Thursday, November 4, 2010

My Favorite doll / answering a question I hear from time to time.

I have had followers ask, out of all the dolls we have made, which is my favourite or do I have a favourite.

Its funny, one might think this would be a very hard question to answer but its not for me. You might think my favourite would be my most recent doll and of course the most recent is usually the best as with any artist. The more dolls we make, the more we perfect our work and of course the newest doll are always among my favourites.

I take the process of creating a doll very seriously and I put so much though, effort and energy into each and every one to make them come to life and give them a personality and a wonderful accurate and correct patina.
As I complete a doll and it "comes to life" so to speak, on occasion, one will really speak to me. This doll is the one which from the moment I finished her, spoken to me the most.

She is not a fancy doll, she is not even 100% correct in every way for a late 17th century English wooden, and for anyone who knows me, they know I am a real stickler for perfection and authenticity in every way and I am not happy unless all aspects of a doll are as perfect as I can make it.

Having said that, this little William and Mary period imp with her adorable face and sweet expression captured my heart from the moment she was complete and I always keep her close by. She can even lift my spirits and make me smile, after a really hard or bad day.

So here she is, new photos of David's all time favourite. I would love to hear comments from our followers about her.
Click on the small images as always for large detail photos.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Oh so rare

I love this doll for many obvious reasons like her face and patina, but one reason for sure would be her fabric. This is one of the rarest of the rare mid 18th century fabrics that one can find today. It is a early painted Indian cotton print. In its day, this import fabric was not costly like silks and would have been far more utilitarian in use. Because so little of it has survived today, its become such a rare treasure.

Early 18th century elegance

I think this doll has a wonderful patina and wonderfully expressive eyes. Makes you wonder what she is thinking?

UPDATE: I received a lovely compliment on this doll from a follower of our blog. She wrote:

All so lovely...
Re: Early 18th century elegance - she is so beautiful, she looks like an angel. Her eyes are incredible - she almost looks sad, but it is a beautiful sadness. I wonder what the person who made her was thinking?


Always a lovely compliment when one of our dolls is mistaken for a original antique and truth be told, it happens a lot, but this lovely lady with her very convincing patina was made by David about a year and a half ago so she is just a babe in years. Thank you for the compliment!

A very unusual and rare doll

We based this very unique doll on a antique example of a very rare 18th century wooden.