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.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Relief in Progress

I've been making these new 'Relief Dolls' for a few months now. Paper mache is a very messy but wonderful medium to use. I get to reuse newsprint and telephone books, so I suppose that makes these pieces partly green. I begin with a clay model. The clay I use is 'Sculpey'. I never bake it, so I can keep using the same clay over and over. Once finished, a plaster mold is made.
My molds have been coming out beautifully. I then use vaseline as my release, although I would love to hear any other suggestions as to what I could switch to. Vaseline tends to leave a stain, but so far I like the imperfection of the stains.The mold is filled with the paper mache pulp. I usually apply three layers, allowing each layer to dry. After about 4 to 5 days I can pull the piece.The piece is rough and imperfect and I have to fill in some holes and do lots of sanding, but again, this is what I love and I am finding virtue in the flaw.Once sanded, I accentuate the features with a black water color pencil. I know this is totally different from the cloth Art Dolls I make, but my style is still present and lives on. I hope you all are liking these. They are allowing me far more ways to express my own deep emotional state.

2 comments:

littlebitwired said...

Love it Nat! It only takes two days to dry? Is there much shrinkage? Do you add these paper faces to your dolls?

erica garza-perez . . . said...

...love this one! love the big eyes, the eyelashes! very dramatic...nice!

glad to connect here! all the best!