Carnevale di Venezia is an annual festival held in Venice Italy every year, except this year of course. The festival is famous for the elaborate costumes and especially the ornate masks worn by everyone. This doll was created for a challenge for an art doll conference but due to the Covid pandemic the conference was held virtually so they did not include the challenge this year.
Because I had already started creating the doll I decided to finish her, she was so much fun to create. The armature for the doll is actually a gourd that I cleaned, cut, painted and glued to a wood base. I made the dress with a fabric I found at a clearance store that only cost one dollar. The fabric is such a beautiful color blue ! The arms and hands are fabric sculpted and the head is a gourd that I sculpted a face with paper clay and painted with acrylic paint. The hat is made with the blue fabric with lace fused to it and made into flower petals. The smaller masks are gourd pieces I cut and painted.
A fun piece to create even if the challenge was not held.
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I have had this pattern of a Tasha Tudor doll for quite awhile and never found the time to make her. The original pattern is by Leslie O’Leary, a very talented doll artist that I have admired. Her art dolls, especially the Asian dolls are gorgeous and one day I hope to make one.
During this period of time during the self isolation or self sheltering Covid 19 pandemic I decided this would be a good diversion from all negativity in the world and take me back in time when in my early 20’s I was a librarian/media specialist. My love for literature, especially children’s literature is still very dear to me and Tasha Tudor’s beautiful illustrations are a favorite.
Besides a lack of time the other reason it took me awhile to create this doll was searching for the perfect fabric for her dress. I was looking for a blue flower fabric but the print had to be small, not huge and it had to be a random pattern. I had looked at fabric stores, quilt shops, just about everywhere and could not believe it when I found it at a flea market – in a bag of quilt scraps a lady was giving away for free.
Once I got started I of course made some changes, I wanted her to be free standing so I added supports in her legs, I painted her shoes right on the fabric instead of using felt. Her dress is a little different then the pattern and instead of mixing different patterns for her scarf I used the same fabric. For her apron I found a small cloth napkin that was my mother’s and she had embroidered a small blue flower on the corner. So I wanted to highlight that little blue flower by having her hold the apron in her hand. Her head and face are totally different from the original pattern. I have not mastered needle sculpting and I really do not like cloth dolls with the seam in the middle of a doll’s face so I had add small amount of paper clay to the cloth, gesso the face a few times sanding in between until I can barely see a hint of a seam and then I paint the face using acrylic paints. The hair is wool roving and wool yarn that I felted, I decided not to add a scarf to the hair because I just loved how her hair turned out.
All in all she took about a month to create and I was able to self isolate and still keep very busy ! I really love how she turned out, I may add some little blue flowers in her other hand to make her look like she just walked out of the “Secret Garden”. Ü
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