The fall leaves that catch my attention so vibrantly and dance on the wind remind me of the flurry of activity that's been going on in the studio - so much that I barely have time to catch my breath and reflect! I will attempt to recap, ever so briefly, what I've been up to lately. But only briefly, because the next round of projects and deadlines already loom!
Right after participating in the Beatle's themed show at Cactus Gallery, I was invited to be the featured artist for the gallery's Dollmakers VI show! It was such an honor that I couldn't say no, so that meant I needed to hustle to create something new. Inspired by a Spanish story book I was reading, Diario Secret de Pulgarcito (Secret Diary of Tom Thumb), I created not one but two of my first ever wire armature figures. The author, Philippe Lechemeier, had written the most delightful description of an ominous character who had twice the normal number of teeth, and all of them sharp. This inspired me to sculpt the teeth, and then create the face that would hold them.
I had so much fun creating all the details for this doll, right down to the finger nails. A cage-like structure served as the lower part of the figure's body, allowing for a full skirt, and a place to trap Pulgarcito, pobrecito!
Off they went to Los Angeles! Rob and I flew down (after a wonderful week in Minnesota during the BIG state fair!) for the opening. This was my first time to be the featured artist in a gallery! Sandra Mastroianni, the owner and curator, did such a wonderful job on the display. Such a thrill to see my name on the wall!
Several of my favorite dolls sold at the show, and so I must bid adieu to Camille, CeeCee, Sister Superior, and the Little Match Girl. I wish them well in their new homes!
Up next, Part 2: Fun times in class!