Saturday, January 19, 2008

It's A New Year

Well, it's a new year and I have wound down from the holidays. I hope I don't wind down too much. I don't want to get hit with the winter blues and not be able to work on my dolls!. So far I've been able to keep up my energy and move along as usual (knock on wood).

I've been working on a couple of projects for past few weeks. One I'm especially proud of is the one I've completed last week. I started making it for a friend as a Christmas gift but didn't get to finish in time. I'm really proud of this one because I drafted the body and clothing patterns myself. I think I made the arms a little too long but who said they had to be perfect....right? Here's my version of the Egyptian God Anubis. He is of mixed media. I used a combination of cloth, air drying clay and paint. The base is made of a piece of scrap wood I covered with air drying clay. I put the clay on in pieces and worked the pieces as I covered the wood to give the illusion of a piece of stone. Once it dried, I painted it with a metallic paint and then went over it with a thin coat of black paint. The body is made of cloth which was base coated with gesso once it was stuffed and put together. Since I haven't learned to needlesculpt a male torso yet I decided to sculpt it with clay. Since I was going to paint the doll I figured it would work; and it did. It doesn't show in the photo but he has a nice pair of pecks and nice abs. In the side view you can see he has a little "tush" that was done with the air drying clay also. The doll was then painted all black which is how Anubis is usually depicted. His staff was made with Styrofoam and clay. The base and head of the staff were carved from a Styrofoam block and covered with clay. A wooden dowel was attached to the head and base and painted with a translucent metallic paint. The costume was made with a silk fabric I had in my stash I thought would be perfect. I made the pieces out of paper towels first for fitting before cutting the fabric. I didn't have a very large piece of this fabric and didn't want to waste it. I used black acrylic paint to decorate the collar, arm bands and the loin cloth. I enjoyed making this doll; especially the costume. I know my friend who loves all things Egyptian will be pleased to add this to his collection.

The other project I'm working on is on the cover of the January issue of Doll Crafter & Costuming. It's a pattern designed by Patti LaValley called Storm Dancer. I think it is the pose that attracted me. I still have to pickup some supplies for this one before I can complete it, but here's a preview of what she looks like so far. More about her in a future post. In the meantime, I will have to work on something else. I received the March issue of Soft Dolls & Animals and saw a pattern designed by Mary Tressler called Praise. It looks interesting. I think I'll give it a shot.
Oh, I almost forgot. The group I belong to Needle Knows Cloth Doll group was asked to participate in an exhibit. The exhibit will run from January 21st through the month of February for Black History Month. It will take place at Rockland Community College in Suffrin NY. More on that once it begins so stay tuned!

2 comments:

creativedawn said...

looking at your wonderful work, it is hard to believe that you have a slow moment.....WOW, WOW, WOW....that doll looks so authentic, it is scarey...smile in a positive way... it really is beautiful....can you make me one? ... I think I'm just kidding...maybe I just need to take your class in making that doll! Pam

Kat Lees said...

Venus your first project is excuted perfectly. This should be a pattern, I would be your first customer. I love this piece, your genius. You have one very lucky friend. Love Kat Lees