An Early Dixie Redmond Doll

Back in 2007, when I was a fairly new doll maker, I made this Izannah Walker inspired doll, which is now being sold on Ebay. It was one of my first attempts at making a clay over cloth doll and maybe my second or third attempt at an Izannah doll.  Ah, the beginning of a quest!  You can see more of the images from 2007 here:

In the past seven years I have become a better sculptor and painter.  But the path to being better was through making these early works.  The last time one of my early dolls showed up on Ebay I bought it, thinking I would resculpt it.  But I can't afford to keep doing that.  ;-).  

This doll is BIG, close to 30"!  If you're interested in the Ebay auction, you can view that at this link:


Martha said...

I think you did a good job in your first dolls. Better than me. Mine were really primitive with giant hands. I made my sister a doll about two years ago, and recently went to see her. the doll was terrible. I was shocked to see how bad it really was, but she didn't think so. You make lovely dolls and this doll on ebay is pretty too. You had a good beginning and now you have experience and polish on your side. Practice and experience usually show up in all our work, but sometimes they can work against us too, hopefully we have enough experience to know when our work is what it should be and what we want it to be.

Hill Top Post said...

Yes, we may get better at sculpting, painting, and sewing, but it seems to me we may lose something, too. Martha says "practice and experience can sometimes work against us too." I think this early doll of yours is truly wonderful. I wish you could bring her back home to keep as is.

Dixie Redmond said...

Martha - thanks. I agree that the goal is to make fresh works using that base of experience and practice. It is shocking, though, to see some of the roughness in early works. It's okay, though. :-) I had a lot of fun and learned a lot making that doll.

Dixie Redmond said...

I can't buy any more big dolls! ;-) It makes me feel like I have extra children. I'd like to make some dolls with a looser feel again.

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden