Friday, April 20, 2012

Gone soft for dolls ♥

 This is kind of a long post with lots of pictures (I like pictures) and links about kind of smallish creatures...... ;)
I want to share this other soft spot of mine, my other desire, a possible challenge ? something I really want to give a serious go a little more at some stage. I started the odd project over the years and some of those are still waiting patiently (as if they have a choice ? - see pics of them below-) to be finished .... if I ever will, because by the time I make some time for them I have other ideas about them already. Now, with having the school holiday kids program in my Art studio for the last 2 weeks, I had been looking for something "simple" to do myself and I made up some super simple calico shapes and stuffed them and started painting little faces. The first two born the other day, I gave wings and they became little angels

(a little like my Matryoshka dolls I did a few years ago)
the last one is a free little spirit and I really dig her!
But seriously, I have been admiring very special dolls for quite a while now. I would love to make some of these really really GR8 and amazingly beautiful dolls. I am in love with the out-of-this-world-oh-so-super-gorgeousilistic dolls by Nefer Kane  
and the tender, fine faces by Paulette Goodreau
 but also the grungier folky-arty cloth dolls by some dollmakers like Gritty Jane, and the Steampunky ones by Paula Nerhus and there are so many more. 

Tim Burton - dollmaker extraordinaire
  Of course I understand that it takes time and practise and YEARS of improvement, just like painting and sketching and everything else for that matter.  So .... one day .... I guess when my days have 48 hours and my weeks have 21 days and I will be immortal hehe......but before all that, I WILL make some more "simple" dolls for sure

cloth doll wip 1
same doll wip 2
face start
face done ?
not happy with the nose, but ah well
want to finish her regardless
see where she ended up, stuck in a pot with legs up and all ?
this one is even an earlier one, kinda creepy actually....


Carmen said...

I so understand this post :) I've been drooling over art dolls for a while now and would love to get better at them. My poor zombie has been sat on the shelf looking at me accusingly for months.

Can't wait to see what else you do - love that Tim Burton pic.

Mother of twenty daughters said...

Wow, you've been really busy! Yes totally wonderful journey of your art and dolly love!

Cameron said...

I love all your dolls, Joyce! They all have their own merit, uniqueness and wonderful design!

I think you are off to an amazing start! I chuckled when I saw the pic of your doll parts sticking out of the pot....heehee...

If it were a plant, I guess it would be a Dollia (Dahlia), get it?
I know, I'm just a big dork :)

It's great to see your fingers dipped in so many pots!

WrightStuff said...

Ooh a woman of so many talents! I love the softness of the one you called 'free spirit'

Kim Corey said...

I love your dolls already, Joyce------especially the angels and the red-headed freckled dollie, and the free spirit that I saw on Cloth and Clay. I wish I had 48 hours in my day, too----There are so many wonderful artistic outlets to enjoy! I'm pretty sure I'm going to like looking at your blog here and the other work you do. I'll take a peek around : )
Kim @ Bonne Nuit Designs

Geri Centonze said...

I love your dolls, especially the angel ones and free spirit!