England, Elizabeth and just three years later Anne Boleyn was found guilty of adultery, treason and incest. Anne would lose her head in 1536. Anne Boleyn deserved much better.This Art Doll is on sale now at my Etsy store