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Book: We make dolls

by Admin on 26/10/2012

in Books

Book reviewed by Megan Enright: Megan is wife to a tolerant and encouraging husband and mother to four children ranging in age from 18 years down to 5 years. She spends her days keeping company with her 5 year old daughter and her evenings cheering on the sidelines as her older sons deal with homework, sport and other teenage issues. In her quieter moments, she likes to knit, embroider, sew and cook. She’d like to have the time and talent to crochet and quilt….maybe one day.  She can be found at Notebook from home blog.

We Make Dolls!: Top Dollmakers Share Their Secrets & Patterns

Jenny Doh. Lark Crafts (June 2012).

First of all, this is a seriously gorgeous book to read. My 5 year old daughter and I spent quite some time just poring over the pictures of cute, whimsical, pretty, quirky, personality-filled dolls. My daughter wanted me to make them all — of course!

I am not an experienced doll-maker. I have made about three easy dolls that were mainly just a showcase for some pretty fabric I had in my stash. They were fun and quick to make. The dolls in We make dolls are, on the whole, more complicated but the extra features added by each of the doll-makers profiled certainly provide some lovely and interesting dolls.

Ten doll makers are featured and they discuss over a number of pages their influences, the sources of their design ideas and how their ideas become the reality of a doll. I enjoyed the process of getting inside a crafter’s head and gaining insight into how their projects had evolved. After each interview a couple of doll patterns are included, with each one well described with step-by step photos.

As a doll making newby I was glad of the general doll making instructions at the beginning of the book as there are many teddies and other jointed dolls which are quite complex. Also included are some small but beautiful needle felted dolls. General needle felting instructions are in the book but some experience in this area would definitely be an advantage to achieve a lovely finished product.

Along with these more complicated designs there are some dolls with simple assembly that rely on embroidered embellishment to add extra features. Denise Ferragamo has designed two Matryoshka-style dolls for the book that include simple but effective floral stitching. Even as a novice doll artist I felt confident enough to tackle one of these dolls (see my version above). Overall, I found this book quite inspirational. The idea of making one of these dolls was very appealing, even the rather dangerously named, Tattooed Man. We Make Dolls is fun and informative. Now all I have to do is to have a consensus between my daughter and me on which doll to make next!

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This one’s for the doll lovers out there. Link.

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Installations by Merinda Kelly at Über Gallery, 52 Fitzroy St, St Kilda Victoria. 05 – 30 December

A series of assemblages made from everyday and precious objects. Placed within framed boxes and behind glass, the assemblages are reminiscent of traditional museum exhibition. Kelly’s works allude to issues of mass production, globalisation and materialism, in addition to perceptions of aesthetics and value.

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The whipup 2009 calendar features 13 artists/makers/designers whose work has been featured on whipup. This year I hand picked the participants but next year I hope to open it up for everyone. Over the next 13 days I will be featuring each of the participants – so you can get to know them (if you don’t already) a little better.

September artist is Emily Moss: www.ravenhill.typepad.com. Norway based artist Emily makes beautiful Matryoshka Dolls from her home studio, each doll is unique with detailed hand painted facial features.

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The whipup 2009 calendar features 13 artists/makers/designers whose work has been featured on whipup. This year I hand picked the participants but next year I hope to open it up for everyone. Over the next 13 days I will be featuring each of the participants – so you can get to know them (if you don’t already) a little better.

April featured artist is Mimi Kirchner: www.mimikirchner.com/blog. Mimi is a fibre artist and doll maker. Her dolls are beyond amazing, with extraordinary attention to detail and personality.

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