Monday, August 17, 2009

On a Roll!

Another dollie, another day -- I'm just in a doll making mood; as I said, once they start to take shape you have to keep moving because, well, I'm not quite sure why. Here's another, right on the work bench, Ms. Witch dressed for a date with the full moon.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Doll Fever!

When the WiP is a doll and he or she begins to acquire a bit of life, and then becomes a "personage," well, then it's too hard to stop. It's a bit like birth and one doesn't want the labor to last too long -- so here he is. NOSFERATU! Fresh from my workbench before posing the beauty shot -- what's not to love?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Autumnal Work in Progress

Enough of those handsome, broody young vampires! What I want is a real deal, thoroughly ka-reepy NOSFERATU, the classic threatening, suck-your-blood and leave-your-dry-husk flapping in the wind-type vampire. Something German Expressionism, Vlad-the-Impaler, spine-chilling as the leaves begin to fall ... So, what better than a doll and assemblage of all my evocative odds and ends? A page of text in Serbian, a bit of dusty velvet, tarnished brocade, blood-red silk, perhaps a palatial casket with cast iron fittings for those bright afternoons. Bwaahahaa!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Vini, Vidi, Vici

It's yard sale time on a sunny Sunday in Seattle, and boyohboy did I ever score! A page from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, dated 1883, some strange magnifying spectacles that work like a hinged pince nez; a saccharine cherub plucking a harp; a shuttle for mending fishing nets and superscore of scores -- an 1885 autograph book kept by Miss Lily of Abilene, Kansas.

The autograph has a lot of old timey stickers of all kinds, but I especially like the Union soldier (General Sherman) with roses. An interesting touch for memorabilia from Kansas in 1886; the memories then would not have been old ones.

And, the handwriting, so fine, most of it written in ink with a steel point pen.

Now these treasures need to rest awhile before they reincarnate in a tasty bit of assemblage.