Life is busy, but learning something new always brings joy. I've been taking an iPhone Only Photography Class with David Molnar. It's fabulous.
I wanted to improve my skills taking pictures of my work. I use my iPhone camera more than I do my other cameras. So I figured I might hone my skills. I've been taking a lot of photos and learning a lot. Here are a few examples:
Not only am I learning about photography, but I am picking up tips for my next class I lead online.
I hope you're learning
something new, too!
A while ago, I purchased some tubular cotton bandage material to use as stockinette for the surface of an antique inspired doll. I used it on this doll below - it was a little too loosely woven. But it works perfectly as a shipping material.
Recently I sent some dolls to be featured in Art Dolls Quarterly's fall issue. Once of them is shown above, When I ship things now, I like to tuck the dolls into a stockinette tubular sleeve. It keeps the plastic from the bubble wrap away from the painted areas.
~ Dixie Redmond
I've been working on the Philadelphia Sheppard Baby doll pattern a bit at a time. I bought a beat up Sheppard Philadelphia doll a while back to use for study. It is a large doll. I decided to downsize my pattern to 75% of the original antique doll.
When I designed my Izannah Walker doll pattern I did not own an original doll to use as a guide. I had taken scads of pictures of original dolls and used them as a guide. By approaching it that way, I had to distill the hallmarks of Izannah's design features. Now that I own an antique Izannah Walker doll I would approach it a bit differently.
And yet. Sometimes one work made by a maker is unique and has features not representative of the category. With the Philly Baby I am studying, the head is HUGE. The measurement from the bottom of the torso to the shoulder plate line is the same as the measurement from the shoulderplate line to the top of the head. I'm not sure I want the pattern to have a head that is that over sized. So it is decision making time. Do I want my pattern to be an exact copy of the doll I own? I don't think so.
I was showing my husband my progress and said, "I need to work on the toes." A tiny shift of a seam line can make all the difference in the shape. Engineering at work. Turning flat cloth into a holder for volume. Anyway, my husband the smartie pants said, "I think you need to work on more than toes."