I recently began working on an art doll and you can see where I began here.
Now, lying amongst the silks and satins on my cutting table, sometimes she looks dejected …
… sometimes she looks hopeful …
She has a strong personality despite her SpongeBob Squarepants body shape. But she’s waiting quietly while I take the time to design and tailor her clothing.
I had always planned to design and print the fabric for the underskirt, so using photoshop to blend multiple layers of texture and color I finally end up with a fabric design that looks like rusted antique lace; nothing like what I had first envisaged.
But the visual complexity and texture seem appropriate; she seems to have ancient wisdom and knowing in her eyes. A fabric to reflect her spirit seems appropriate. It prints out beautifully onto habotai silk; no rough cotton for this little red headed girl.
And so on to auditioning threads for the embellishments. Because this story is all about embellishing.
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