Thursday, December 23, 2010

A recient Lady

Hi everyone......Here is our most recent lady standing 17 inches tall and in her deceptively simple and elegant dress. I am so pleased with the perfect fit of this dress, the tight as a glove bodice / stomacher and the beautiful drape of the dress in the back. The patterns of the antique wool are so wonderful to work with as well and make the antique wools one of my favourite fabrics to work with.
I think this one has soul and such a interesting expression and personality. What do you think she is thinking?


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Our newest early 18th century beauty

I am so pleased with every aspect of this doll. As my own worst critic and being a stickler for no artistic license aloud on our dolls and 100% authenticity to the antiques always, I rarely complete a doll that I would not or do not make changes on, but this is one doll that falls into that rare category of "I would not change a thing". I love everything about this doll from her face, personality, carving style and proportions, her painting and patina, her dress and shoes and so on.

She has the most amazing real antique look in person and feel in hand and I am just so pleased with every aspect of this doll.
A big thank you to our lovely friend Lois for her beautiful early dress fabric that just worked up amazing and feels amazing as well when handling the doll.
I hope everyone enjoys seeing her. Remember to click on the photos if you want to see a full sized image.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

My Favorite doll / answering a question I hear from time to time.

I have had followers ask, out of all the dolls we have made, which is my favourite or do I have a favourite.

Its funny, one might think this would be a very hard question to answer but its not for me. You might think my favourite would be my most recent doll and of course the most recent is usually the best as with any artist. The more dolls we make, the more we perfect our work and of course the newest doll are always among my favourites.

I take the process of creating a doll very seriously and I put so much though, effort and energy into each and every one to make them come to life and give them a personality and a wonderful accurate and correct patina.
As I complete a doll and it "comes to life" so to speak, on occasion, one will really speak to me. This doll is the one which from the moment I finished her, spoken to me the most.

She is not a fancy doll, she is not even 100% correct in every way for a late 17th century English wooden, and for anyone who knows me, they know I am a real stickler for perfection and authenticity in every way and I am not happy unless all aspects of a doll are as perfect as I can make it.

Having said that, this little William and Mary period imp with her adorable face and sweet expression captured my heart from the moment she was complete and I always keep her close by. She can even lift my spirits and make me smile, after a really hard or bad day.

So here she is, new photos of David's all time favourite. I would love to hear comments from our followers about her.
Click on the small images as always for large detail photos.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Oh so rare

I love this doll for many obvious reasons like her face and patina, but one reason for sure would be her fabric. This is one of the rarest of the rare mid 18th century fabrics that one can find today. It is a early painted Indian cotton print. In its day, this import fabric was not costly like silks and would have been far more utilitarian in use. Because so little of it has survived today, its become such a rare treasure.