Wednesday, 24 August 2016
My first attempt at a traditional Staithes style bonnet is complete!! Quite pleased but might make the back sun-flap a little longer in another version. This is bigger than the old one I bought, but am still not sure it's as large or 'full' as some of the ones I've seen in other FMS photos.
Interesting side-point...there's a long running argument about whether the bonnet was tied under the chin or backwards to the nape of the neck. I've tied mine to the back which many say is how it was done...but you can clearly see in all the photos of Mrs Ann Scarth, as shown in this one here, that she always fastened her bonnet in a bow under her chin!
Mk1 bonnet...am making the first out of calico given to me by Maddi to work out how they are constructed...mine will have a bow...
basic shapes cut out...2 large 'D' shapes, one folded up to make a double layer through which channels are sewn to carry the cording, and a drawstring to form the shape. Along the back of the cording is a ruffled strip and a large decorative bow sewn onto the back.
I've chosen to hand sew the whole of this one as I was learning and trying things out all along, so needed to be able to adjust and unpick at times...but many of the bonnets were made partly on the sewing machine which would speed things up considerably! MkII will be.
...If I had a ribbon bow
To hide my hair
If I had a fancy sash
My own true love would find me fair...
Posted by Eileen Sedgwick at 05:31
Monday, 22 August 2016
Thursday, 28 July 2016
As a Piscean and long-time lover of all watery things, this is a return to the Sea. Inspired by a wonderful documentary on the sighting of a Giant Squid by a Japanese Naturalist Tsunemi Kubodera, I began reading about the myth of Toyotama-hime, and created this sensual shape shifting self-portrait as the princess on her Selkie-like return to her sea-home.
Posted by Eileen Sedgwick at 05:50
Completed most of the scene now
Pan's Labyrinth has always been one of my favourite films;
it's disturbing at times, but also magical and I love it.
The Pale Man is a gruesome and frightening character, but his feast seemed an excellent way to indulge my love of the film and display my collection of miniature foods!
This is a little bit of fun animating the pale man!
Trying out the scene inside the display case...it fits!
Posted by Eileen Sedgwick at 05:09
Thursday, 12 May 2016
Friday, 6 May 2016
Thursday, 5 May 2016
Working now on some of the figures at the feast...this is the little girl and her two fairy guides...
She is OOAK 12th scale...see my hand for the size below...
This was her earlier at the sculpting stage...and the big hands of the other character at the feast...
Posted by Eileen Sedgwick at 08:40
Friday, 29 April 2016
Friday, 11 March 2016
Thursday, 28 January 2016
Monday, 7 December 2015
The Crazy Scientist at work is the subject of many films and books. This is the 2nd of these figures I've made...he's 12th scale and ooak.
He has 'steampunk' style goggles
and various other pieces of mysterious equipment
in his coat and apron and hanging from his person
A green version :o)
He's one of two figures recently completed for a commission.
Posted by Eileen Sedgwick at 10:22
Sunday, 25 October 2015
Saturday, 4 July 2015
Pencil drawing on paper of the Sanctuary Ring
...above is an version of the replica made some years ago now to replace the ancient one which use to be on the door. The original can be seen inside the building.
with my daughter claiming sanctuary c 2004
I did this very thing with my mum with the original in the late 1960s
Posted by Eileen Sedgwick at 10:51
This is a 00 gauge model made up from a Dapol kit...
re-run of the old Airfix one.
It is sitting on a bit of 'track' I made from mixed-materials.
An old collector card of the Rocket as she was in later years of service.
decided not to use the large retaining button...which means if you run it along a bit vigorously the rod comes off the wheel...but no worries! The little pistons move with the wheels!
unfortunately the dapol kit is grey...the Airfix used to come in a yellow you could leave I guess. As I was using acrylics, this meant I had to prime the whole thing with a light coat first.
Posted by Eileen Sedgwick at 10:39