My new art doll Nancy. A work in progress that I’m enjoying very much. Hopefully she will be in my shop later on today.
For the last week I have struggled with my work. Ive had the need to be incredibly creative but somehow I think Ive tried too hard as what I want to do just isn’t materialising. This may or may not make sense to you. My brain has been fizzy, this is the only way I can describe it. I feel the need to change but after doing art dolls for three years now I’m a bit set in my ways.
Break through yesterday with a new doll (i just can’t break away from them!). Made with air drying clay which I love for its non shrinkage and smooth appearance. Photos show the current state of play.
I started the fabric dolls (see previous post) thinking this was the way to go through the winter time when outside work like sanding is differcult but I can’t keep away from the paper clay process for too long. Meet Alice my latest doll who has taken ages it seems to make. What with the Christmas holidays and health issues I haven’t had many free days in a row to get stuck in! She measures 41cm from head to toe and has jointed arms at the shoulder and jointed legs at thigh and knee so she can sit prettily on a shelf somewhere nice. Simple skirt with appliquéd details, simple black painted top, kitten bow and pink striped tights. It was nice to use my new fabric labels for the first time which I sewed to the back of her skirt. She’s up for sale in my store now after my usual umming and arring over how much I should price her. Its a fair price for the hours spent on her, which i hope everyone appreciates – £150 +postage.
As Winter draws in the construction of papier mache dolls becomes harder. The sanding and shaping of the clay is a messy old job which I normally do outside in warmer months. Wet clay and dust go everywhere! So for a change I have had a go at some cushioned ladies. I have four huge boxes full of fabric scraps in my workshop that I have collected over the years with the, “I’ll use that for something one day”thought in my mind. Well now is the time.
They are for sale in my shop from noon today!
One of my current projects is three little Christmassy angels. This is the progress so far! A lot of interest in them so hopefully they will be fluttering off to new homes soon!
So after finishing my little lovely Eves I felt the urge to go BIG! There’s something about working on an almost life size project, I love it! I don’t expect to sell her as she’s not exactly a mantle piece ornament but secretly I’m quite pleased! She may live on my stairs!
A delayed post, but I suspect anyone who reads this has already been aware of the Eve’s progress via Instagram or Facebook. My ten little friends we’re completed with ten little dresses and ten little cardies, bags and accessories. I suppose it took three to four weeks to make them, a strange process making them as I have never made a bulk of dolls before. Also as they had to be based on @prettygreenbullet and @stories_of_eves ‘s Eve they had to look relatively similar. They didn’t look similar as it turned out. Yes they had the same hairdo and white dress etc but still they turned out all individual but distinctly ‘Eve’ I really liked this outcome.
My good friend Ghadah @prettygreenbullet came over (all the way from her hometown Kuwait) to meet and play with the ten Eves before taking them back to Kuwait for adoption at Dar-Nur.
Here are photos of the 12 of us with a guest appearance from Eno cat 🙂
Its a funny thing when it comes to dolls faces. Like humans each doll will always look different. I make them all exactly the same and my illustration style is the same when drawing on the face but they never look identical, I like this.
My current batch of 11 Eve FolkyFlo dolls are in full speed ahead mode. I have to admit that making 11 all at the same time is a bit overwhelming. I normally make one doll at a time which is lavished with time and attention. With the 11 some I noticed had more care than others spent on them. A few have had to be re moulded because of this. I feel I broke through yesterday with getting them all to a FolkyFlo standard! Now that 9 out of the 11 have faces I can bond with each one individually, this makes a big difference! One special Eve is for Ghadah @prettygreenbullet, a smaller doll for her than before. She is lovely and my favourite so far.
A month or so ago I was contacted by artist Ghadah Alkandari, an amazing artist from Kuwait. I have followed her via @prettygreenbullet on Instagram for many years and admire her work immensely. She also has another sister account on Insta @stories_of_eves which follows the life of Eve and her adventures. Ghadah asked me if I would create an Eve doll. An Eve doll in a folky flo way. Well all I can say it was an honour to do so.
She became a much bigger doll than expected but I felt she needed to be big and confident, as all Eves need to be in this world. The best bit about this project though was getting to meet Ghadah in person. She happened to be in London for a week so she made the long journey up the Piccadilly Line to meet Eve and I. We got on so well and i’m so proud to call her a good friend now.