My goodness, I've been away for too long. March and April have been full. Most of it fun stuff, some of it hard work, and there's been a bit of laziness, too. But one of the things I've been busy with was the art-doll club's spring workshop.
Our instructor was the very talented Sherry Goshon. She designed a doll specially to teach our group. It was a mixed-media project and we were all eager to learn some new techniques. She designs her own face molds and her husband casts them. This face is so beautiful!
We started with the "bird-cage" that the doll sits on. Briefly, wires are poked into a round styrofoam, then curled to make a roundish shape. Then you twist a narrow piece of aluminum foil & wrap it around each wire vine-like. Once that's in place, you take strips of the plaster stuff that's used to make casts and lay that over the foil covered wires. Let it dry & spray paint as desired. Coffee - always a must while making art.
For the body, I added 1/4" to the doll pattern as I find really small ones too difficult to work with. We sewed & stuffed the body & arms, then mod-podged pieces of tissue paper or pretty napkins on it.
Sherry taught "illusion costuming" too. No pattern. Take some measurements, free-hand draw a pattern and go for it. This was a stretch for the seamstresses amongst us! We're used to precise plans. So above you see what I thought was my finished doll.
Just today, I was taking pictures and thought, "this skirt needs something more." I rummaged thru my fabric closet and found a piece of bronze-ish embroidered organza. I folded & gathered it into a double-tiered petticoat. It adds a little something to the front and gives fullness to the skirt. I also inserted pipe cleaners in the skirt hem so it would have some flow & movement.
OK, so we have a cage. What do we put in it? People used plants, potpourri & ribbons, and flower arrangements. By this point, I was ready to be done and didn't feel like making a whole flower arrangement. I had a little box I had saved and the color and shape were perfect.
But an empty box just sitting there? Surely something must be in it?? Now we have an element of curiousity. Which is how this doll got her name. What famous lady is associated with a mysterious box?