Here’s what I’ve been doing this spring.
My best friend, Sariah’s birthday is at the end of March, and I forget it EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. So this year I started thinking about what to get her at Christmas. I found this fabulous little merboy pendant from Green Girl Studios. Sariah loves mermaids and babies and I [...]
Painted fabric and found objects combine to make wacky, imaginative, slightly primitive sculptures from husband-and-wife team Jo James and Dylan Curry at The Cart Before the Horse.
I love the raven with forks for legs. How awesome is that?
Today’s artist appears to be Spanish in origin, but her simple, graceful, minimalistic figures make me think of some northern European tradition. They remind me of the simplicity of corn husk dolls, though these are made of fabric and have a tendency toward international subject matter.
Visit her on Flickr or her web site.
I recently discussed the art of writing stories to go wih one’s dolls with Kamila Mlynarczyk. Recently, Mimi Kirchner expressed the opposite opinion: she prefers not to write stories. She writes:
“I want to make characters that will inspire peoples imaginations- viewers will come up with their own stories. The dolls will be a catalyst [...]
Hoffman quilting fabrics has an annual contest that includes a category for cloth dolls. The challenge is to use their selected fabric and theme to best advantage, which can be especially challenging since they choose the fabric with quilters in mind, not dollmakers. This year’s fabric had a peacock feather motif that, although a gorgeous [...]
Here’s what my life is like these days: I’m looking at pictures of Asian ball-jointed dolls on Flickr, and I find this artist who’s making cute little costumes for her tiny bjds. Then I look at her other gallery and start thinking “this looks familiar…” So I look up her profile, and guess what? [...]
Apparently I’m doing a series on paperclay-over-cloth dolls. Really, it wasn’t intentional. I’ve been meaning to blog about Melisa Matkin, the artistic power behind Coppermouse Dolls, for a while, and it just happened that she has some work-in-progress photos on her blog that detail her sculpting process.
But first, let’s talk about her dolls. [...]
Something about ODACA artist Deanna Hogan’s work reminds me of the nostalgic South. She lives in the northwest, so maybe it’s just the power of suggestion, since she has made several dolls based on the antique Alabama Baby, but to me her chubby play dolls and nostalgic adult figures are reminiscent of folk music and [...]
In honor of Pirates of the Carribbean III (and in an unrepentant attempt to capture search engine traffic), I’ve decided to show you some pirate dolls today.
This first one is an homage to Johnny Depp as the inimitable Cap’n Jack Sparrow, by Wendy Rinehart. Like all her work, Cap’n Jack is amusing, well-posed and well-costumed. [...]
Argh, I meant to do this yesterday, but I was crazy busy all day. Here’s today’s artist.
There are two ways to approach cloth doll construction. One is to shape the doll as much as possible by the arrangement of seams in the flat pattern, while the other is to use a basic pattern and do [...]