Wednesday, June 27, 2007

We're Here!

We have arrived safe and Seattle, WA. Moving from Israel was quite a task, but, it's finally over. I've mailed all my art supplies in the mail via sea, which could take up to three months! SO that should give me plenty of time to get settled before I start getting back into art. Israel, I'll miss you. But it's sure nice to be home.
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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Screw This!

Recently one my dolls had a sort of of "falling out" with my dog. More like a "falling apart."

The dog decided to have a "meeting" with her. She tore her head off and removed all the mohair, and proceeded to do some more dastardly deeds to this poor doll. What fun!

One of the shoes was damaged and I just thought I'd share with you how I am going to repair it.

Screw it!

These shoes are made from polymer clay. The pattern  can be found in the "freebies" section here on this blog.

To repair the heel, I'll add some air dry clay over the screw. Not such a big deal. Since it has grooves, I won't even need to add paper tape to prevent the clay from slipping. Once that's dry, I'll just paint right over it.

A new "quickie" beaded ankle bracelet hides the tooth marks!

Thankfully she did not destroy the rest of the body, and the face is all right. Needed a bit of work, but not too bad.

I did have to add hair again, touch up her face and sew her head back on. Her "hat" was damaged but I put it back on, this time I sewed it down with beads. Not bad. I think she still needs some more work but she's okay.
The doll came out okay in the end. She's still got her spark.

Now that she's been salvaged, I can think about this a little more....
She's a bit on the naughty side. Maybe she deserved what she got? hehe

The fun part about making dolls is that you can dress them in whatever way you want, and "get away with it." Maybe not...
When creating a figurative sculpture, whether from cloth or clay, it can be very hard to bring yourself to cover it up completely. Sure, you want to dress the doll and use as many embellishments to build its beauty and character- but then again it can be a shame to conceal all the hard work you just did. My teacher Alex Mergold- a master sculptor in Israel- once commented that he believed sewing dolls and creating a realistic pattern is so difficult he could never do it. Well, I don't believe THAT, but I do know how painful it can be to cover up all the skill and hard work that goes into creating a body, especially when there are fine details.
This is why I sometimes create these extremely immodest people... yeah yeah-

I guess what it all boils down to - I'll know better than to trust my dolls around my dog. (And they say collies are supposed to be smart and loyal? Ah well, you can't win em all! All's well that ends well.

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

The Altered Cowboy

Li Hertzi's long-awaited book Art Doll Adventures has just been published, and has hit the bookshelves. I wish I could see this book but I'll have to wait for it to arrive in the post! It's not sold in Israel.... I get a complimentary copy from the publisher. I hope they send it fast! I'm almost tempted to order it from I'm sure you all will have seen it way before I do.

I got a heads up on the release by my email inbox, which has been receiving mail over the past few days from people who had purchased the book. Gosh it is such great fun- and the suspense is almost too much! You folks get to see the book and I just sit here and wait... not fair!
My doll, like the others in the gallery, is an artist interpretation of one of Li's patterns. She just assigned the pattern to me and I was free to do with it what I wanted. I don't know exactly where my "feller" came from but what evolved from my imagination was a rootin' tootin' cowboy with more sass than sasparilla.
His name is Cowboy Slim and he has got to be the funniest thing I have ever made. Li's style and patterns are just so different than anything I had ever made. When she emailed me the project details, I must have sat there for two days just saying to myself, "what am I going to do with this???" Finally I just laughed out loud and decided he had to be a cowboy. I can't tell you why- just imagine- someone in Israel making a cowboy. I still don't know what came over me!

The pattern is absloutely flat, and that was the challenge. I just "let go" and let myself go and just did the "do with it what you will" kind of thing. I just tell you, while he was evolving, I literally laughed and snickered each and every time I walked into the studio room. Actually, he had everybody in the house hee-in an' haw-in!

Here's one of the notes I got... this is from another artist who also contributed to the gallery.2

"The book arrived at my house (I ordered it from Amazon not knowing when the publisher zould send out copies, and I couldn't wait to see it.) Saw your doll in it. Very clever and suprizing doll... you are such a versatile artist! I love his face, he looks impish to me. Since ou have been publishe so much, is it still a thrill to see your stuff in print???"

Yes it is exciting, to say the least... and I think it gets more exciting every time!

I'm getting anxious...I simply can not wait to see the book and all the other wonderful art I know is in that gallery! And gosh, Li, thanks so much for inviting me to contribute to your book ^*^

Li Hertzi has a new blog and website, about her adventures writing Art Doll Adventures. Way to go, Li!

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Saturday, June 02, 2007

Firefly Published

My doll Firefly is on the cover of Soft Dolls and Animals Magazine! Actually she is one of the preview dolls on the left side... because there is a nice article about faerie wings in there. I am still waiting for my copy to arrive... I can't wait to see it! The next issue will have another doll in it, too.

Here is the magazine issue:

And here is a full -sized render of Firefly.  
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Friday, June 01, 2007

Moving Right Along....

One of two friends who volunteered to test Becky has finished her..... and she came out fabulous! Look at what Judi Wellnitz did with my pattern!

You know what that means - the class will be released pretty soon. I've been told that the dress needs instructions and didn't fit as well as it did for me, so I'll wait to confirm that with the second tester and make some adjustments if needed.

Judi wrote about the pattern on her blog:

I would really love to sell Becky. If you are interested then email me.

If you are interested please email me for arrangements:

I've got some other dolls on etsy and on my website, too.
NIAMH has just been sold, and so has FUSCIA, the beautiful belly dancer.
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