Together we will create: A Fox/Raccoon adaptation, Bird, Swan, Cat, Mice, Sheep, Fish and Rabbit/Bear adaptation. The Puff platform to place the animals upon is included. Running stitches and predominantly the Blanket stitch will be used in the construction and assembly of menagerie.
The structure of these creatures is a little too sophisticated to fall into the category of Primitive. However, not sophisticated enough to fall into the category of Realistic. It is somewhere in between. There is a simplicity of line that creates a recognizable silhouette for each critter.
There are many recurring forms, shapes and manipulations that will be employed in the creation of three dimensional creatures. The class will provide opportunities to discuss the technique, construction and the expansion of ideas with in person Zoom meetings in addition to a short video and PDFs.
My doll art took root in my joy of finding a penny in the lining of a pocket. First impression is not worth much but with imagination, innovation, experimentation I would apply my life experiences to create my fabric figures. Turning the mundane into the marvelous has been a driving force in my life. I create opportunities in unlikely places.
The long doll art journey I have been on is a kind of three dimensional diary. The pages are crammed with the things that have sparked my imagination. The dolls are a result of a lifetime love affair with fabric, drawing and painting hand sewing and thread, portraiture, ethnic and historic costume and the desire to tell a story using the doll as the vehicle.
Experimentation, improvisation and discovery allow for the incorporation of the historic and cross cultural reference points, fashion, textiles and embellishment that has been my lifelong inspiration. The combination of observation with fantasy and imagination fuse the familiar with the foreign to create something new with a sense of inclusiveness.
Since experimentation is a guiding force it is not an accident that the fabric figures I create use the tools of improvisation. Yes...And...Agree and Add. Heighten and Explore.