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!
Now that the wedding extravaganza is over, I can begin to focus on my beloved monsters again. Tomorrow is my last day of holiday before I go back to work so I will be up bright and early to get my craft room sorted (it currently looks like an explosion in a bridal shop) and get crafting.
We used purple gingham fabric to cover the tables at our reception venue and I have tonnes of the stuff left, so I’m planning to incorporate that into a few creations. I have a deep love of the 1940’s and 50’s which is beginning to permeate my life and is finding its way into my hair, make-up and style of dress. I love victory rolls, girdled waists and a slick of red lipstick. I had great fun last summer cooking up my 40’s inspired bathing beauty Veronica Flipperstone, complete with polka dot swimsuit and floral swimcap.
I’m thinking of adapting her design into an Elvgren-esque pin-up girl with a saucy gingham outfit, perhaps teamed with a pair of roller skates.
Of course christmas is coming up to so I can’t resist a few sparkly festive monsters too. I entirely expect to be covered in glitter well into 2013. I’ve been doing a bit of sketching this evening to get myself prepared. I’m excited!
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.