Category Archives: Soft Sculpture
My latest fabric sculpture is an Earth Goddess. She is inspired by the colours and shapes of the ochre quarries of Rousillon, France which I visited several years ago. There is no mining of the ochre now but you can visit an old quarry.
I took this doll to the NIADA Conference in Asilomar, Pacific Grove, California, where I had a great time and met some wonderful doll artists.
In order to facilitate packing and transportation I used magnets to join the legs to the torso.
I painted her with watercolours before adding the face features with pastel pencils. I painted absorbant ground on the base before painting it with the same watercolours.
I spun the yarn for the hair on a drop spindle before sewing it to the head.
I randomly beaded the light parts of her torso, arms and legs.
She is named Poly because she has 6 fingers on each of her hands.
I finished this doll a little while ago. She is a version of the Tea Bags doll you can see here. I didn’t post it as I was busy working on things for the Almonte Fibrefest which was last weekend and Calabogie Artsfest which is coming up on October 15 & 16.
I named her Circles because her jacket is a circle and because of the pattern in her dress. I didn’t have any lace for the bottom of the dress so instead of making an 80 Km round trip to the nearest store I made some using free-motion embroidery and built-in stitches on my sewing machine on water soluble stabilizer. It took longer than the trip to the store but I’m pleased with the result.
The face is needle sculpted and painted with chalk pastels.
This is a cloth doll made from recycled components.
Her clothing contains two different brands of tea bags (three different kinds of tea), parts of old jeans (they once were my favourite pair), a kilt and dental floss. The dental floss was dyed using Bombay Pigmented India Ink and is used for the hair.
The skin was painted with watercolours and the face was done with pastel pencils.
The doll was made in response to a challenge presented by All Dolled Up doll club.
Two new dolls. These are forest sprites made from the same pattern as the fairy from last week (see here).
I’ve been working on a new doll. I haven’t gotten very far as I’ve been trying to get a certain head shape in cloth. I’ve done several versions making little changes to each successive model.
I partially needle sculpted one – it helps to round out the pointy chin.
I have one more ready to stuff. I’m hoping it’s the one!
I just finished some fabric Christmas Trees for the Art and Craft Sale next weekend.
Fisher Park Community Recreation Centre
Christmas Craft Show & Sale
Saturday, December 6, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
I have been working on a couple of dolls since June. Both started out as prototypes in muslin and then various parts were redone a couple more times because they just didn’t look the way I wanted them to.
This one has all the pieces done, they just have to be sewn together. Then I ‘ll paint the face and do the hair.
The inspiration for this piece came from a trip my friend, Margo, and I took to the Grand Canyon a few years ago. We marveled at the awe-inspiring scenery but Margo was concerned about the lack of railings.
The “canyon” is made mostly from acrylic modelling paste.
The camera is made from polymer clay and the picture on the back is one of the Grand Canyon taken during that trip.
This sculpture is currently at the Out of the Box exhibit: Fibre Fling 3 at the Kitchissippi United Church on Island Park Drive, Ottawa. This is the last time I will be exhibiting this piece because, yesterday, it was sold. It is still on exhibit until the show closes today at 5 P.M.
I think this seahorse must be a little cold.
It has snowed for 2 days and now it has turned to freezing rain.
I usually use rayon thread to free motion embroider the fins but this time I used variegated cotton.
I’m looking forward to seeing some of my family for Christmas.
Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.