My doll enterprise continues, today with the emergence of international secret agent Carmen Hävago.
Carmen masquerades as a dumb blonde with an ass which won’t quit, but unsuspecting suitors beware. Miss Hävago has a dagger in her garter-belt and a glint in her eye. Specialising in extraction of information through her hypnotic gaze, when Carmen looks at you there’s no mistaking that she means business.
I’m pretty chuffed with how this little lady came out, and technically she is much more sturdy than the prototype in the last post. I do however feel that I’m still exploring the idea of dolls rather than monsters and am finding that I’m sewing blindly without much of plan instead of sketching a design to work from. To try to solve this problem I’m going to work on a little collection of dolls on a theme to get into the swing of things. More on that another time…
I’ve been promising a change of direction for some time now, and after a few false starts I’m finally ready to unveil my latest work.
For a while I’ve been feeling that even the name ‘Mistress of Monsters’ tends to push me towards a certain type of creation, and that I want to break out of the pigeon-hole I’ve created for myself. I love monsters and cute fluffyness, but I also love vintage fashion, pin-up glamour and all things cheeky and feminine. Besides this, I’ve wanted to work in some of the new skills I’ve developed over my three years of monster-making. It just wasn’t possible to incorporate that into my work given my back catalogue.
I was massively inspired by a pair of character dolls in my parents display cabinet which caught my eye when I was home at Christmas, and from these I’ve managed to develop a new signature shape. It’s going to take some refining and perfecting, but take a look at the first in my new line of creations.
So I’ve (hopefully) kept it recognisable as my signature style, but gone for a new shape in the ‘big head, small body’ kind of thing. I’ve used needle-felting to create her a little hairdo, and dressed her up in a saucy little outfit and matching jewellery. Once that was done, she was ready for her close-up!
Her neck is a bit floppy so I need to work on strengthening that up, and I’m aware that as a first attempt at something new, there are a few things I could do better next time round, but now that I’ve completed one, I’m bursting with ideas for the next.
You might find over the next little while that the blog might go through a little bit of re-branding, I don’t know if I can keep the name ‘Mistress of Monsters’ as I move forwards with my more doll-like creations, but rest assured you will be the first to know if anything changes!
Mr Monster and I had a most enjoyable and productive day today. I’ve been wanting to get some mini-Christmas fairy monster tree toppers done after the success of the star toppers last year, and the Mr wanted to get a fancy dress costume made. We shared the craft room and over copious cups of tea, we got creating. A succesful day was had by all. He is currently squeezing into a rather spectacular AT-ST costume (Star Wars roboty thing for the uninitiated!) and I have some lovely little fairy folk to show you.
I’ve discovered the joys of Jellyrolls. Bundles of coordinating fabric intended for patchwork, but the perfect size for making mini-monsters. I got a great roll yesterday of home-spun patterns in muted colours which I felt would be perfect for some tree-topping darlings. I managed two today and I am extremely proud of them. Take a little look
Perfect to tie on to the top of your tree!
I love the direction my work is taking at the moment. The mini-monsters are allowing me to create more rapidly and keep a coherent flow through my work. The collection is starting to look really good and I can’t wait to get them out there at a fair to see how people respond to them.
A delightful little parcel dropped onto my mat today. My copy of the second issue of the wonderful publication, Lionheart. For anyone who has been longing for a magazine which speaks of the existence we strive for, of vintage style, yummy food, art for art’s sake, and of living a full and round life, this is for you. I’m dead excited to sit down with a cup of tea tomorrow and read it cover to cover.
I’m included in this issue, the theme of which is ‘warmth’. I wrote about the cosy haven which is my craft room, and the solace I find in monstering. You can pick up a copy on the Lionheart website, and also at any of the outlets listed here. Perfect rainy day reading.
Following on from what I was saying the other day about the crafting community, I had the pleasure of meeting some of Bristol’s finest this evening.
The lovely Amy of Purple Thread Designs was holding a launch event at a local arts centre cafe this evening so I popped along to meet her and check out her amazing cross stitch kits. I’m really impressed with her designs and may have invested in one to keep me busy on those occasions when I am feeling a bit monstered out but still have an urge to craft.
Amy had set up a bit of a sewing corner and was encouraging passers-by to get stitching. I settled down with a cuppa and got chatting to fellow fabric artist and softie maker Emily Taylor of Eejits Toys. I stumbled across her creations a while ago on facebook and swiftly fell in love with them.
It was great to meet some like-minded folks in a relaxed setting and I’m really glad I went along. The three of us got to chatting and have floated the idea of a monthly craft evening; a regular night of swapping skills and ideas. An exciting prospect which I see as a really valuable tool to keep creativity flowing and to learn new techniques.
In other news, Mr Monster made me well up with this really lovely post on his blog and also, STUFFED MAGAZINE ARRIVED!!
What a great day.