Sunday, 27 December 2009
Friday, 18 December 2009
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Friday, 6 November 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Harry is sculpted and now I am trying to dress him...agh another shirt and tie and mansuit!! My favourite...NOT! Then there will be a wheelchair....oh my!
I have done the basic structure to build my wreath around and support the figure...collaged the backing and have found some red fabrics to start work on the poppies.
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
More to the Tudor Characters Group...I was pleased with the waistline fit on this lady figure...although now I've obscured it a bit with more strings of beads round her neck!! Silly me ;0) Temporarily ran out of beads yesterday, so started on the leading male figure...he will have mainly black clothing.
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
This week I have been mostly sculpting heads :0)
...the top 4 characters are to be part of a group, with possibly 2 other figures I've yet to model...the rather mournful face top left in the next picture is to be another version of the moustachioed guy...under mournful man is my first try at really mastering 24th scale...wow it's very small!! Not sure if it's right for me yet. The other 3 females in that line are destined to be historical characters I think, the middle one's another Elizabeth 1st, and maybe one might be another art-doll. The bottom ones are another witch who still needs finishing, and a lady with a gentle face with her hands who I have some ideas for but still not completely fixed yet.
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Back to work after the school summer break!
Getting back into it with firstly another pedlar doll similar to one I made a while ago, and then a traditional dollhouse figure from about 1907 in pink silk.
These two will be amongst some on display by me at the NEC at Miniatura this year, these are for sale on the British Toymaker's Guild stand...maybe with some others but I've not quite decided which yet!
Sunday, 2 August 2009
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
In the original painting she is extremely tall and thin, so this will help create that effect whilst still having her have natural proportions underneath. I wasn't going to show her feet at all when I started but got a bit carried away with the shoes, so now there will be a little peep hole where you can look under the hem and see them with some twinkly bits too on the underskirt as a little hidden suprise :0)
Friday, 19 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Made black underskirts, and now working on the backs of the dresses which will be their wasp bottoms! Doing 2 different techniques but still basically the same colour/shape. First one is using reverse applique which seemed like a good idea at the time, but has taken ages!! Embroidered round the openings and beaded here and there. Next one is a collage of mixed materials again embroidered and a few beads just up the middle line.
Sunday, 7 June 2009
Started some other figures based on drawings of wasps...they're half human half wasp and their faces have turned out a bit more scarey than I originally imagined but I'm still quite happy with the way they are looking so far...they will have big skirts based on the lovely waspish pattern of course which I'm looking forward to making.
Friday, 5 June 2009
I have had this award a few times ( blush!)
Thank you VERY much to those who gave it to me!
I would like to say thankyou to some of the people who have inspired/supported and encouraged me over the last 6 years or so of doll-making by nominating them too, even if they're had one before, a big THANKYOU!! to my lovely dolly friends! All their websites are well worth a visit. EileenXXX
Julie at http://www.bellabelledolls.co.uk/
Debie at http://www.piskiesandpoppets.com/
Jacqui at http://www.ebrennelves.co.uk/
Jain at http://www.giddykipperdolls.com/
Julie at http://www.freewebs.com/jakdaws/
Margaret at http://www.treasuredpossessions.co.uk/
Roz at http://www.lilyelf.com/
Wendie at http://www.wendiesminiworld.webs.com//
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Friday, 22 May 2009
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Inspired by the beautiful painting by Gustav Klimt this has been a long time coming, but finally finished it this morning. It's twelfth scale, and completely one-of-a-kind, with hand painted silk fabric costumes, embroidered and beaded, and a base painted to compliment the costume of the man. I have chosen to have my figures stand, although I know they were kneeling before, but I liked the extra height, with the base too, which this gave as they are freestanding...unlike the original with the advantage of a background!
I have loved making this as it's been on my to do list for ages! EileenXXX
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Started working on the costumes for my new figures...no prizes for guessing who this is based on now then LOL...lovely shiney things mmme!! Think I will just go with the painted surface on the man's costume as the lady has a lot of beads and stitches. There's a third design in the painting too, although not quite sure who is wearing that bit!
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Monday, 20 April 2009
This is Bruce Wayne from Batman Begins...I've shown him at the end of the film standing in the ashes of his house with the stethascope at his feet which he is about to discover. He was made specially for a commission. I liked this part of the film, a little sad thinking of what had gone, yet hopeful too, planning a new future.
Thursday, 2 April 2009
One of the figures I was asked to make was another one of Harry Hill from the award winning TV series TV Burp! I'd originally made him for my daughter who is his biggest fan....so I tried this time to have him in a slightly different pose to the first one...here he's doing the "FIGHT!" moment from the middle of the programme when he invites two unlikely characters to wrestle it out infront of the cameras as they go into the break. It's a point which always gets peels of giggles in our house and I hoped it would also amuse his new owner!
Last year I joined AIM (artisans in miniature) and IGMA ( international guild of miniature artisans) and DAME ( doll artists and miniature enthusiasts) and also made pages on MySpace and Facebook and updated my own website. I am still also in several other miniature groups and forums.
Earlier this year I had my first figures published in the doll magazines, and had a few figures on display at smaller fairs, and then Dame Edna and the cast of Fawlty Towers at the spring Miniatura show at the NEC. I had an article on one of my Fine Art-inspired dolls in the February AIM magazine too.
At the NEC the British Toymaker's Guild had a stand and I asked to be assessed to join and was delighted to be accepted!
I also accepted my first commissioned figures from someone who wasn't 'friends and family' which was exciting and worrying in equal measure, and I was anxious to do my best!
My family already suspect I'm crazy as they think I sometimes talk to myself...
....well now with the written proof they will be left in no doubt!
A big "Helloooo!" to anyone who's listening!