This year, me and my sister Stacey (of Josebabarock Designs) did a gift exchange of custom Monster High dolls (yeah, for Christmas, and yes I realize that this might seem a month early to some, but this was when we celebrated okay?). I will be posting pictures of the custom I made for her, but for now enjoy the beautiful doll that I received. Her name is Estrella Cisne, and I think that she is just wonderful. Her back features a beautiful swan tattoo, and she is adorned in jewels and even has wire slippers.
This is the description that my sister wrote about her:
Customized Draculara monster high doll. Faceup, hair styles, clothes sewn by hand, jewellery created by hand by me.
Name: Estrella Cisne (Star Swan)
Description: Adorned with crystallized star-dust(clear crystals), glacial ice (blue crystals), and meteorite jewels(black crystals) she dances the celestial ballet of the swan amongst the constellations. She is the reason stars sparkle in the night sky from dusk to dawn.
To see some before and process shots, click here!
I can’t believe that I have two bazaars this month, and currently I am sitting in between both of them. One was last Saturday, held in Delhi, a town that I haven’t literally been in, in years. The next one is on the 23rd, and in my more familiar (how strange to think) downtown London. I have been working as diligently as possible, despite that I’ve been working a lot and now, I’ve been sick for the past four days.
Going back in time a little bit, I did manage to make a new costume this year for Halloween (barely). We handed out lot of candy to kids, and my partner even made a few of them cry (he was pretty scary). I’m going to update again before the Rag Bag Bazaar next week, because I want to show off some of the new darlings I’ve made (and by darlings, I mostly mean cats!).
So for now, enjoy these shots from Halloween, my costume is Buttercup from the Powerpuff Girls and my partner is Doctor Frankenstein.
Wheh.. just popping in for a quick update. Currently working on about four different projects.. a MH custom for my sister for Yule, an Amerindian cloth doll as a commission for a friend at work, a small series of cats and girls for a Christmas bazaar in November AND this mermaid.. which I started a few months ago and have had to put aside a few times to make room for well.. more projects. I’m hoping to have her done in the next week or so, but with the other projects as great distractions, well she might take a little longer. I’ve decided not to post any shots of her head.. because I think that a lot of her character is in her head and I’m pretty proud of how she looks so far, so I want to keep that secret a little longer. Thanks for reading.
Despite my poor updating skill lately, I have been very busy.. and not just busy working at Michaels. No, I have still been diligently working on dolls, illustrations and stories. Here is the newest, finished piece I have. I called him Winsint while I was making him, because I enjoy to have a name to a face while they come into creation, but I ultimately left his name open to his new owner decide. He is my first finished combination doll, that incorporates clay details with a cloth body. He is also the first male doll I have made, so he really was a great learning experience. I have a full set of him posted, including some great shots of him hanging out in the forest. Let me know what you think over on Behance!
Woe, I’ve almost caught up on “events” blog posts.. thanks to the fact that I have spent the last month and a half working constantly and sleeping. Hurray! Back in June, we went to Nuit Blanche, here in London Ontario. It’s an art festival that takes place at night. Although I have to say that I was a little disappointed by this year’s events.. the main street was just kind of, meh. BUT, one of the locations was celebrating Katamari! Which is probably one of the coolest games ever made. Uber Cool (the store that was putting on this particular event) even made a giant ball that you could use to play Katamari on the wall outside. Or, how about picking out some forgotten toys to add to a real-life Katamari? Both were fun! Oh yeah, and there were even people dressed up as Katamari characters! Another location that we really liked was called the DHMakerBus, which is a pretty interesting project that involves video, road trips and hacking the fuck out of an old dirty bus. We definitely wanted to check it out because it was put on by LOMAA. It also involved a weird audio video experience inside of the bus, which I think had some sort of user interaction. They have a site about the bus here. We also watched a poetry slam, but I felt too awkward to photograph it.
This summer certainly isn’t shaping up how we had… hoped. But we are still making the most of what we have and what there is to do. We have a long bike ride planned for Monday, involving going out to the Conservation Authority Park, and having a picnic at the Dam. I really wanted to take part in more craft fairs and events this summer, but sadly.. London just doesn’t seem to have all that many. I attended the Rag Bag Bazaar, which was part of a larger Car-Free Festival downtown in June, with my sister. She makes beautiful wire wrapped jewellery, and might remember her from my post about the amazing Sailor Moon inspired necklace she gave me for Christmas (click here to see that post).
At the Bazaar, I had Persephone on display for the first time. Plus I had made a few hand-drawn art pins and something exciting (because it was a new thing for me to do) was make nice quality, giclee prints of some of my drawings (and they sold well which thrilled me). I was so happy with how they turned out, I printed them on a very light grey linen paper, and the “Away We Go” prints were done on a series of rainbow papers. It was incredibly cold though, and I was lucky that my mom stopped by and gave me her sweater (haha). But we had a lot of fun, despite the cloudy weather. I saw a lot of great artists, which I still have a small stack of business cards waiting for me to look into, and possibly post on here. In the meantime, enjoy these few photos I got of the day!! Or if you might prefer to see some photos of fungi, check out my latest photo project on Behance!
Sorry I haven’t been updating as much as I keep promising, but if you just found a pond a mere 5 minute stroll away from your house that is filled with frogs, you might get distracted too. If you love frogs as much as I do, check out my new series, Frogs of the Secret Pond! I love all the frogs, but I think that this guy is my favourite, which one is your favourite? Let me know! (click the picture for the link through!)