Ficelle which means string in French, is a new kind of soft doll for me, made of wire and wrapped around fabric and threads. The advantage of this technique is you can give any posture to your doll and have a story with it.
The dog called spot is just made of white fabric with black dots done with a black marker. These two seem to be getting along very well, don’t you think?
This doll called Asia was done with a piece of material which made me think of a Japenese girl with her beautiful Kimono and dark hair. I started to create her with a new approach as I decided to have her standing straight. To achieve this I had to use a new technique which meant having some weight in the lower body to make her base stable plus I added some galvanized wire inside her body.. He hair is made of wool and I found a small silk flower just for the accent.
I present you Clementine the new addition to my doll collection. I tried the ball joint method which is new to me.These balls allow freedom of movement and are made of wood.I used a beautiful scarf gifted to me by a very good friend and the little top was done with a piece of carpet fabric matching the colours of the skirt. I recycled one of my old necklaces and used the beads for the collar.The sandals are made with the same fabric as the top plus some tapestry wool to wrap around the sole as the “espadrille” type of shoes. The flowers come from a silk flower bouquet. Clementine came through as a name matching the vibrant orange colour scheme.
My latest doll is enjoying the Winter sunshine and is joining the poppies appearing everywhere at the moment!
I enjoyed using beautiful golden buttons given to me for the joints. I used blue shiny beads for the corset and the bow in her hair.!Just playing and having fun in the middle of confinement for our region….
These 2 are done with the same pattern but with different outfits and type of wings.
Added to my growing collection of cloth dolls…there is so much to do and experiment with different fabric and techniques. In the meantime some of them are going to fly off to family members and friends!
Berenice means “bearer of victory” from the Ancient Greek. I challenged myself to make this doll from the intermediate level section in the art doll book (Patti Medaris Culea)where I find patterns to try…
Very pleased with the result I found the name Berenice very much appropriate!
As I am still learning how to make cloth dolls. I decided to do a smaller one (around 25cm..). I realised it is as much work as the 43cm ones ..This one looks like a flower hence her name Flora. I decided to give her a name at the end of completion. I found it comes naturally by just looking at her. I used material that I had in my cupboards except for the one for the skin which I had to buy .
My first attempt in making an art doll…so pleased with the result! This one is called Presence …Made with bits of recycled material and rubans…I was given as a Xmas present the book from Jan Horrox on how to make cloth dolls…Well written and great explanations…plus help from wonderful and generous artists sharing their skills on You tube…This is a break from my mixed media paintings but still a very creative and rewarding activity !