I have done an atrocious job of keeping up with the blog and newsletter... and pretty much everything outside of Instagram. I just haven't had the time... or more accurately, I haven't made the time, I have been a ball of chaos all summer and now with fall approaching, I am going to bring myself back to living slightly more structured,
There is a lot to report, so this will be a rather long post.
First, I will have a piece called "Vessel" in the upcoming group show "Heart's Blood". It's curated by Beautiful Bizarre Magazine at the Haven Gallery in Northport, NY. It opens September 16th (this coming Saturday!). I will be at the opening. You may send purchase inquiries to email@example.com
Here are a couple photographs - you can see more in the dolls section of my website
Second, I will have another piece, "Dyad", in the group show "Hide & Seek".. It is curated by the fantastically talented and all around lovely Marie Larkin at the Weswal Gallery in Tamworth NSW. It opens October 15th. Here is a teaser photo of her - I will post more about her as it gets closer to the opening.
Third, Hobbes Holluck and I will have a table at the Baltimore Comic Con this year. It spans three days: September 22 - 24. I will have a few dolls, ornaments, two small homemade comics and Hobbes will have his comic, Fuzzbuquet, for sale. In the next week I'll post some images of what I will have available as well as our table number.
What is this I see? Why, two heads staring back at me. I was hoping to have everything finished by this week and now, upon reflection, I see that was an unrealistic expectation on my part. I haven't been able to squeeze as much work time as I had hoped out of the last week, but the moments I did carve out for work proved to be productive. Head number two is finished and body one is very close to done. This head is a bit different from what I have been doing. I was feeling slightly experimental and wanted to play with larger facial features on the same skull size. I am still not sure how I feel about it. I am very eager to move on to the mold and casting phase.
My annual autumn cold has it's grip on me, so apologies if this is all a bit incoherent. I have not been able to get a substantial amount of work done since finishing the Wayfarers. We are still waiting for our house to be completed (hopefully not too much longer) and with most of our things being boxed up and limited space resources where we are currently staying, my ability to produce is spotty at best. Although I haven't finished anything new since the Wayfarers, I do have quite a few dolls hanging about waiting to be listed for sale in time for the holiday season.
There are the five umber mimics from August that will be available with prices ranging from $325 and $375 USD. Also available are three original dolls from 2015 that have made their way back to me from gallery shows. I have posted updated photographs below to show any changes that may have occurred with them during their long travels. Most notably is the fabric and thread on the Ragbot doll has had some substantial fading. These three dolls will have prices ranging from $625 to $800 USD. I also have a few ornaments hanging about that I will post, in case your Christmas tree is in need of a head or two.
First a bit of business about the September update... well, there isn't going to be one. But, wait you may say... there are five dolls that should be available. And you would be correct; and they will be posted for sale soon. But, with SPX last weekend and trying to finish up two dolls for an upcoming show I just don't have the energy or time for the rigmarole of creating listings, packing and shipping. So, all five of the austere umber mimics will be listed in October. I'll post more about it in the coming weeks.
Now on to the good stuff... what I am currently working on... two mimics for the upcoming Dollmakers V show at the Cactus Gallery in L.A., opening on October 8th. A little background on them...
For at least a year now I have had this idea for an extensive project that will blend illustrated writings, dolls, and film to tell a four phase story. I have loosely started it in comic format by fleshing out the basics of the second phase with the one page stories Verdun and Prelude. Moving forward I am going to be incorporating this overreaching story into a lot of the dolls and writings that I work on. These two mimics are from that drafted second phase: Wayfarers from 'Prelude to Verdun'.
I have a few news items outside of the current pieces I am working on...
One... I have a new comic, titled Prelude, featured in the current issue of Magic Bullet that released this month. As with the others, I wrote and did the art concepts and then roped Hobbes Holluck into illustrating it. The issue is available (for free!) all around Washington DC and the surrounding areas.
Two... I will be at the SPX in Bethesda, Maryland on Sept. 17 & 18 with the DC Conspiracy at tables G9-14. I will have a collection of some of the comics Hobbes & I have done available.
Three... I will have a wee feature in the upcoming issue of Beautiful Bizarre due out on Sept 1st in their Artist on the Rise section. It is an incredible, and well... beautiful magazine and I am very humbled.
do you come here often? because it seems that i do not. my head feels a bit scattered today, so i am going to keep this short and possibly incoherent. i stagnated big time with work this summer. i was completely consumed with trying to buy a home before my husband's new job started this month. things did not go smoothly, to say the least. we finally bought a place, but with the caveat that it isn't built yet. so, i am in a holding pattern staying with family until our home is ready in four to six months. i have settled as best as i can and have resumed working this week. while it won't be quite as plentiful as i had hoped, there will still be a september shop update.
i have finished the three umber sprouting tuber mimics (minus still needing to stain their bases). the two remaining umber mimic dolls should be completed by next week. i have started a new original sculpt and sincerely hope i will be able to finish it for the september update.
yeah, yeah, yeah... lots of boring text... here's some photographs.
I feel relatively accomplished this week... and I have the scary bloodshot eyes from working late into the night to show for it. Along with five pairs of umber legs finished a couple of days ago, I just finished five dresses as well. Everything is sewn by hand and dyed with coffee + cinnamon. I dry them in the oven, giving those little burnt touches. Man, does it smell good when they're heating up. My nose keeps telling me there must be a fresh cake around and I somehow get tricked enough to feel disappointment when all I see are little dresses. My daughter and I keep sniffing the dyed legs like fiending addicts. It reminds me of fall... and for a moment I can forget it is unbearably sunny and hot outside. I have a defect body and head that I use to make patterns that I had try on the dresses for reference.
I probably won't be able to do any casting this weekend, as I am all booked up with personal things. But, I should be able to finish the arms next week and cast the following weekend. My goal is to be able to have these five done by the end of the month.
All of the vermilion + honey mimics have been sent on their merry way and now I can fully jump into a new project. In the last week or so I have been reevaluating what I have done in the first part of the year and how I want to move forward with the second half. When I originally started making mimics back in 2013, they were meant to be austere versions of my dolls so that I could have lower priced dolls as well as the more expensive one of a kind, original sculpt. This year I have moved away from that plan and made the mimics fall somewhere in the middle. While I don't mind that shift in the least and really enjoyed the sets I made this year, I want to change course a bit for the next update in September.
I will be making a set of more muted mimics as well as an original hand sculpted doll. I have really missed sculpting and I can feel my fingers losing their memory. These mimics will be all in the same fabrics, no embroidery and will be around half the cost of the previous mimic sets. Each will very slightly in hair fiber & style as well as face paint. I have almost finished a set of five legs, all dyed with that ever fragrant coffee + cinnamon... lending to this set being called umber.
The June shop update is almost here! Listings will go up in my Etsy shop this Wednesday (the 8th) at 10 am eastern time. All four of the vermilion & honey mimics will be available as well as Cthulhu, tuber, and mimic head cast away ornaments. Plus, the Ezerd inspired Ragbot doll has made her way back from her gallery journey and will also be available.
Just a note on a few minor changes... the vermilion no. 1 doll has changed slightly since I first posted photos of her back in April. I wasn't happy with her cap, so I have removed it and added more volume to her hair. Also, the some of the naturally dyed fabric on the Ragbot has faded, so I will take some new photos of her and post them tomorrow.