It's been awhile since I designed a new doll. I also haven't used air-dry clay in a while, either. So I thought I'd combine both. My plan is to make a basic doll shape, then cover the head with Paperclay to sculpt a simple face. The head and upper chest will be painted.
My first body prototype is too tall and thin. This was accentuated by the direction of the fabric stretch, so I tweaked the pattern a bit for #2.
I wanted a slightly higher waist, so modified the body a bit to accomplish that, plus slight more accentuated hips (#3).
I won't draft patterns for the arms and legs until I'm ready to start detailing these dolls.
I'm thinking I'll turn at least one of these prototypes into a fae-like character.
In August 2018, my friend and coworker Danielle Pattersonproposed a challenge: use the same doll pattern to create dolls dressed in historic nursing uniforms from eras of our choosing. Danielle suggested using my "Verity" pattern. This doll is made completely of cloth, and stands about 22 inches tall.
After doing some research, I started my doll in February. I was drawn to the Red Cross uniforms worn during World War 1. Turns out Danielle chose that era as well.
After finally finishing my doll this week, we revealed them at work.
We've already decided to challenge ourselves again, though we haven't discussed the details.
Autumn is my favorite time of year. Crisp and cool, and just before the real rains begin here on the Oregon Coast. As I look out my studio window, the setting sun is sparkling across Young's Bay. Not a bad view!
I haven't carved a pumpkin this year - since when did they get so expensive? I'm nostalgic of the smell of a fresh pumpkin being hollowed out. Maybe next year.
As July draws near, there's only a few more weeks before the Nashville UFCD Convention and ODACA Day.
Today I finished a third Amity doll, at 78% from the original size. This time I used Tibetan lamb for the hair, which always creates a bit of a mess. I picked this fiber for her hair, based only on the color. Nothing else I had really fit the doll and the colors I chose for her clothing.