Wednesday, July 25, 2012

LoopyBoopy's Goth Art Dolls




I first met Colleen Downs,  aka LoopyBoopy,  several years ago at Etsy when she joined me and others in our campaign for a dolls and miniatures category on that site.  The first time I saw one of Colleen's dolls, will admit I wasn't sure what to think about it but the longer I looked at the pic, the more I began to like the doll.  There was something about the eyes and facial expression...


Colleen is a self-taught artist who creates one of a kind (OOAK) Art Dolls never to be reproduced.  Clay and sculpting have always been what feels most natural to Colleen as a means of expressing herself through art.




All of Colleen's dolls are entirely sculpted by hand from polymer clay.  She doesn't care for the resin finish of polymer so she does everything possible to cover it up...first gessoed, then covered in layers of acrylic paint, pastels, and artists pencils.  Clothing is made from vintage fabrics scraps, laces and notions.  Colleen said she spends a lot of time scouring estate sales, garage sales and the internet for the perfect antique and vintage textiles for her dolls. She creates the patterns and hand stitches every seam, hundreds of tiny stitches on each piece.  the dolls' hair is made from yarns and lambs wool. Most of her dolls are completely pose-able, some semi pose-able.


"Dollmaking has been a therapeutic experience and process for me, helping to relive, review and ponder emotions and feelings that were buried deep years ago and are now able to surface through my work. Each doll has its own personae and each one is dear to my heart and reveals a little piece of myself.  Dolls are meant to be inter-active, and though Art Dolls can be delicate and should be handled with care, I do like that mine can be moved and set into positions that enhances the emotion I'm trying to relay."



After all these years of knowing her real name, I still fondly call Colleen,  "Loopy".  Take a stroll through her Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/loopyboopy

Monday, July 16, 2012

Kerri Pajutee's Awesome Miniature Animals




As a self-taught artist, Kerri has always enjoyed the creative process.  Her favorite subjects have always been animals, and her art is motivated by them. together with a desire to capture an animal's special personality with each individual work.


The majority of Kerri's sculptures are created in the traditional dollhouse miniature 1/12 scale (one inch = one foot) and are expressly designed to reflect an encounter with or an endearing memory which will, in her words,, "delight the heart and bring a smile to the face of the observer."



Her animals are sculpted using polymer clay over an aluminum foil and wire armature, painted, and then given the final step of applying natural fibers which adds realism.



Her sculptures are internationally recognized among miniature enthusiasts, and is displayed in many private collections and specialty museums.


To see more of Kerri's fantastic sculptures, visit her web page,  http://kerripajutee.com/

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Bringing The Good Old Days To Life In Miniature



 Bill Duncan of BD Wagons is probably one of the best-known model horse vehicle makers in the World. His miniature scale carriages, carts, sleighs and other horse-drawn vehicles are very detailed and realistic.

 

He is the kind of guy who can't sit still.  Bill's involvement with model horses came about thanks to an accident and the need for something to do while he recovered, so his older brother, who was a boot and saddle maker, kept him from going crazy by showing Bill how to carve a little saddle tree. Before he knew it, Bill had also made a model saddle. From then on, one thing led to another and he discovered the world of model horses.
 





He went to Breyerfest to get an idea of the types of saddles and harness people were showing, and it was there he first saw the Harness Class. After Bill got back home, he started building.

 

From his own designs and plans, Bill began to create wagons, saddles, and tack for model horses.  He has expanded his hobby and now makes model horse size vehicles of all types, in a wide range of styles, which include western style to royalty designs, and everything in between. 



Bill mainly works in 1/10th to 1/9th scale which is Breyer Traditional but he also builds in 1/12th (Breyer Classic) and 1/16th (Peter Stone Pebbles) scales.  All of his vehicles are made by hand using hard woods. All axles, hinges, springs, etc. are also made by hand from metal. The only purchased items on any of Bill's vehicles are the nails, bolts, nuts, and those he custom orders.

 

"Not only do you need to know the history, design, and woodworking; you have to think small! Nothing is big in this business!"


For your model horses (as well as for model train collectors), you will find some of the finest BD Wagons' hand-crafted replicas of items from the Old West and Victoria Era.  They include: buckboards, ice wagons, goat carts, surreys, doctors' buggies, sulkies, stagecoaches, farm wagons, ox carts, carriages, cabs, and many others as well as saddles and tack.




Visit Bill's website for more photos and info on purchasing his amazing work: http://www.bdwagons.com


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Miniature Handmade Pottery By Mostly Art




Like many artists, Joyce Barmore had explored many different types of works before settling on the miniature art pottery that has become her trademark and earned her a great following in the miniature world, and has won her both acclaim and praise from collectors.


Joyce creates every piece of miniature pottery using her hands, fingers, and an Xacto blade.  Her "perfect tool for many things" which lasted for about a year was a toothpick which she carved and sanded.  She said she practically cried when it broke.  If the style of her miniature pottery looks familiar, it is because almost every piece she creates is in many ways a tiny replica of the life-size Arts and Crafts, Mission, Art Nouveau, and Majolica pottery styles.



Her 'studio' is her living room where, she says, the television provides background noise; in her kitchen she has a small tabletop kiln for firing her mini pieces.  In addition to her miniature pottery, there are handmade mini flowers, polymer art dolls and fairies, beadwork, ornaments, doll clothes, and treasure/memory boxes that also spring from her living room work bench.



Joyce's favorite medium to use when hand sculpting her pottery is earthenware ceramic with a bit of porcelain thrown in.  She really enjoys glazing..."It's almost a Zen-like meditation.  Glazing is probably the hardest thing to do with 'painting' so small, brushing on so many coats, but it is also my favorite part when making miniature pottery."  Not only are there many coats of glaze involved per piece but there are generally many different colors of glaze used.


 Like her theory of knowing when to stop to create the perfect piece of art, and as Zen as the art of glazing is for her, Joyce knows the secret of being an artist is to fearlessly go forward.


Check out Joyce's Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/mostlyart