Thursday, November 19, 2015


I was painting this little boy's face when news of the Paris terrorist attacks was filtering through.......I have called him "Etienne" - it seemed apposite, and also, I think he has a kind of European look to him. He is a 12' (30 cm) jointed cloth doll with a cloth over clay head painted with artist's acrylics. His hair was formed using cotton thread impregnated with glue and applied to his head. He sports some nice warm hand-knitted winter woollies, wool fabric shorts in brown with a fine lighter stripe and I made his socks with some new 2-ply merino yarn that I sourced from  
Morris and Sons in Sydney. 

He has leather lace-up suede, no less! He is one of my "Pensive Children" series - no. 10.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Little Christmas.....

 Here's a little Christmassy "Sukeshi" doll I made for an online show and can get details from this blog:   This is "Snowbird".

And here's a little boy "Pensive Child" that I am working on. I was painting him as news from the dreadful events in Paris was filtering through - I've called him "Etienne".

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Pensive Child

My house is now listed, repairs and tidying up done, so now I can relax a bit and get back to my waiting work.......although keeping the house always tidy and free of clutter and ready for inspections takes a bit of effort!
I have a few orders pending for my "Pensive Child" dolls - both boys and girls, which is fun! I don't often get to make boys. So I've been busy making heads and sewing bodies to get these little sweeties out as soon as I can. I have other orders on the go as well, so it is nice to get a bit of uninterrupted studio time. Just chipping away at it........I do so love making these little cloth children with their serious but tender faces, sturdy jointed cloth bodies and no-nonsense unfussy play clothes!


Saturday, October 31, 2015


I've been a little neglectful of my blog for a few weeks, only because I've been extremely busy getting my house and studio in order, as I've decided to sell and move into town to something a little more manageable.......I'm finding five acres a bit much for me to keep under control by myself. 

Bob and I built this little house and then the studio ourselves and it's always been a warm, snug, welcoming place, so it's not without a little regret that I am doing this. But the time seems right - I'm ready to move on and begin a new phase. I'm not getting any younger and the longer I leave it, the harder (in a physical sense) it will be to make the move.

Here are a few photos:

Cosy wood-fire

Dining room

My sunny reading nook


Backyard tree


One end of the studio

I'm hoping someone will buy my house and studio, make it their own and love it as much as I have

Saturday, October 17, 2015

How Nice To Be Home!

As wonderful as travelling is, it is always nice to get back home again and have a cup of tea made with the Right Tasting Water. I'm starting to realize how important that is!

I had a wonderful week in the West, teaching at Fibres West - what a great, well-run event it was! Kudos to Martien van Zuilen  for her first effort at organizing this event. The venue was are some photos taken about the environs:

                                                               Here's my class:

And some work I managed to get completed while I was away:


And "Sweet Pea" 

Monday, September 28, 2015


As I am about to head off interstate - this time to Western Australia - for a stint of teaching at an event called FibresWest, I have been busy preparing for my class and for my slide talk presentation........but I've still managed to get some of my own work done as well as completing orders, like this one. This was how they looked nestled in the box of padding before I sent them......cloudbabies!

And here is another mixed-media piece, which I've called "My Back Pages" (yes, I stole that!)

 And with Spring coming on, there is lots to do outside in the garden. At least I am mostly on top of it!

Monday, September 21, 2015

A Foray Into Zebradom

It's amazing how a very small thing can trigger an entire body of work, or an artistic detour.......for me it was this birthday card ("Baby and Zebras" designed by Suzan Visser for Edition inkognito) given to me recently by one of my sisters:

 I love zebra patterning, but what triggered something and set the thinking-wheels in motion was the tiny child on the zebra's back. A series of anthropomorphic animals! The first would be a zebra: here is the planning drawing and the head I made for it:

I made a cloth body with hip knee and shoulder joints - it needed to be as well-made as I could make it, as the doll would be unclothed and the fabric body would be on show, albeit with a striped livery that might disguise a few flaws! Here is the doll assembled before painting:

Then I went to town painting the stripes - that was fun! I used lots of zebra pictures as references and made a bit of it up as I went along. I cut a slit in the top and the back of the head to insert alternate pieces of black and white fur fabric for the mane......I never realized before that a zebra's mane follows the stripes in colouration.

I'm planning a fox next.


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