On January 1st of every year, for the last 5 years, I take an online visual journaling class. It kicks off my year with something new and focus my attention because I’m usually forced to try new materials. I don’t offer these for sale because they’re about me learning something new. AND, I harvest other’s images, knowing that I won’t sell these. Here are some of the books in my collection:
I decided, in 2013, to try my hand at teeny soft dolls. Here is the collection:
When I start a paper clay bust, I let the process move organically. My only intention before I started these 3 was “eccentric”. They all have pine cone caps as head dresses and now I’m addicted to pine cone caps. Seriously addicted. They are textural, quirky, organic and whimsical.
These 3 happened at the same time. I shifted back and forth between them as they were drying and taking form. I love their eccentricities, out there in the open for all to see.
A friend gave me a mink remnant that she found in a bag of goodies and I immediately thought of a socialite from the 1950’s. I have a book of photographs entitled “Reflections of a Man, The Photographs of Stanley Marcus” (of Neiman Marcus fame). I have a life long fascination with fashion and a darling friend gave me this book as inspiration and eye candy. Ms. Bitsy would fit directly into the pages of the book.
This started with a gift of an old croquette set. The balls are ideal for heads, so I challenged myself to make a face and go from there. I have been collecting acorn caps on my walk and one of them seemed perfectly suited for this sculpture.
The arms are fabric from an old pair of pjs, and I painted them to highlight their stripes in keeping with the “old croquette set” feel.
I found an old box with scribbling inside. I immediately thought of a little kid and the treasures that must have been kept inside. So, I decided to channel one of my favorite artists, Cecile Perra, and make a kid-like family portrait.
The metal tags are vintage French plant markers on which I painted little characters. I made the soft doll out of simple cotton fabric and paint, adding pencil lines for the face.
Although this is not entirely like other work that I’ve done, my fascination with dolls had to come out in this piece.
Recycled vintage tin, porcelain doll, recycled fur, wire, vintage button.
3.5″ tall, 2.25″ wide
Vintage tin, porcelain doll, childs block, fabric, buttons. 7.25″ tall, 5.25″ wide, 3″ deep
Vintage metal mesh handbag, handmade dolls of fabric, recycled fur, collage elements, acrylic paint
Vintage ruler, toy bowling pins, scrabble tiles, buddha head, porcelain doll arms, wire, nails. 12″ long, 3″wide, 4″tall
Paper Clay, Acrylic Paint, Recycled Fabric. 5.5″ tall, 4″ wide