Dolls, Fibre Scultpures and Costumes

Archive for November, 2011

Another show – Contes D’Hiver

Our local community is having an art show Contes d’Hiver  – Winter Tales. At la Ruche d’Art – 4525 Saint Jacques, Montreal.  Near the St. Henri metro station. Vernisage December 3rd at 2 – 7.

Now most of my dolls wear a few beads and are decidedly tropic so I decided to make a winter focused doll – wearing clothes.   I started with the goddess Skadi in mind – the Norse goddess of snow and ice (and skiing) .  As I worked on her, playing with fabrics and poses, she slowly came into being.  Since I had very little time I started with a half finished head that I had laying around.  Doesn’t everyone have heads just laying around? LOL.  I added the upper body and arms over a wire frame for the bottom.  Then I dressed her in layers of white and silver and iridescent fabrics.   As I worked she started to have more to say about who she was.  She is called “Ice Storm”  now.   She brings that incredibly dangerous beauty that is the result of freezing rain, when the country side turns to sparkling ice and your car ends up sideways in the driveway and you crawl on hands and knees to the house, dripping with sweat.

Ice Storm

Ice Storm

This is not the greatest picture but I haven’t finished the base yet either.

Besides this piece I have been working on the crafts for the fair the following weekend .  Lots of little hands and fingers:

165 fingers

Mood Ra Hand pins


Back to ART!

After the fun at Con-cept, the sci fi convention,  I dove into lots of manual labour to prepare the house and garden for winter.  The garden is now free of weeds and other growing things.

Weed be gone

The shed has been emptied, we and the neighbours ended up having “free Cycle” day.  I put everything out in the alley with a big sigh that it was free.  All days things went and new things showed up.  It was quite amazing.  Lots of kids toys and clothes changed hands.  One lady especially took my heart.  She took home lots of toys and baby things with tears in her eyes saying “This is hundred of dollars of things!!!  My kids will be so happy!”

After that I plastered and painted the stairwell which got so badly battered in the moves.  I re-arranged the living room so we could have the heat on and re-organized the kitchen so the new freezer would fit.  I had hoped to paint the studio but I just ran out of warm weather and energy.  Oh and all the windows got washed and prepped for winter too.  I am so done with this “simple back to the earth ” life!  Every part of my body hurt and my hands hardly worked at all.  But it is done until the snow flies and has to be shovelled.

But I am back to art.  I am making small stuff for Christmas craft fairs at the moment.  Doll pins, tea cozies, dancing fairies and other things like that. A bit boring but fun to play with fabric again.  It gives my hands a bit of time to recover before I try anything more complicated.  Besides just working with fabric usually triggers all sorts of design ideas.

I will be at the Old Skool Crafts on December 10 – 11  Foires Artisanales Des Fêtes – L’Église St.Michel, 105 St.Viateur O.