SFM Cloth Dolls with Attitude! NZ

Friday, March 20, 2015

Big excitement! A new Website and the opening of our exhibition!


 About the work: Along a chequered path, meeting up with all kinds of unusual beings, and at every twist and turn, Alice’s flexibility is challenged as she faces change. She has to run the gamut of critical flowers, gets confused about which direction to go in, and ends up taking advice from a caterpillar beginning it’s own process of metamorphosis. Along the way, she meets bullyboys who like to argue over little things, but never contradict each other; she follows a neurotic rabbit and has to deal with queens! Nothing stays the same!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Marie Antoinette look-a-likes!

Meanwhile in the palace the competition for the best Marie Antoinette look-alike is hotting up!

This bevy of beauties are the result of a workshop we had in the last few weeks.  Some  have made more than one and they have been having the best time with with them!Each one is a little work of art and they are all thrilled with the way they have turned out and the skills they have learned!  I am rapt!

The ladies have decided they want to use them as a fund-raiser for breast cancer and soon they will be displayed in our local hairdressers shop!  One of the dolls was made by the owner!  Hope you like them!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Alice In Wonderland Series for Exhibition March 2015

I have been busy since January, making this series of Alice In Wonderland dolls.  These ones are for an Exhibition to be held here in March, where others will be exhibiting textiles like weaving and wool art, but as this years celebrations are all about Wonderland, I thought to begin this way, and carry on throughout the year making characters, to see how it all looks by the end of the year!


  The hardest thing to make was the chequered path, as I am no quilter!  So this is a compromise.  It LOOKS like it's quilted, but it's just woven! 


 My idea with this lot is that we are all on this chequered path, with some weird characters, trying to discover who we are and to find our way in life. We have to run the gamut of criticism from nay-sayers, like the snooty flowers in the night garden, 


Sometimes we are all anxious and jumpy, like the rabbit. 
We meet bully boys, like the Tweedle Boys on the way.

And we often have to deal with autocratic Queens!

  I wanted to make the Cheshire cat, because he was the only friendly character Alice met in Wonderland and always left her with a smile!  I will get it done at some stage.  meanwhile, I'm redoing Alice a little bigger, because people don't notice her when she's so small!  That's like life too! LOL!


Friday, February 13, 2015

Quote from Pablo Picasso


The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our soul! 
- Picasso

This is a subject under discussion amongst different groups I belong to lately and many things keep cropping up to remind us - what is soul. The land and how we steward it, music, writing, film, even dollmaking - we are drawn to this creative outlet in order to deal well with the things of life and in doing so we stay sane and clear our soul.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Caterpillar #2

Something distinctively ugly is emerging from my table.


At least he has some character.

He's pretty laid back and has his own personality!


The colours work ok.


Does he look like he's hooked on his hooka?

Friday, February 6, 2015

Anothr Marie Antoinette Bust - so to speak!

 More mixed media.  Trying out dying wool roving pink!  So easy with food colouring and utube!

Great fun doing the hair, which is probably a tad unembellished,


  but I let the dress speak instead! 

Moody Blue!

Catapillar

 All the way through this I am thinking, it's a waste of time - like doodling, but I couldn't leave it unfinished and mucked around with it all day!
The Hookah turned out ok, but it's the face.
Not happy with it!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Tweedle Dum & Tweedle Dee complete!

Here are my two little optimist & pessimist Needlesculpted dolls that I have just finished!

I am quite pleased with them!  Now - the Cheshire cat!  That will be a challenge I think.