Personal space is an important part of my working life. I work at home, I do not have a separate studio nor do I want one. Everyone finds that strange but I like what I do and I do it all the time. If had a separate studio I would have no need for an apt.
A year ago I moved into a new apt/workplace and I am finding that my dolls are reflective of this new space. Most importantly, an open floor plan with twice the amount of square footage and a ceiling that is considerably taller (in my new place I can actually jump rope!)…
Not only are my dolls getting bigger but they have taken on a decidedly feminine twist (egads!). I have been inspired by art and ghosts and her wonderful imagination, her incredible color palettes and the vintage clothing that all of her characters wear. Also, the Gothic Lolita movement has caught my eye. Mainly because I HAD to have a crack at making those clothes.
In addition to pintucks, ruching, and lace, I have been experimenting with clays. Particularly with blending clays. This is no secret among the doll making community but it took me a while to get there. I’ve never had the luxury of time. But I am hooked and, although, I loved painting my figures before, I spent so many, many hours sanding them that I wouldn’t mind taking a break from the sandpaper for a while (nor would my hands and creaky knuckles).
I will be showcasing the new clay and the new look of Strange Dolls at the Lazy Pear Gallery in June. Details about the show to follow.