Thursday, February 24, 2011

Miss Isabelle is one of the Civil War dolls I am currently making to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the war. She is a 21"cloth doll whose head is covered with paper clay and sculpted. She has been oil-painted as the old dolls were. She is an Izannah Walker-type doll, but instead of painting her hair, I decided to make a wig out of wool roving. I just think it suits her better! Her dress is an 1860's style, and her little buttoned boots are painted on. I am making a straw bonnet for her right now to complete her ensemble. I think I will make a little brother doll for her next. I feel there is just not enough hours in the day to make my dolls! For every doll I start on, I have at least 5 or 6 ideas brewing for what's next. I started making porcelain dolls about 15 years ago, especially reproductions of French antiques, which I still dearly love. However, I really wanted to try new creative methods and have really enjoyed doing the cloth dolls with sculpted clay faces. I never sculpted in my life, and have been really intrigued by creating my own faces instead of using a mold that somebody else did.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, The picture of the first doll on your site is just beautiful..... beautiful!!!

    How lucky you are to now have the time to do so much of what you enjoy in such a wonderful space AND to have a husband who supports your endeavors.

    What you have pictured of your home and studio is so wonderful. The dining room looks like a museum.

    Susan, a member of