Monday, August 31, 2020
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Yesterday I shared a photo of a finished fantasy doll. She was fun to make and required a lot of working through the ugly stages. Dolls have so many ugly stages. I have had customers ask me to send progress photos. I pretty much always tell them no. Once in awhile I will send a progress shot, usually if it is to someone who sews. It can be very hard to tell where an outfit is heading when it is in the seemingly endless ugly stage. I have been doing this long enough that the ugly stage barely phases me anymore. Most of the time.
I am making a second fantasy doll, in different colors, who will be similar to the pink one but also different enough to not look like the exact same dress in a different color. This is the extent of the sewing done on these dressed. I sewed the skirts and the sleeves. That was it.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Back in June I did an interview with Emily Martin for her YouTube series Artist Unlocked. It was a fun experience and really got me thinking about certain things having to do my doll making. Not everything from our very long conversation ended up in the final video, but some things did. It is tricky to say that you know your work has value without sounding full of yourself. At least, that is the way artists are often made to feel. In the same interview I offered some advice to people that might want to get started as doll makers, though it applies to any art. Don't take commissions too early. Don't take on projects that you are not comfortable with. There are definitely things that we can't know if we can do them unless we try them. And then there are things that we might be willing to try, even though it is way out of our comfort zone. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
Recently I found out a couple of things about myself. While I can and do make patterns, I am not able to exactly replicate someone else's pattern. I also can't work well in gloves. So I guess it comes down to I can make a new pattern, potentially from altering one of my existing patterns as needed, but I can't necessarily take apart something someone else made, make a new workable pattern, and then duplicate the original garment. And the gloves thing was a weird discovery. I had no idea I had to be able to feel the material to work properly. I felt incredibly clumsy. It took awhile, and a lot of trial and error, but I figured out I was not going to be able to come up with a finished shirt that was exactly like the original. There are just some things I am not good at.No matter how carefully I worked to dissect the original shirt, I was not able to make anything I could work from. It was frustrating. I don't like to give up on things.
I lost a friend yesterday. I didn't even know, but I started to suspect. I knew she was sick, cancer, and I thought she was doing better. At least for a bit. Yesterday I saw lots of posts saying fuck cancer. Yup. I didn't know she was gone. This morning I saw many more posts. These were more specific. Pat Coulter is gone. And that makes me really sad. Really sad in a tears falling while I type kind of way.
I only met Pat once in my life. She came up to Region X for a show. She was seated all the way across the show hall so we didn't get to visit as much as I would have liked. Performance shows are like that. It was also before I really took photos of people. I stole this one from Jennifer Buxton. I have permanent permission to use her photos, so I guess it's not stealing.
|Photo by Jennifer Buxton
Or through social media, which is also mostly how I knew Pat, I can find some pictures. Here is Halestorm winning reserve champion in AR/CM dressage at TRXC in 2016 in her pony tack that Pat made.
And also winning champion in English Pleasure. I showed this pony in the tack that Pat made for several years. Then I sold the doll and the tack and Halestorm. I had another tack set that Pat made, I can't seem to pull up any photos at the moment. I sold that too. Now I don't have any of Pat's tack. Which also makes me sad.
Friday, August 28, 2020
The other day I woke up to a handful of Facebook notifications that confused me. They were comments on my posts in the Lemmonade Online photo show. I was pretty sure no one was supposed to comment on the photos... so I went and looked. These were pretty cool comments! It was the placings. The judge's use the digital ribbons as their comments. It was definitely an easy way to figure out if any of my horses had placed. I entered some halter photos, but halter was never as important to me as performance so I couldn't necessarily tell you which classes I entered.
Enchanted Eve was in the AR TBs/standardbreds class. There were 10 entries and she got 2nd place.
Thursday, August 27, 2020
I ordered a lot of miniatures for my miniatures sale. I wanted to have a good variety of items and, to be honest, it is addicting searching for, and buying, miniatures. The problem with ordering things, especially things that don't necessarily have anything to properly indicate scale, is you might end up with things that are just not workable.
Like these "dollhouse miniature" lollipops. In what world are these giant pops dollhouse scale? Maybe if you are making a dollhouse scene from Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. But for the most part, these are hugely oversized and would be even way too large for the largest lollipop in Barbie scale. I think they could be part of a really cute jump though, now that I am thinking of it. I probably have no desire to make that jump, but it could be fun. I think I have 20 of these giant candies!
Wednesday, August 26, 2020