Saturday, 24 November 2018

Steampunk Crows

Well I cannot believe that we are well into November.  The weather has been so beautiful, unusually warm and sunny most days.  Alas, the rain has started and the leaves, once so beautiful and colourful, are now yellow and blowing off the trees.

Time to get crafting!  I thought I would make a couple more steampunk crows before the end of the year as I have had interest from the Coast Collective gallery (Wale Road, Collwood, BC) and from Two Hoots Gallery (Cobble Hill, Fisher Rd).

I ended up making three crows:

My first crow well, she is a world traveller and I even made her a wee travel journal, full of travel quotes: (This one is at the Coast Collective)

Cloth, polymer clay, found objects

The wee crow on her head is also polymer clay

You can see her metal purse on her crow foot!
The second crow is all about the light, so I named him "Lighten Up": (this crow is at Two Hoots Gallery in Cobble Hill)

He sits atop a light house

His wee companion inside is made all of polymer clay with metallic paint


Finally, to round off the trio, I made the iconic "Time Flies" to symbolize that the year is moving quickly to its end:

Take a look at his forked feet!


Notice this crow is tech savvy with his computer board on his wing

He is ready for flight and a new year!

Thursday, 8 November 2018

First Chance Craft Show-Sidney BC

Once the doll show was over (October 21st), I could not rest as the First Chance Craft Show was just around the corner (November 3 and 4th). 

This was my second year at this juried show in Sidney BC and it was great fun and quite successful.  My ornaments were almost all sold (no dogs or kitties left) and many of my wooly critters went to new homes.  I even sold some of my larger bears and folk art dolls.

Here are some photos of my booth:











Now I have to get busy and make more ornaments for the Coast Collective Gift and Wishes show which starts November 14th and runs to December 23rd!

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Go Figure III

Our doll club, the Cloth-a-dollics of Victoria, had a very successful gallery show at the Coast Collective Art Centre in Collwood.  Fourteen of our members participated and the reviews from the public and our peers were encouraging and very positive.  Here are some photos of the event: (October 10-21, 2018)  























Thanks to all who came to see the show and to all who supported our endeavour.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Santos Cage Dolls and Such

Our doll club, the Cloth-a-Dollics had a "cage doll" challenge that was due this month, October.  I have already shown my steampunk cage doll and now I wanted to share the three other cage dolls that I made:  the first two are Frida cage dolls (I love everything about Frida, her passion, her love of Mexican culture and folk art, her love of animals and nature, her art, her spirit...)


Frida as a young vibrant Mexican young woman

A needle felted fawn at the bottom of the cage and a parrot.



This represents Frida's life as an artist with love, passion, pain, and  art

The blue cage represents the "Blue House" that she loved and lived in in Mexico City


One of her many self portraits


The final cage doll is the traditional Santos using a pattern by Arley Berryhill.  I used many items that were in my mom's possession such as her rosaries, her drawer top doily, and her spiritual icons, the blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus.  This doll was a joy to make and is going to a great and loving home:






May love rule your heart.  Be the light and not the shadow wherever you go.  Until next time...
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