Sunday, January 25, 2015

Little Freja

"Freja" is the small (11") jointed cloth doll I took to String Camp to finish in my "spare" time - what little there was of it! So in between the Hindemith and Dvorak, chamber music and a couple of concerts I managed to get this little girl dressed. A few people commented that she looked Scandinavian, which hadn't occurred to me, but I I gave her the Scandinavian name "Freja".

By the way, the music camp was was the 25th year that it has been held and it has grown very large over the years - 160 players, 40 staff (conductors, tutors and other helpers) and four orchestras of different standards starting with an entry level orchestra. For the last two camps I have found myself in the second violins of the top orchestra. playing full scores in sometimes difficult keys, some of it very fast and with lots of contrasts and changes in dynamic etc. Whew! Hard work, but I managed to keep my head above water, Just. Still recovering.

Because it was the 25th year, we held a celebration dinner on the Wednesday with cake, balloons, presentations and speeches from the founders. All good fun. I have no photos - I was too busy - but you can go to the LYCO website and you should be able to find some pictures there. Just go to the Summer String Camp link on the left - it will probably be a little while before the photos are there........everyone is recovering!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Little Cloth Doll

Eleven inches (28 cms) jointed cloth. She has five joints: hips, shoulders and neck. Looking a bit grumpy in her birthday suit with only a woolly hat as she waits to be properly dressed!

Thursday, January 1, 2015


New page turned........365 pristine pages waiting to be written upon. I hope the story you write for 2015 is full of all you wish for. Me, I'm planning a year full of exhibitions, teaching and art-making. And music.


"Weeping Forest"

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Season's Greetings

Only a few more sleeps!

To all the followers and readers of my blog, thank you for your support and interest throughout this year.........have a safe and wonderful Christmas and all good things in 2015!

See you on the other side of the festivities!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Change.

Over the last few months I have been rather intensively concentrating on making sculpture (with the odd doll thrown in, because sometimes I just NEED to make one). And then last week I got what is a rather large order for some finished "Zozie" dolls. After getting back from setting up my Hobart exhibition, I got stuck right in, because I want to get them done and sent off before Christmas. Work is well underway and I should have the order ready to go out at the weekend.  Although these are quicker to make than most of the dolls I make, this is still fairly labour intensive. But I don't really mind that. And I like to make each one a little different, even though their little faces come out of the same mould and their bodies are made to the same pattern.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tiny Old Masters

I've been having a lot of fun re-interpreting famous portraits of women as miniatures in high relief. Each one is framed in a small glass-fronted shadow box and painted as closely as I can get to the original, notwithstanding that I am working from reproductions and very small. I'm calling this ongoing project "La Femme Encadree" (the woman in the frame) and the joyful thing about it is that I will never run out of material - there are so many wonderful portraits out there!

These are the first three of hopefully many.......I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them! (Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, Modigliani)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

On A Roll..........

I'm getting to the pointy end......I am participating in a group exhibition in Hobart opening next month (more about that in a day or two) and I set myself a goal to make fifteen new pieces. With just two weeks left, I have a little way to go, but I think I'm going to make it. I certainly won't be stressing if I only get to thirteen or fourteen......Needless to say, I'm not doing very much of anything else!

While I am enjoying the work, I'm looking forward to a slightly less frenetic pace over summer. Who knows? I might even get to work on some projects that are sheer indulgence!

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