Thursday, May 01, 2008
This doll has always been difficult to photograph. I made her many years ago with a paper clay shoulder plate, arms and legs. If she seems somewhat familiar looking, it because this doll's instructions were in the book Dollmaking with Papier Mache and Paper Clay by Doris Gotilly, 1998. The basic pattern and technique calls for using a Styrofoam ball for the base for the head. The instructions in the book are excellent with lots of photos. Variations of this doll pattern appear on eBay and other places quite frequently. I made this doll in 2001 and she has been in Picture Trail albums ever since but the photos there are not very good.
This particular doll is shiny because I coated her with a synthetic varnish that dries to a durable, hard finish. She has not yellowed, aged, or cracked over time. When I try to photograph her, I have to be careful of the shiny reflections that bounce off her head. She never really looks as nice as she really is due to the angle I use to avoid bounce from the flash.
She was beautifully dressed by Eileen of Eileen's Attic. Notice those wonderful buttons that match the fabric in her skirt. She is 18 inches tall and I weighted her bottom, so she sits nicely. (She decided to stand for the photo and show off her skirt which is a luxurious pin wale corduroy that almost feels like velvet.)
The dolls in my collection are in the process of being moved around and as I take them out of their dwelling places, I am taking new photographs. I may post some here as I go along.
Enjoy your day!