Sunday, 25 November 2012

Moths, Bugs and Winged Beauties

  There's something instantly enchanting about costume..... especially if they're moths, bugs or winged beauties!
Little Golden Moth. Her costume is made from vintage brocade and her wings from gold pipe cleaners and vintage lace. I'm afraid this doll is now SOLD

Flicker, flicker like a moth closer to the flame...
There I saw something flicker from the corner of my eye....a tiny golden moth girl..she ran from one room to another...

Been working on a series of illustrations to sell as A5 prints

                                                                       The Moth

Isled in the midnight air,
Musked with the dark’s faint bloom,
Out into glooming and secret haunts
The flame cries,
Lovely in dye and fan,
A-tremble in shimmering grace,
A moth from her winter swoon
Uplifts her face:
Stares from her glamorous eyes;
Wafts her on plumes like mist;
In ecstasy swirls and sways
To her strange tryst.
Walter de la Mare

1920's moth/butterfly costume, The Flapper by Frank X. Leyendecker 1922, Ballets Russes

Working progress... little ladybug..

Katherine Hepburn in a moth costume in Christopher Strong 1933

Top Right 'Moth and the Flame' a Silly Symphonies cartoon 1938, Wings by photographer JoaquĆ­n Blez, illustration by Margaret Clark 1920's, Katherine Hepburn in Christopher Strong 1933, vintage illustration entitled 'Chanson Papillon' (Butterfly Song) and an old cigarette card from a series called Butterflies and Bugs.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Christmas Card Designs

  I'm so pleased my Marie Antoinette dolls were a mouthwatering success and made you think of cakes, macarons and sugared almonds.
  Attention must now turn to all things festive. I'm so glad you enjoyed my tree fairies and Suzy Snowflakes and I will sleep safe in the knowledge they will be perched high and looking glamorous  among your decorative sparkles.
  I would now like to share with you my Curious Pip Christmas card designs. Packs will include 2 designs, 6 cards in all - so 3 of each design (now I'm confusing myself!) Hope you like them. Available in my shop early next week.

Friday, 2 November 2012

A Half Term Break and Lots of Sketching.....

....Spent an Autumnal, cosy and totally chilled out half term in the Pembrokeshire town of Tenby. I love being by the seaside this time of year. It was perfect. Our little boy started school in September so it was such a treat to spend a week enjoying beach walks, fish and chips, and spooky movies.

  I took time out from making dolls (the only time I had a needle and thread in my hand was to stitch a bow tie onto my little boys Halloween Dracula costume!) and concentrated solely on relaxing, sketching and illustrating....

Our Tenby flat was complete with a sea view and a window seat made cosy with blankets and plush velvet cushions!

Little doodles....

Caught a star!

Our Halloween hol also included a trip to Folly Farm which includes a vintage fun fair - amazing! My little boy and I thoroughly enjoyed our ride on this 1922 carousel.

Winter Showgirls - mad for lilac hair!

bird girl, owl girl and little clown

  I have to tell you I've been truly inspired these last few weeks by a magical gem of an Etsy find - A World's Fair Edition of Costume Sketches 1939. I had some lovely emails from the seller informing me the booklet was purchased at the estate of an elderly couple who had travelled extensively throughout their lives including a visit to this 1939 World's Fair. Its such a wonderful piece of memorabilia and I shall forever cherish it as inspiration in my doll designs. Here are a few of my favourite pages and some half worked on new designs for a postcard set.

They are so amazing!!!

This one is my favourite. I love the colours

  For this design I also took inspiration from Katherine Hepburns silver moth costume....

Katherine Hepburn in Christopher Strong 1933
 Next week I shall be working on more Christmas dolls and starting work on two exciting commissions. I'm sorry my shop is a little low on stock but things seem to fly within days of listing at the moment (my festive tree fairies have fluttered away already!) Its all very exciting and I have lots of magical dolls dancing around in my head waiting to be created so stick with me. Hope everyone has had a lovely week and I look forward to bringing you lots of new creations in the coming weeks x