Saturday, 26 November 2016

Something for Laodicea

© Melissa Gaggiano
     One of two projects I was working on this past week is this mermaid. I have made mermaids before, usually of the big cuddly variety. This time I designed a removable fishtail for my fashion armature doll design.

    Another reason for me to be getting excited about this design is my use of needle felting to make the hair. I love this technique. It's my new thing.

    I made this doll as a response to the lovely Laodicea who kindly illustrated a caricature of me recently. You can read about the drawing here.

© Melissa Gaggiano

© Melissa Gaggiano

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Mermaid for Mimosa

© Melissa Gaggiano
    This shimmery, shiny, pretty mermaid is ready to swim to her new home. Hooray for dolls finding homes.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

My Vacant Mirror

© Laodicea Dellibovi
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    It was such a happy trip for my confidence when Laodicea Dellibovi, @vacantvesselart , announced she would draw lil' ole me. How awesome is this caricature! It really does look like me, don't you think?

    Laodicea is a newcomer to Instagram, much like myself, and very quickly she has amassed a following with her unique vacant eye drawings. I too am one of her fans and hope that she continues on her creative journey.

    In response to Laodicea's illustration I have been working on a doll based on her. Do visit Instagram to watch the progress.

    Thank you Laodicea! Keep on doin', what you're doin'. 

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Cupcake Cactus

© Melissa Gaggiano
Are you looking for end of year presents with a touch of indie pop? How about a cupcake cactus?
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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Need to Learn

© Melissa Gaggiano
    From machine stitch to hand sewing. From rag dolls to armature. From mermaids to fashion dolls. From felt pattern pieces to needle felted sculpting… My journey in doll making has been varied and expansive. 

    More than a decade ago I fantasised about constructing my own china dolls. I imagined modern dolls made with old school doll making techniques. Nothing came of this, as these thoughts were before the dawn of the online crafting renaissance. Then two years ago I discovered there were artists achieving this very thing. It gave me hope and with gradual research have discovered resources that can demystify these doll making techniques.

    After at least a year's worth of um-ing and ah-ing I began practicing and teaching myself how to sculpt. This is no easy task, as I am back where I began when I first tried making dolls. When you are learning from scratch the path ahead looks scary and bumpy. There will be mishaps and the outcome seems so far away. Despite all this there is something inside that says 'just give it a go'. 'Surely a couple of steps forward wouldn't hurt'.

    My first sculpted doll head was simply fugly. Though with each attempt at sculpting, while rough, it comes closer to what I need it to be. I've still got a long way to go with this sculpted doll making, and ultimately it may not be the right thing for me, but for now it's what I need to be learning.

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It's a Cactus

© Melissa Gaggiano
    I can't be stopped. I'll find a way to create something. I may not be destined for greatness, but I was destined to make neat things.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Constructing Beauty

    Constructing Beauty… sounds like the title for a fashion industry documentary, doesn't it. In actual fact I am celebrating the finished work of a rockabilly inspired Belle doll [think Beauty and the Beast]. She comes complete with rose, and a book titled 'Embrace Your Inner Beast'. Now although you can't tell by these photos but Rockabilly Belle sports a wilting tattoo on her left arm [hidden below her coat]. Isn't she a darling?

    If you are interested in commissioning a cloth art doll, check out the details here.