Friday, April 20, 2007

What's up.

Greetings All,
Well yesterday I only go Ms. Citrine partly dress. I created her a silk skirt and head wrap, a "Mud Cloth "top and stole and added her beaded collar. I still have her shoe to make and to paint her toes and fingers. I did however go to a friends house to collect a bag of dolls that were created by an aunt over thirty yeas ago. They are rag dolls that all have hand embroider faces with rug yard for hair. I love the impish expression and the detail to their clothing. My job is to restore the clothing if I can't clean them and to do some small repairs to the body. I would like to try and clean the bodies also and one of them is not dress so I'll try on him first and it that dose not work I just stick to their clothing. They appear to be stuff with small piece of foam and it's breaking down. So we shall see. The gourds I have broken the arms of two of them and now I'm trying to come up with another method of making them. I have started painting one with the broken arms and the one that I created the arm by using wooden dowels is alright.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

What I've been up to.

Greetings All,
Well I've been busy trying new things. Monday was a "Gourd" day. I started trying some of the air drying clays that I had bought last year along with some of the gourd that I've collected over the years. I've been inspired by Patricia C. Boyd, Sherry Goshon, and Terri Moisan. Who all make just unbelievable gourd sculptures/dolls. I tried several products. One was "DAS Modeling Material" (left) and this for me is too heavy. My first piece broke and "Paper Clay" (below) and this worked better because it was lighter in weight when dried.
Tuesday was a wire armature day and I made 5 of those and today I will be dressing cloth doll the last of the "Glam Squad" (phase-1) and maybe some painting of the gourds. I also want to try wrapping some of the armatures I made yesterday in the style of "Paverpol" which is a textile hardener. I love some of the sculptures that I saw on their web site and until I can get some of the products I will improvise.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Darling Divas on a road trip.

Greetings All,
The Darling Divas are on a road trip to Indianapolis at a wonderful gallery called "Kuaba Gallery". Met Jayne During the owner this past week. She had met a couple of the divas at the home of Robin/James Napier and wanted to me their creator, so an introduction was made. Jayne gallery "showcases a contemporary collection of artworks" and she's a respected authority on Zimbabwean sculpture. She is also the founder of an orphanage in Zimbabwe and another in Ghana. It was good meeting her and I look forward to a long/bless relationship. Please visit her web site.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Greetings All,
Yesterday was an art quilting day and that's how I spent the entire day. I completed a wall hanging and then I cut it up and restructured it by stagnating the pieces when I re-assembled it. I love the way the pieces connected to each other. I use my hand dyed fabric with another one I bought and a batik that I thought complimented each other. I quilted the piece with variegated thread which added to the texture. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did in making it.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Trying somethings new.

Greetings All,
This morning I'm trying somethings new. I painted the original fabric that was on a bench/jewelry box for Ms. Aventurine to match her garment. Mainly her silk gown and I love the way that it came out.
I new cushions in a chair for Ms. Carnelian and she appears to be most satisfied. Then I created an armature and masked off areas to paint my first gourd sculpture which is inspired by Patricia C. Boyd and Terri Moison. Thus far this day has started out very productive.