There will soon be a new addition to the dollsbysasha site: Carmen. She is tall and slim, has purple and white polkadot arms and legs, long blond hair with gold highlights, and a few curls.
The room where I write this looks like backstage at the Moulin Rouge, with the bed covered with thrift-store evening gowns, tulle and scraps of netting and other materials, as Carmen's dress and petticoat take shape. I hope to post some pictures of Carmen and her dress-in progress in the next few days.
I was at the Getty Museum a few months ago to see the French, 17th and 18th Century exhibit of clothes, furniture and lifestyles, to see what I could incorporate into the dollmaking. On the way out, I stumbled upon Giacometti's statue of a tall, thin, woman. (Not sure of the title.) Naturally, I had to pose next to it!
A picture in the New York Times last year of Giacometti's six foot bronze statue, the "Walking Man" may have iinspired th etall, thin dolls. (Maybe a six foot doll is in the offing???!) Mimosa and Sophie's doll, Suki, are 31" tall. Strangely, Carmen is exactly the same height, without measuring!
Next post, I want to talk about art and dolls and what Picasso said about Matisse!
See you next week!
I admit it. I love dolls! When I was a girl, it was considered
"normal" to love dolls, collect them, play with them and have tea
parties for them. I did all of that. (I was a tomboy too, but that's
for a later post!)
But as an adult, it was harder to admit that I still loved dolls! But
after years of buying Cabbage Patch dolls for my children, after the
children grew up and moved away, I started "collecting" Barbie dolls,
and a few outfits, then a few Kens. To be fair, I also collected a few
G.I. Joes, long after my own son had grown up and put away childish things.
But the real passion started when, as an adult, I made my first doll,
Manny. He was tall and skinny and made out of a white tee shirt, with
long, black hair, also from a tee shirt. Manny was floppy and could
bend at the knees and elbows, had a long neck and a head like an alien
in Roswell, New Mexico. But he was my creation and I was hooked.
Since then, I've made lots of dolls and was surprised to discover that
many other people share my passion. One of them is my daughter and
doll-making partner, Sophie, who is learning to make dolls and who
helped make Suki, Mimosa's sister, both of whom are featured on the
dollsbysasha site this week.
We're also posting pictures of some dolls in progress because we can't
wait to share them!
Please check back on Monday, August 29, 2011, for the next
installment of Sasha's Doll Blog. And don't forget to check Sophie's
Doll Blog, too!
See you next week!
Sasha : )