Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Simple Pleasure

While I enjoy the challenge of stretching my doll-making abilities into areas of innovation and experimentation, I sometimes also love the pleasure of making something quite simple. The recent work I made for an exhibition stretched me a bit technically so these little dolls were a bit of an antidote......and what fun I had making them!


Very simple constructed in basically two pieces (front and back), they are softly stuffed and I used a bit of basic needle-sculpting to define the neck and the arms. The mask faces are glued onto the front of the head and a few extra details added. This one is Kiki:



......and this one is Coco:


 
 


 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Upcoming Exhibition

I'm participating in a group exhibition in Adelaide, South Australia later this month entitled "THE DOLL REDEFINED" I think there are around thirty participating artists, so the work should be interesting and varied. It's at Gallery 1855 in Tea Tree Gully, opening on the 15th April at 2.00 pm.
As a native of Adelaide, I'm excited to be showing my work there and looking forward to the opening. Here are a some of the works I'm showing..........






 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

New Work

I must apologize for not posting more often.........getting this house and garden licked into shape takes a lot of my time! At the moment I'm repairing and painting the roof while the weather remains warm and fine. I have broken the back of it - should be done in a week or so if the weather stays dry. You can read about it on my other blog:            http://www.fourteenstepstothebluedoor.blogspot.com.au  

Meanwhile, I AM working on my artwork - I'll have work in an exhibition in Adelaide next month - I'm busy completing the pieces so I can send them next week. The exhibition is called "The Doll Redefined" - should be an interesting diversity of work!

Here is a selection of work I've completed recently:



Mr Foxx Out Strolling - jointed cloth with a sculpted cloth-covered head. Painted and embroidered.


"Cirque Des Enfants" No 8 in a series.



"Transmutation - Mor-Rioghain"



"Spiritus Loci 2" w.i.p.
 
 

 
 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

A Few Dolls

I worked on a few dolls in between summer activities and String Camp.........time always seems more limited in summer!



This is "Ettie Craig"  - a doll in classic Izannah Walker style made as a special order.



And this is "May" a dear little jointed cloth girl (17" tall) dressed in a knitted woollen outfit. She has a hand-knotted lincoln wool wig and custom-made leather shoes. She is currently listed in my Etsy store. www.susiemcmahon.etsy.com  
I'm really looking forward to making more dolls in coming months, in between home renovations, which you can read about on my other blog www.fourteenstepstothebluedoor.blogspot.com

New Work and a Successful Exhibition

While I have been a bit quiet on this blog, I have still been busy making things. I had work in the annual "Images" exhibition in Hobart over the Christmas/New Year break. I usually do quite well in the exhibition, but this time I sold every last piece - that's never happened to me before! Here is some of the work from that exhibition;















Some of these pictures are a bit on the dark side, but it kind of suits the imagery, I think. I had fourteen pieces in all, so this is about half. 


 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Enigma Stones

I'm starting work again on a few sculptural pieces.........this is number 7 in the "Enigma Stones" series. Small mixed-media sculpture painted in monochromatic greys.

I have a couple of exhibitions coming up, so I need to get together a  reasonable body of work.





Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Little Garments

Before I sent off my Izannah Walker 200th birthday celebration doll to her new owner, I decided to give her a "second skin" body covering, similar to what the originals had. 
I think I've worked out why Izannah Walker gave her dolls this second skin - it was to cover up where she'd accidentally splashed paint on the doll's fabric body. Maybe. Or not.

Anyway, that meant I had to undress the doll in order to fit the second skin. That presented an opportunity to take a photo of all the garments the doll is wearing: drawers, petticoat, dress, jacket and bonnet. I'm not counting the boots, because they are sculpted directly onto her feet and are not removable...........she is destined to forever sleeping in her boots!

When I make a doll like this, the genesis of which is in the "play-doll" form, I make the clothes like miniature versions of full-sized garments, with proper fastenings and closures, so they are easy to remove. 
Here she is before her second skin was added, with all her garments laid out.



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