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I’m Overwhelmed With Dolls – and I Like It!

I thought it had been a really long time since I wrote, but my last post was Canada Day, I think, so not as bad as I thought! Summer is always full of out of the ordinary happenings and there is no schedule to follow. Weeks go past in the blink of an eye!

Back in the studio, many projects are in process. Things I really should have finished long ago. An army of silent, plastic and resin sentinals languish in the buff awaiting – something.

Hair, paint, clothing, shoes accessories, they’re all waiting for something……..

Some might find that too much, but I see a world of possibilities in all that semi organized chaos.

Again I’ll be diving in to some long simmering projects, the ones that dance and flit around the edges of my imagination just waiting for the right moment,

the right fabric,

the right Doll…….

Speaking of dolls – I have been so very lucky over the last six months to bring some amazing girls into the fold here! After stupidly resisting Inro during her initial release, I was lucky enough to find a lovely fellow collector who was letting go of her girl. She is among the unclothed army, but not for long I hope! I want something truly exceptional for her to wear, because she is incredible and not just anything will do! I also managed to buy my very first Jamieshow doll. I am now the proud owner of Black Swan in all her glory! I’m a huge ballet fan so she is really special to me. The quality of the resin is so different from my other resin girls, and the way the light hits her – bellissima!!

I am honored to own both of these beauties and each will get their own blog post complete with photos in the coming weeks…

Lorifina finally lives here too! I am quite taken with her. She’s a play doll for sure, so I’ll be having some fun making her some couture too.

See, it’s been a helluva summer 🙂

Enjoy your weekend everyone and thanks for reading…..

~awsumgal

 

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Doll Collecting: Glamour Gal or Girl Next Door?

The world of doll collecting is an interesting and varied place. The reasons for collecting dolls (or anything really) are hugely different from person to person. The sorts of dolls out there are amazingly varied as well. Everything from completely realistic ‘reborn’ infant baby dolls, to life sized mannequins, from new resin fashion dolls to antique and vintage girls and boys, to rough hewn heritage craft dolls, dolls designed for play and those for display. Dolls have been part of the human culture since the beginning. Some people love dolls, some people don’t and some folks like only some dolls while inexplicably loathing others…

My area of ‘collecting’ is fashion dolls. Everything from street level funky to leading edge weird works for me. I have vintage beauties and brand new ladies. Some factory, some redone but rarely do they stay on the shelf at my studio! My dolls are a creative outlet for me. I love to design clothing and accessories and since I am unlikely to be invited to an Embassy Ball or the like anytime soon, my dolls ‘will go’ instead. (At least I’ll design and sew something for them to wear to such an occasion.) My dolls can go places I won’t (the Sultan’s tent for dinner), and can’t (signing soprano arias on stage at the Met) My dolls live exciting, fascinating lives full of travel and philanthropic endeavours. They’re mysterious and glamourous and they look fabulous doing it all! I deeply enjoy creating back stories for the outfits I make, though I don’t always share them. I like to imagine where they are, where they’re going and what they’re thinking about. I can be anything I want through my dolls. The sky is the limit and nothing is out of reach.

Though I can appreciate and do occasionally make casual day to day clothing for my dolls, the kind of thing you would actually see on the street, even those looks have to carry a lot of style to really grab me. The clothes that people wear to the office for example are just not what inspires me. I mean you see that everyday in the office, lol! I’ll do an office look (or any other genre) if I can push the envelope a little on style and content, otherwise I leave that for folks who are deeply inspired by that sort of realism. It doesn’t mean I don’t like it or can’t appreciate it though.

Some collectors out there seem personally offended by high style, runway type fashion on dolls. (As if there is something morally reprehensible about high glamour dolls or something. Honestly, how much trouble can they possibly get into? They’re just plastic, vinyl and resin after all (-_-) I personally love it! I enjoy the fantasy part of runway style couture. Gravity defying and ‘how on earth did they do that?’ garments and full on statement looks. It’s a very visually rich, creative part of dressing and fashion and I love to marry that with gorgeous dolls! I don’t wish to dress my dolls like they’re in Little House on the Prairie, but I am not offended by people who do. To each his own, in this and all things. (Hmm, Little House on the Prairie might be fun, lol!)

So what’s your take? Are you a ‘fashion forward girl’ lover? Or do your girls have a more wholesome ‘girl next door’ kind of feel?Whichever way you lean, play, and enjoy your dolls!

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

~awsumgal

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