Editorial Note

January 15, 2008 at 10:57 pm (Uncategorized)

I’ve been busy with some updates today. First, check out the new “About the Author” page on the right, if you want to know a lot of boring stuff like my purpose and policies and the names of my cats.

Second, Marika Spijkers has been kind enough to match up all the pieces pictured in my “Ahoy 2007” post with the artists who made them. I have incorporated the artists’ names and web addresses into the post, so give it another look and follow the links when you have a chance. Even if you can’t read Dutch (like me!) it’s still worth it to look at the gorgeous pictures of their work.

Finally, just so you don’t go away without some new doll art to look at, artist Stefania Morgante has posted an interview with Croatian artist Nives Cicin-Sain on her blog, Gufobardo, so check it out. Stay tuned for more artist interviews on her site coming in future months.

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Donna Sims: texture and color

January 5, 2008 at 12:38 am (Uncategorized)

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I come from a family full of teachers, so today I am thrilled to present retired teacher Donna Sims. Sims came to doll art after trying just about every other media and even working as a professional ceramist. Her work has been featured in various magazines and exhibited all over the southwest. She works in both clay and cloth, and she uses an interesting technique called cuir bouilli to make leather clothes for her figures.

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Sims’ work is colorful and packed with texture. She says her work is inspired by nature, but there’s a healthy does of imagination in there, too. Most of the pieces on her website are elves and forest folk, but she has also made some more realistic characters and some abstract figures. I’ve selected some of my favorites for you here

Cuir Bouilli seems to involve soaking leather and then forming it into a hardened shape. Sims then paints the leather with brushed-on dyes. If you want to know the nitty-gritty, including the historical uses for cuir bouilli, You can read an article by historical costumer Marc Carlson here.

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