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Tutorial – Awesomely Luxurious Doll Hair

January 2, 2009

How do you make good dolls hair? It’s something that I’ve been experimenting with for a while, trying different things and the other day I re-discovered an awesome way to do it. Weirdly enough it was something I first used in about year 7 to make a judges wig from carpet strands. But now, with …

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awwe, shucks :)

December 10, 2008

I’ve been featured in another blog! Em over at EmBellSH in Brisbane woke to find a large python on her budgie cage outside (and features a photo of it) so she did a Four Favourites from Etsy on a Snake theme. My snake charmer doll, Saskia was one of those four. You can check out …

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Doll Workshop exhibition pics

November 20, 2008

The space isn’t good for photos, it’s terribly reflective. It’s got a number of panes of glass between the camera and the dolls, but regardless of that, how good do they all look! I’m so proud. Close ups: I love how different they all are, even though they’re all from the same pattern. The little …

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Workshops and Chookas

November 3, 2008

EEE! I went to the workshop today and one of the ladies had bought a doll in she made over the week.She’s made a doll of her art teacher as a gift for her. How great is that? It’s so personalized, from the stockings to the glasses to the jewellery to the hair and hair …

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Knitting workshop

October 6, 2008

I’ve just come back from the Turkish Ladies Knitting Workshop, week three. One of the ladies wanted to make a dress, but wanted a heart on it, so I quickly made her a pattern, and then knitted the heart bit as an example for her. She was really thrilled and started her dress right away. …

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last of the sneak peeks of the Totem dolls

September 19, 2008

I know it’s two posts in one day, but the tomorrow is an extremely busy day and then I’m installing the show for three days, working for two days and then it’s opening night. This might be the last you see of me for a while. Bah, who am I kidding, how could I stay …

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More craft thinking and a surprising spark of interest

September 16, 2008

The lovely Age reporter, Fran Atkinson, asked me about dolls vs playthings. And this was my reply. I think that some dolls are clearly not playthings. Like the collectible movie/comic figurines. Not only are they not meant to be played with, they’re not supposed to be taken out of the box. And some dolls are …

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Totem thinks

September 16, 2008

I’ve been sitting in the studio and at home surrounded by all these incredible dolls and it’s slowly dawned on me that not only is Totem about self identity, like a vox pop of how a section of society see themselves, but it’s also a flagship for promoting modern craft practice. Each one of these …

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art vs toys

September 15, 2008

Another question the Age reporter asked me, as she sat in my studio surrounded by dolls, was “Where is the line between Art and Toy?” That’s another hard one to answer. The ends of the scale are easily defined, but it’s the middle that’s fuzzy and gray. Art Dolls are often the exquisitely carved or …

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Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, Miss Suga D’Flirt!

August 26, 2008

Oh, I’m so excited… (Hmm, this blog is starting to sound like an child on too much red cordial) I’ve finally gotten photographs back of my latest burlesque doll, Miss Suga D’Flirt. My camera died a while ago and I borrowed a friends to photograph her, but then his computer died and it was all …

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