Wednesday, January 10, 2007

More finished objects!

Now that the holidays are over I am out of excuses for putting off my Round Robin committments, so I have devoted myself to getting them done this week.

This lovely by Jan Demetralis is constructed on a jigsaw puzzle piece. She posed quite a "puzzling" challenge for me. (Sorry, that's a dreadful pun, I know, but I couldn't resist!) WHAT was I going to do with her??!! I confess that I was a little unsure if any kind of pattern had been laid down for her -- her face is so beautifully realistic, her lower body somewhat less so, and her torso is like something out of a surrealist painting...

This IS an "anything goes" project however, so I decided to just let it percolate in the back of my mind for a while...

An idea broke through while we were on vacation. I decided that the little extensions that I had originally seen as sort of proto-arms would now become the shoulder pieces of a fabulous coutour gown (though someone else is going to have to create said gown...) and I would give her arms from the area where I visualized her shoulders "should" be.

Really though, are there any real "shoulds" on a doll like this??!!

The arm construction I used was designed by Pearl Red Moon for her "Ancient Icons" series of dolls. The upper arm, lower arm, and hand are each sewn and stuffed seperately of kool-aid dyed silk charmeuse, then joined together with bead joints. The fingers on each hand are made of bugle beads tipped with seed beads.

Speaking of the "Ancient Icons", I was motivated by working on Jan's doll to finish my own little objects. They've been sitting under my work table for... well, the lessons are dated March of 2002, so let's just call it a long time!


All the green one needed was her yarn hairpiece. The first one I made was way too bulky for her. This one is still a bit bulky, but I like the look.



The red one... now that I look at the photo I don't think I'm quite finished with her yet. I think she needs something more around her face. Perhaps some draping after the same manner as the green one. I'll think about it...

I am particularly proud of her pants. The first pair I made for her were simply dreadful. I didn't know anything about machine embroidery back then and didn't use a stabilizer under the fabric and ended up with a mess. This time I created a base "fabric" of fusible Angelina fibers, backed it with some water soluble stabilizer, and embroidered it with some simple machine stitching over silk ribbons. They look fantastic in real life, though you can't see much in the photo. Sorry for the focus issues -- no idea what went wrong there and I'm too lazy to go back downstairs and take another one. I'll post another better pic after I do some more beading on her.

6 comments:

Judi W. said...

You left those icons under your table for 4 years? They are fantastic! Don't you adore Pearl Moon? I love all the beading and embroidery on the green icon and I love the head shape and the pants on the red one! Wonderful work!

Love what you did with the arms on Jan's puzzle doll - it's absolutely perfect!

Kai said...

What COOL dolls! Are they for a different group? The one Jan made? I love all 3! And I agree! The pants are WAY cool! (Of course, you KNOW if it has RED, Kai loves it! LOL!) But those are great! I want to see your doll if or when you decide to add something to her head. The green one looks awesome with the head gear!

Shashi Nayagam said...

Happy New Year to you. You are so wonderfully creative. Wow those dolls are super!

Linda said...

Love these dolls- especially the red one- woo hooo!
Linda F from FL

Sue said...

Wow, wow, wow! I've been working on the ancient icons for who knows how long? I finished the first and gave it to someone else...and haven't gotten very far on the second. You've inspired me, Judi. I've got to get busy.

Fran said...

Judi, you have been a busy girl. Love all your work. Love the red one.
Love & Hugs
Fran