Dolls and vintage lace…

Sometimes I find some old lace and have to create something special to allow it to live again. It may be torn, have small brown marks and even a musty smell, the smell of age, which I quite like! But such history deserves a unique platform to breath new life into hand-made lace so I sculpted my first paperclay doll with articulated limbs. She sits on a wooden seat with back and rusty wire.

doll fulldress detail doll

Still some lace left and late 18th century silk from a tattered night-gown. More little creatures made from paperclay and well suited to lace appeared in my studio. The first demanded  glasses and red hair, and a slightly prim expression, followed by a delicate blond-haired doll equally prim.

dool glasses copyDSCF0024blond doll copy


Boats and things…

Boats and the pages of old tattered novels I thought, why not put the two together, with a ‘wee’ bit of old linen for a sail. I have made these in different sizes so they can be hung in a group, but some have migrated to friends houses!

I sometimes like to paint the things I make turning them back to a flat image, which is a sort of back to front way of working! My ideas often emerge 3 dimensionally instead of starting with a sketch but then feel the need to return and develop into something else. The boat went well I thought with the old watch face, and the words are from an Ane Brun song which worked perfectly as a Valentines card.

boat boat & clock