Friday, 10 January 2014
Prim-ness - 'Hopestill'
I've been waiting for several weeks to show my latest character, as I'm so excited about where she's taken me - but she was made as surprise a gift for my very dear friend and mentor Shell, in the States; and due to the Christmas post delays has only just arrived in her new home!
Please indulge me while I explain the back story. Long time readers will know I really loved making my dolls, but I got into a rut with them and spent a while focusing on my embroidery. Much as I love and continue that, I have been thinking for some time that I really wanted to create animal characters, but with a real difference and meaning. Something unique, which is not just pretty, or interesting to look at, but which has a real connection with the person it belongs to on a deeper level.
Over the years I have made a lot of things in different styles because I thought that's what people might want, and because I constantly feel the need to 'prove' myself. I've been standing at the fork in the road for a long time, and finally found out which path I needed to take. This lady just popped into my head and needed to be made tangible.
Hopestill is made entirely of fabric, but her 'keys' are cast and re-sculpted from paper clay. The original key used for the model is a Victorian bunch which has been in my family for ever - I have no idea what they were for, but they're lovely. She also has a tiny antiqued clay heart in her apron pocket.
I think I'm going to call this style 'Prim-ness'. It's not really Primitive in the full sense, as there are probably too many techniques involved, but in the basic form and simple concept, and use of natural products. Hopestill is as environmentally friendly as she can be, because that's very important to me.
Now I'm working on the next creation, but meanwhile I am completely thrilled that I've just received a commission to create another special hare.
Here's a peek of some of my gatherings and makings for her so far.
Thanks for letting me share my excitement. I wish all of you in the US who are shivering in the Polar Vortex, comfort, warm breezes and signs of spring very soon. Take care and keep as snug as you can.x