Working rhythms


1.a strong, regular repeated pattern of movement or sound.
“Ruth listened to the rhythm of his breathing”
synonyms: pattern, flow, tempo, regular features, recurrent nature
“part of the normal rhythm of daily life”
2.the measured flow of words and phrases in verse or prose as determined by the relation of long and short or stressed and unstressed syllables.
“the rhythm, pattern, and cadence of words”
synonyms: metre, measure, pattern, stress, accent, pulse, time, flow, cadence
“poetic features such as rhythm, rhyme, and alliteration”

How true the old saying of, ‘practice makes perfect’. When I first started making paper clay dolls way back in 2015 it seemed such a long making process.  I could literately spend weeks on one doll.  Nowadays I have developed a rhythm (see above the description – “part of the normal rhythm of life”,  I like that!). The basics of a doll – wire frame, tin foil bulk then paper clay moulded on can take me less than a day.  Since discovering I can oven dry the clay instead of air drying has made my life even easier, especially as it tends to make the end result a more smoother finish saving me horrible sanding sessions.  This has made me love making them even more as Im always eager to start on the next one as soon as the last has left.  If someone had told me at Art College 35 years ago that I would end up doing this I would have laughed!

My ambition is to make more dolls but maybe with a different form. I am keen to do some dolls without using fabric for skirts just using the paper clay to mould the shape and then hand decorate.  My current one is underway and she will hopefully be full of hand drawn detail on the hat and torso.  Here are a few pics of her so far.

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