Monday, 21 January 2013

Little More Jean....

  Well it seems my cotton top Harlow dolls are quite a hit! Thankyou so much. I really appreciate all your lovely comments, emails and reserve requests. To be honest I'm finding it a little hard to keep up. I'm really enjoying making these beauties as Jean is one of my favourite icons. I'm so happy you feel I'm doing her justice. There are currently 4 unfinished Jeans - but there could be more in the pipe line. I have decided to announce a listing time via blog, facebook and twitter so everyone who wants one has a fair chance.
  I've been a little less productive on the stitching in the last few days in favour of sketching and fabric sorting. I'm planning on selling a lot more of my illustrations during 2013 (alongside my dolls and brooches) so I'm currently researching new printers, so I can produce good quality prints at home to list in my shop.

  For now here's our 'baby' applying her makeup. This illustration is inspired by all those old beauty ads and photos of Hollywood starlets applying their beauty products...
So loved creating this little 'Jean' beauty sketch. Will play about with it a bit in photoshop to see if I can centre it a bit better...but part of me quite likes it ever so slightly uneven. Will list in my shop as a print once I have my sparkling new printer.
Combing that amazing platinum hair
From top left Mae West, Maureen O'Sullivan, Bette Davis and Norma Shearer

Possible little tag for my Jean dolls
Beautiful Jean

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Finished! The Vandeville Players!

  And so my Vaudeville Players are complete. I spent the evening adding the finishing touches to the dolls, giving them names and creating little stories for them...Hope you like them. They are now listed in my Etsy Shop

  If anyone has any questions regards these dolls and my work, please, please contact me before purchasing. These dolls are my biggest project to date and are priced to reflect the time, detail and uniqueness I have put into each piece.
Gracie, Nanette and Polly
Polly.. With her golden pin curls and heart shaped lips had dreams of becoming a great aerialist but sadly she's afraid of heights! Instead she learnt the accordion and trumpet. She's an accomplished singer and songwriter. She's also quite the comedienne and successful female clown.
Nanette....Always the talk of the town with her halo of marigold curls and rose bud lips. She is quite the blushing damsel and has many an admirer. Nanette was already an accomplished dancer when she joined the Vaudeville Players but she now incorporates juggling into her act. She dreams of the Broadway stage and performing in the Ziegfeld Follies. In her spare time she enjoys writing jingles..
Gracie...She who wows everyone with her wisecracking style and comedic songs. She is an expert tap dancer and impressive singing impersonator. In her spare time she makes beautiful masks which she adds to The Vaudeville Players incredible costume box!

Each doll comes with a little printed tag with a handwritten description of her character inside

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Vaudeville Players More Working Progress

  The Vaudeville Players are almost ready to take a bow, put their lives back in a suitcase and skip away to pastures new.

  I'm so in love with their flashy outfits, cheeky manner and cheerful demeanour. It almost seems a shame to split them up! Alas I'm sure wherever they go they will spark peoples imagination.

The Vaudeville Players
Made from new and vintage fabrics, merino wool lightly felted and then sewn onto the head, paper mache props, sequins,pom poms, a lot of time and a lot of love.
Each doll is larger than my regular dolls (as you can see from the last photo) Their bodies are slightly fuller - with built in hips to give them extra shape. They don't stand independently, as their legs bend, but I have sewn a ribbon onto their backs, so you can hang them from the wall. Each quirky character has a prop made from paper mache, which I have moulded and fashioned myself, painted and finished with a coat of varnish. Each doll will have a tag with a little printed illustration and hopefully a description of her character. Hope you like them?

Golden curls, a sequinned cap, ruffled collar, pom poms, ribbons and yellow tights!

Little portraits


Sweet yellow accordion.

Magic dancing slippers

Fantastic Miss Foxy


Sunday, 6 January 2013

Vaudeville Players Progress and New Ideas

 My latest project has been coming along slowly but surely... I've been grabbing bits of time here and there during the remains of the school holidays to work on specific sections of the process. Next week full time Curious Pip business will resume and I'll hopefully pop a few things in my slightly neglected shop. If you ever visit my etsy shop and its low on stock please stick with me as I'm always working away behind the scenes. Lots of my dolls sell pretty quick these days so sometimes you have to be super fast.


  Talking of my shop, I had some brooches in an exhibition over Christmas and the ones that didn't sell I will be listing next week at a Sale price - so keep your eyes peeled. Will tweet and post when I've listed.
  I am so full of good feeling and excitement for 2013! Have loads of ideas, some new commissions and exciting ventures, so already I am feeling pretty busy. To start with I love playing and experimenting with new materials so each of my new larger dolls have a little extra prop made from paper mache, painted in bright acrylics and varnished with clear gloss. I'm very pleased with the way they are shaping up. Here are a few working progress photos.....

Juggling Vaudeville Queen
The doll in the star pants will have a yellow accordion.

  Also his week I will be doing my upmost to resist temptation to start work on my new ideas while I'm desperately trying to finish other projects....

...however I am lured in by some of my favourite coffee table books

Sketches for possible new creations

Clara Bow, Louise Brooks and Jean Harlow...The red head, the raven haired bobbed flapper and the platinum goddess

  .........Oh to make some dolls based on and inspired by 3 of my favourite icons. 1920 gals Clara Bow and Louise Brooks and 1930's dynamite doll Jean Harlow. I've no set ideas yet but have been enjoying my research and sketching. I will bring posts on each individual icon as I set to work on creating each one.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year!

 Thank you all so much for dropping by and reading my blog during 2012. It makes me so happy that my creations and illustrations charm and delight you. You have all been so lovely in your comments and emails, I feel so incredibly flattered that my work is appreciated. I've met some lovely people through the medium of social networking, ladies you know who you are - thanks for being on my wavelength! After all, all girls love a bit of sparkle!!

Nancy Carroll

One of my vaudeville players donned a pair of star studded pants yesterday eve and danced the night away!

Styling a colourful pom pom hair accessory and pom pom pumps. I'm also making a paper mache accordion prop for this little vaudeville musician.

  Feel a bit like this today?.......Partied out?

Anita Knauer from the book Divas and Lovers