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.

7 dresses

Seven dresses so far,  on average I can manage one dress a day.  On a good day two can be achieved but that means the house chores suffer.  I thought I would struggle with different styles but this hasn’t been a problem yet.  Ruffles, lace appliqué, little buttons are all easy additions to a plain white dress.  What I do struggle with is the goal of perfection.  I don’t feel happy unless the dress is finished well,  this is most probably why its taking me so long to finish!  Four more to go now so I’m hoping I will complete the Eves by the end of the week.



4 of the 11

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.

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PrettyGreenBullet’s Eve