Cheery, are all of your dolls more or less the same size, or do you vary between a couple of basic sizes?
It varies because I often change the pattern...for example I have a Male slender body (Oberon) and a butch Male body with with shoulders and bigger arms, legs etc used for the Knight ... I made a smaller pattern for my first little grey haired dolly and I hade a very small pattern for the miniature dolly (about 8" tall). For the Egyptian Queen doll I've put darts in the female body pattern to give her a slender waist and curvy hips and...ahem...chest. Her chesticles will be sewn on too never given a doll boobage before. ..altho they'll be hidden mostly by her big decorated collar....
Love the way you show it in this picture, so we can see the details and get an idea of the size in relation to the books. This is brilliant. I love all the colors and textures & the teddy is too adorable.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Sept 21, 2019 15:42:24 GMT
Last one for a while. I'm running out of space. Cleopatra...she quite challenging. The collar I tried making with beads, with teeny tiles made of flymo and out of chain...decided to use paints in the end, also made he arm cuff and circlet our of painted card. Note boobage...
Enjoyed seeing how Cleopatra evolved between the 2 images and from your original thoughts last month. Noted boobage - I imagine that was quite a challenge to get right. Claire is intriguing - tell us more please ??
Post by cheerypeabrain on Sept 22, 2019 20:13:29 GMT
Kerouac, your wish is my command...she will have more jewellery....and I think I'll redo the circlet...its a bit small. I'll post more pics when she's done. Claire has a necklace now but I think I'll make him more ..again Claire is inspired by the wonderful Grayson Perry.
Post by bixaorellana on Sept 25, 2019 17:59:29 GMT
Damn, Cheery! I thought those two dolls were wonderful before, but your tweaks have elevated them to awesome perfection.
Stands would be great, as they'd show the clothes off even better. What about wire stands, which are easier to hide? Or hey ~ plexiglass semi-surrounds artfully painted by you to create appropriate backdrops for the various dolls. Too much lily-gilding?
Post by cheerypeabrain on Sept 25, 2019 20:46:20 GMT
Good suggestions Bixa, we tried using strong wire, but they're just not stable enough. I want Jeff to make stands that are half chair, half supports. With strips for the dolls to perch on, a couple of pieces of wood that can be wedged under the doll's arms holding the figures in place. It will only work for Claire and Cleo. Titania and Oberon are wearing cloaks but if Jeff makes a double seat they should wedge in nicely.
The Leicester Open 30 exhibition wont accept exhibits that are fragile or unstable, I'll have to secure headdresses, bags etc so they can't fall off.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Sept 28, 2019 20:38:24 GMT
Last year they rejected my WW1 soldier, suffragette and nurse. This year I want to submit Oberon and Titania as one piece (on a love seat), Cleo and the latest Claire. We're allowed three submissions. Usually they choose one. I've had stuff accepted three times, an abstract painting, a watercolour of a cottage garden and one of my patterns in blue fine liner pen. I was gutted when all three dolls were rejected, especially as I got such good feedback from Dayle, the city gallery owner. It's just down to the taste of the judges...last year they accepted a lot of photography and abstract work. I suppose the dolls come under the 'quirky' heading and don't appeal to everybody.