I’ve been tagged!

February 29, 2008 at 4:42 am (Uncategorized)

I was one of those kids who sat in the back and hoped the teacher didn’t call on me. Not because I didn’t know the answer, but just because I thought I was too cool for that kind of stuff. Well, that’s kind of how I felt when I saw this game of tag going around. However, now that Teresa Clayton of TheTreadler actually thought enough of me to tag me, well, I feel kind of flattered. I know I don’t usually share much stuff about me here, but I’ve been reading about how people like reading that stuff in a blog, so here goes:

Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person that tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.
4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
5. Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.

Okay, six non-important things about me:

1. I’m dying to own a pair of cowboy boots but can’t afford them right now.
2. I’m a compulsive link-collector. I lost all my bookmarks when I lost my job in June, and at last count I have about 100 of them already. Someday I’ll have the complete set.
3. In high school, my best friend and I created a comic book universe. We decided that made us co-goddesses. My official title is “Eternal Mutant Ninja Twin Co-Goddess of Evil” (because there’s always an evil twin, isn’t there?). Now I think I understand why my dad kept me busy with so many extra-curricular activities in high school…
4. I’m left-handed, and I think it’s funny to watch YOU when YOU write.
5. My eyes are teal.
6. I went to England on my honeymoon, and I bought a copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix while I was there, just so I could read the British version. It still ends the same way, though. 😦

Okay, now. Whom shall I tag? Sad thing is, I’m only going to tag four because I don’t seem to know six bloggers. Who’s the cool kid now?

1. Esther Reeves, because I get so many hits from her blog.
2. Stef from Italy, because she actually goes to the trouble of interviewing doll artists.
3. Eva Buchala, because she’s a brilliant list co-owner (and by that I mean, not as lazy as I am).
4. Tavie Phillips, because she’s just supercool.

P.S. On a doll-related note, be sure you visit Teresa’s site to see some of the best needle-felted dolls around. I love the detail and the attention to proportions. Have a happy week!

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Red Nose Studio

February 23, 2008 at 9:32 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Editor’s note: I’m sorry I’ve been away from the blog for a while. My husband and I are both out of work now, and it’s been hard to get motivated to do much of anything. But today I was inspired to post about Red Nose Studios, and I got to musing about dollmaking, so I thought I’d share.

Why do dollmakers limit themselves to sculpting individual figures? Are we so fascinated by the human form that we just aren’t inspired to art by anything else? Maybe that’s why so many people are passionate about dollhouses; they’d be making art dolls, only they like to design the whole environment. Traditional dolls don’t have environments because they’re meant to be handled and played with, but art dolls don’t have this limitation. Are we allowing our art to be limited by its links to traditional play toys? I’m not sure that’s a legitimate reason to limit artistic expression. But we have to draw lines somewhere, or we couldn’t categorize things in any useful manner (imagine if eBay only had one category called “Art”!).

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Okay, enough philosophizing. Today’s artist is Chris Sickels of Red Nose Studio, and he is certainly not limited to creating figures. He sells his work as illustrations in magazines and books, and as such his pieces are very expressive. I love his way of stylizing not only the proportions of his figures and their environments, but also their colors. I wonder how much of the expressiveness of his work depends on his photography skills, rather than just his crafting. I envy people who are great photographers; I suck at it.

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His figures, with their prominent noses and streamlined profiles, remind me a bit of Edward Gorey‘s illustrations. I’m not sure what they’re made of; his website says his pieces are made of, “wire, fabric, cardboard, wood, miniatures and found objects,” but that seems to describe the figures’ environments rather than the figures themselves. To me, the faces look like air-dry clay or papier mache.

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The question is, are they dolls? I guess everyone has to decide that for themselves.

Check out Sickel’s work at his own website or his agent’s portfolio. Here’s a great article about his background and creative process on Illustration Friday.

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