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 4, 2010

For Real Fridays

'For Real Fridays' is a new way for me to show all of you who I am. Some Fridays could be pretty, some could be ugly . . . Today it is all about messy.

I live in an apartment above the garage. Just myself and my dog Moo. I suppose the whole place is my studio, but I keep the messes in 4 distinct places . . . Sometimes there is a trail that runs between.

This little space is for working in clay, paper mache and some painting. I have a complete understanding of how to work in this mess. Mostly what I don't use is on the floor. But everything on the table, I need . . . until I push it off the table . . .

The trail leads to my dyes and fabric stiffener. It is not a big space, but they all get along here . . . The floors suffer the most in my world. Between the dyes and my dog's toe nails, they will have to be redone, therefore I figure I can't make it any worse. I am sure my 'landlord' will one day say something . . . but my dad has a hard time walking up stairs, so I'm not stressing about it . . . am I a bad daughter? If I had to be careful and clean, my art would suffer . . .

One large step away is the drying table, along with my ever increasing collection of plaster moulds . . . I'm gonna build a wall one day out of all the moulds.

I live in the trees, amongst the squirrels and birds. Sometimes the sunrise can be blinding since the windows face East, but
most of the day I have great natural lighting and a killer view.

This is the largest of the studio spaces and actually it is not so messy. I think it is because the mess is spread out more, so it looks organized. It was a screened porch that we finished into a room. I do all the sewing of the dolls in this room. It is where everything comes together and yes the floor is a mess in here too . . . I may be trying to be open and honest with this post, but I am too embarrassed to show the floors.

The mess does not consume the house. For the most part I am very neat . . . Now Moo is another story. He leaves a trail of fur to follow.

Can you guess what my favorite color is?

Am I the only person who lives with orange walls?


Jo Wholohan said...

hi nat, thanks so much for stopping by my blog, so nice to make another art connection..... ive just been reading about your art dolls, so very interesting and unique, so much work goes into those im sure, look forward to shareing some more throughout the course xx

laineymiller said...

Thanks for that, I'm a very curious little soul, so I LOVE seeing where others create ;) It looks a fab space x

Sonia ;) said...

Nat I love your place...looks like heaven. I love orange walls..This was the coolest post ever of yours because it was a small piece into your life and world. Becomes more real.


Stephanie said...

Thank you for sharing your home/studio with us. I love seeing all your creations up on the wall on shelves. The wall in your organized area is a nice color and lovely dog too. Thanks for popping in to my blog.

Jen said...

With all the fabulous studio magazines out there I think it's nice that we're showing the world a little bit of the mess that goes with the process. :) Looks like you have lots of fun here and love the orange walls!

musingsfrommesa said...

Hi Nat,
God has blessed the work of your hands! Your dolls are amazing. I tend to see a "Tim Burtonesk" influence in some of them. The transparency of your blog postings are refreshing and endearing. Orange is my favorite color! If I wasn't married to a "beige" husband, my walls would be orange too!

Anonymous said...

Hey there Nat, thanks for your comment over on my blog...I had to stop by yours real quick, and I'm glad I did! SO nice to see a workspace that resembles my own!