In November last year I posted that I had become interested in doll making.
Whilst I haven’t written about it since but I have been slowly progressing with my skills.
I got two craft orientated presents from my better half this last Christmas a: doll pattern by Cindee Moyer and an online course with art doll maker Deb Wood through A for Artistic (no affiliations). Deb's course was polymer clay face making over four weeks I haven’t quite made the soft female faces that Deb makes but my faces have improved leaps and bounds.
Meet Arnold - not quite the beautiful smiley girl I set out to create. But he is alive with humour and is patiently waiting for a body.
The next face I made was more like an old crone. But Deb kindly said she reminded her of one of her fairy godmothers. I have made a few more and there are more faces in the pipeline..
Cindee's pattern was called "the Gatherer" and involved simple needle sculpting and a a lot of mixed media :-).
In the past I have resisted courses because I didn’t want to duplicate other peoples’ work or replicate their projects. Silly me! Very rarely is anything ever exactly the same. And now I realise that have missed opportunities to learn. But most importantly I have missed making friendships and connections in the creative community.
And of course like everything in life, if you want to get better one must practice, practice, practice. Which is fun, fun, fun when it comes to creating.
I have heaps of idea to work on - recorded in my visual diary The trick is to remember to look through it occasionally :-).
So where am I going next in this doll making adventure ? I will keep at the faces and bring embroidery back into the bodies or the costumes that I put on them. I have ideas tucked away in my visual diary for garden girl variations and will remember to look at them.
And I am finalising pieces for a group exhibition with Six Running Feet. We are five textile artists who have each worked on pieces which reflect what "off the beaten track" means to us. We have a date next year and I will tell more next week.