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27
Aug

How I made my new piece

Just finished my piece “I believe I can paint the Sky”.

I would like to share the process of making this piece with you. The piece is meant for an exhibition with the theme “On the Wings of the Wind” and the original title for the piece was “I believe I can fly”.

So, I came up with the idea of a box with a bird head in front and the tail in the back and the doll on top holding bridles.
And wheels.
I couldn’t find proper wheels but found the legs. So far so good. Bird legs might even be better than wheels.

Oops, do we need wings? Yes, wings will add to the composition of the piece. How to attach them took a while.

The colors. So many choices.Took me days. I was gathering piles of fabrics and throw them out again.

The painting of the face. The color of the lips changed several times.
Eyebrows. So many choices. These are the fifth pairs. A row of white dots below the eyebrows. No! Not good! Wipe it off.

The torso. The first one was too short because there need to be space for the elbows. Either put something under it or make a new torso. I made a new torso. And a third one to fit better in the box.

The clothes. The main fabric, a goldish pleated one, did not work. The blue fabric with the dots had to stay but moved from top front to lower arms. The total pile of embellishments went back in the embellishment box: too much.

The hair and the hat. This blue fringe was my original choice but then I found a dark orange mohair. And went back to the blue again. For the hat I wanted a flyer’s cap, so I made several out of leather. Blue ones and grey ones. All no good.

The collar. There was a choice out of four. This one definitively is the best.

The color of the box. It needed to be darker than the clothes of the doll. That went quite smooth.

Not the bird. The bird got all kinds of shades of blue: too dark, too pale, too bright, too flat. The colors around the eyes changed several times too.

Almost finished, but the bridles did not work at all and the hands were made to hold bridles. So what else? A brush fitted in so the title of the piece had to be changed. I made the brush dotted first but took that off again. Stripes it should be.

Done.

 

 

26
Feb

Work in progress

Finally time this week to work on dolls again. This one exists already in my head but I hope he will turn out well. The painting process is water color over porcelain, sealed with a matt varnish.

 

18
Sep

to catch a fish

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My piece To catch a Fish at the exhibition in Riga, Latvia

19
Aug

Circus

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Here he is! I am really happy with the new piece that I just finished! It really turned out nice. The lions were fun to make.

26
Jul

Work in progress

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I am finally working on a new piece. I think I am in love with this little guy!

13
Jul

restoration

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This is the doll that I made for the Birth announcement of our son Sem who became 26 years old yesterday. It is also the cover of the first book about doll making that I published

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After 26 years the doll needed some restauration so I did for Sem’s Birthday. Not my favourite job. It is not only the picture but in reality the whole piece colored more yellow. So I added some ochre and gold to the parts that needed replacement.

24
Mar

Waiting for a prince 4

I just finished my new piece “Waiting for a Prince 4”. I still love this theme that I have used already three times before. All people can make up their own story to this piece.

Does she really want a Prince to come? Does she believe  her Prince to come? Does she need a Prince?

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07
Jan

New pieces

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Yes! I finally started a new collection of dolls. First step was to dig in my materials and attributes because I find “stuff” very inspiring. Second step was to make sketches of wat I am intending to make and think and dream about how to achieve that. Third step is the hand sculpting of the body parts in porcelain and I am in the middle of that process now. Here you see some heads I am working on. These are not fired yet. The one in the front right is going to be a princess.

22
Feb

spring issue art doll quarterly

Ricë Freeman-Zachery did a great job writing an article about me in Art Doll quarterly.  Husband Ton said that it is one of the best articles ever written on me.  Thanks Ricë!

 

22
Jan

German magazine Puppen & Spielzeug

In the last issue of the leading German Doll Magazine Puppen & Spielzeug this four page article was published about me AND an article that I wrote about NIADA. The article about me was written by Ruth Ndouop Kalajian, a pleasant person to work with. In the headline she calls me the Storyteller.  Nice!




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