Wednesday, 27 March 2013

'They'll Never Know its You!'

  Here is the second in my series of circus inspired illustrations.
  I'm hopelessly in love with all the old photos I find picturing circus performers sat around posing for photos, doing their washing, drinking tea or rehearsing. What do they do after the show is over? a wild party? an early night?
  I really hope the illustrations I produce in this series spark your imagination and enable you to build stories in your head.
They'll Never Know its You!  Gouache on pastel paper


Not strictly circus but the big animal heads inspired my illustration

I love this photo!

Friday, 22 March 2013

Belinda and the Bear

  A few weeks ago I started on a series of illustrations - which I hope will work magically alongside my new circus dolls.

  I'm not quite sure how many I'm going to produce but at the moment I have a head full of images and several pages of sketches.

  I have a brand new printer and have been doing my research on the best quality paper to suit my printer and work. I look forward to listing a whole series of prints for you very soon. I'm hoping for quite a collection!

Belinda and the Bear  Gouache on pastel paper (I like to mix things up a bit)


Monday, 18 March 2013

More Circus Dolls...

  Two more circus showgirls......

Both these dolls have the slightly new shape, nipped in waist and shoulder structure.

1920's style gold flapper wig, silk turban and matching costume ensemble with gold star sequins and a green velvet cape. All vintage fabrics.

I have now added a white feather and simple headdress to this showgirls detailed costume made from new and vintage fabrics.

Vintage blue velvet costume to which I have added gold beads. Pink frill with star sequins and sparkling headdress with felt and sequined star. Powder blue tights.

Olga Baclanova in Freaks 1932 I was inspired by her high collared cape and simple sparkling headband.
I love this picture. I'd love to have a go at making a headdress like the one on the right...

Waiting for beads and sequins!
Added some large dusky pink feathers


Beautiful vintage illustration

Circus Girl 1920's

Amazing picture from one of my favourite books The Circus 1870's-1950's

Friday, 8 March 2013

Alpine Peggy and creations in the pipeline...

  Spring crocuses are appearing and the snowdrops are raising their lazy heads ...but Alpine Peggy is still in Winter wonderland!
She is now complete with her skis (made from paper mache and painted skewers! they have also been varnished so have a bit of a shine)


   Also this week I have been fighting a battle with my new printer/scanner grrrr! I have three designs to send out to clients for their custom orders and currently am unable to send - Boo! Hopefully once my husband gets his technical brain into gear this weekend all will be happy days!
  Gradually been pottering away at little exclusive project/collaboration over the last month (I can't showcase it just yet but sure I will be able to eventually) What I will say though is its got me obsessed with all things circus history again (little clue for you there) so have been sketching and starting work on more circus dolls for listing in early May.
  Mini preview of the first...
 Have a super weekend! x


Friday, 1 March 2013

Ski Slope Miss - working progress

  Before everything becomes positively Spring like this month, let me introduce you to this Ski Slope Missy - inspired by my snowy, Scottish holiday several weeks if making 4 Ski inspired dolly face corsages wasn't enough..........

  When I started work on this doll I had in mind a slightly different body shape. I've been playing around with several new body shapes for a while and as a result this little lady has straighter arms, a bit of structure in her shoulders, shes taller, head is slightly smaller and she has a waist! I was inspired by my little collection of antique wooden dutch dolls (which are dotted around my shelves - love them) I also took some inspiration from the old boudoir dolls of the late 20's and early 30's.
  I will be working a little more on this creation, as I want to give her some Skis and some white boots with tiny black buttons down the side.

Centre: Maureen O'Sullivan

  I've given her cupid bow lips and added snowdrops to her lashes. She has a felt jacket, hat and mittens - onto which I have stitched a Nordic pattern. Her baggy skipants, top and scarf are made with vintage fabrics.
.....Her hair is proper old vintage mohair  - probably the very same used on old boudoir dolls and wigs. Its quite rough to the touch but works perfectly.
 Bette Davis


Norma Shearer sporting skiwear in the mountains of Switzerland