I really have to get better about updating this thing. I just don' think about it because I am not actively in the studio. I just want to catch everyone up on what I have been up to since graduation almost a month ago.
After graduation I went home for the summer to work for my mom. Hopefully this is the last summer ever that I have to do this. I would love to get a job in Greenville and stay there instead of having to work 2 hours away from home. I haven't been back yet, but I am planning on going in the next couple of weeks.
I have been keep myself busy although I vowed that I wasn't going to do anything this summer. I have been working on some circle scarves for the ECU holiday sale next year. They are half crocheted and have fabric that I purchased at Hancock's. Here's an example:
I still have a couple of kinks to work out like the width of the scarf. I have worn this one a couple of times just to see what it wears like. It is very comfortable, but the width makes in very thick. So I want to try and narrow it down to make it less chunky.
I have also been working on a design for a fabric doll. Doll making is something that I have wanted to try for a while, but I have never had the free time during the summer to do so. I have always had to worry about what I needed to do to get ready for the next semester or what work I needed to finish to have it ready for my show. I have done pages of sketches in my sketchbook and I took advantage of the Memorial Day sale a Joann's this past weekend. I also ordered my pattern. I am building her in the fashion of Barbara Willis' designs:
I bought this book a while back and have had it sitting on a shelf for the past couple of years. I highly recommend it to anyone with a interest in doll making. Ms. Willis walks you through how to make three different style dolls and her tutorials leave a lot of room for creative interpretation. I will try and upload some sketches soon. My doll will probably be about 20" tall with a softly sculpted face and fully wired hand with individual fingers. I hope that she will be free standing, since she will have a button joint at her hip. I am super excited about getting to work as soon as my pattern gets here. I just hope it works out the way that I want it too.
I have also been working on sketches for weaving techniques that I want to experiment with in the fall. I can't wait. I wish that I could go ahead and start working on my MFA now!
Lastly, a treat from me to you. My new favorite song:
Gotta love Gaga!