Archive for April, 2011

Elvis Has Left the Building

Posted in constructions, design, dolls, gardening, handmade with tags , , , on April 29, 2011 by darcyarts

The Elvis  doll had big hair and his skinny legs really had to work to hold it up. It’s all good. Yesterday Big E and Prince were off to Toronto.

In  today’s sunshine I will finally get my gardening boxes together and plant the last of the tomato sprouts. I’ve got one box ready and filled with soil. Another was very near completion –three screwws left — when my electric drill ran out of juice. It’s charging.

Next up: a deluxe catnip squid and Freddie Mercury.

I love it!

Post Victorian Tall Bods

Posted in Art, constructions, design, dolls, handmade, projects with tags , , on April 24, 2011 by darcyarts

This is the result of  increasing the size of the basic body pattern  roughed out for my other dolls.

A very leggy, long torso-ed invention that made me think of the early post-Victorian images (1900-1910) of women that have been rattling around in my head since I dreamed I would make them from plastic creamer bottles.

The beige color and the black stockings, to be used here in a different context, would be perfect for a crop of dolls similar to Egon Sheile women. His long lines and his bratty aesthetic have always appealed to me.

This first image is a simple drawing, actually a poster image from AllPosters. They have lots of Egon Scheile. These two are some of the least erotic poses.

I will dress the long-bodied dolls in natural cotton camisoles, pantaloons, slips and the long black stockings.  I will give them each a big messy up do with dangling tresses to surround a long diamond shaped face. Eyeliner and red lips, too and I may give them painted eyes although I could do tiny brown or black buttons, maybe with lids and protruding lashes.

I will do this.

Faces Without Hair

Posted in constructions, dolls, handmade, rock n roll with tags , , on April 22, 2011 by darcyarts

They never look as good before they gotten their hair.

Elvis face still needs some shading, maybe a nose line.

I’m putting in the details on the bodies, little nips and tucks.

I like to change up the work day to day. It seems to take me a very long time to get the facial details to my liking and I will be adding or subtracting elements right up until the dolls get into their shipping boxes.

Cutting and styling the fleece hair is by far my favorite part of this process. It makes the face take shape.

It is going to be very interesting to create a protruding Pompadour for big E!

I just love this picture of the hair!! Masterful waves, dude. Surf’s up in Elvis’ do.

Now it is off to the stitching kitchen before the sun is up.

More pix of heads with hair and bodies soon.

First Elvis

Posted in constructions, dolls, film with tags , , on April 21, 2011 by darcyarts

Before I start my morning on the fake bike, have tea and then apply myself to the last stitchy licks on Elvis’ lips I wanted to check in.

Research for creation of any Soft Boy doll begins with pleasurable perusal of  pictures, sounds, film and video.

Netflix is stingy with the Elvis films they have up for streaming. There is only one — Follow that Dream. Still, it did provide a nice refresher on his lovely lips. Filmed in 1962, the young Elvis looked so miserable in his task, so uncomfortable at being in such a stinker, that it really incited my empathy.

I was never an Elvis fan through girlie attraction but always dug Elvis as a strange-but-true American phenom. His mighty image still rattles through millions of minds. Immoral, half-wit, sell-out doctors enabled poor E to pursue such a sloppy end. Boo.

Good Work, Dudes

Posted in Art, design, esoterica, etsy, family with tags , , on April 15, 2011 by darcyarts

Bunny is thinking about the impact of Frida Kahlo’s art. I am working and fake-biking my butt off yet pause, here,  for a moment to drop hot thoughts and nods.

Big Nod to Conan and Team Coco for posting Queens of the Stone Age performance.

To Etsian mugze for these yummy looking bacon caramels. Naughty!

Big Nod to Ruben Xolotl Viramontes beautiful work, rings necklaces, etc!

To Lori Nichols of Birmingham for her sweet, beautiful, amusing cloth critters!

Madrigal Embroidery of San Francisco for beautiful work, cuffs etc. Dig it!

To San Francisco for being the best, beautiful, cosmopolitan, freedom loving, non judgemental city anywhere!!!

Photo by genius child, Jessica Pratt.

To Brian Pratt for being a mountain of masterful mental maneuvering.

To my husband for being the best I ever had and then some.

Gotta get to work. Everybody I love you. ♥

Tax Time Flash Time

Posted in constructions, dolls, handmade, Mind Power with tags , , on April 12, 2011 by darcyarts

Looking over DarcyArts sales over the last year was a real reminder of the amount of work I single-handedly managed. A bit of self-congratulation is definitely in order.

Bravo, Constance! you kicked ass. 110 items. It seemed to me that I did little else and now I can see why.

Here is what I created over the last six weeks.

Boy, that seems like a long time but it really does take me two weeks to do one doll. So I’ll have to admit to myself  that I was a tad ahead the whole time I was feeling miserably behind.

Curses, self-doubt. You must be pushed away from from my breast. Get thee gone!

I love every minute of this struggle to get clear.

The Gap

Posted in Art, design, dolls, handmade with tags , , on April 7, 2011 by darcyarts

The week is flying by. The dolls will be finished by Monday but there are so many details to attend to before then. All the slow, focused work is making me a little skittish. This is not news. I should change my name to Fretta.

The clothing phase of Soft Girl doll creation is making me especially nervous. I frequently remind myself that one learns through repetition –practice, practice, practice– and that perfection is a delusion.

And then I ask myself — aren’t most artists tortured by the gap between the sparkling initial vision and the finished work?

Today there is no room for doubt only the work and the sincere longing to do the best one can. So, back to the cutting board.

 

Queen on BOB

Posted in Art, dolls, etsy, handmade, music, projects, radio, rock n roll with tags , , , , on April 4, 2011 by darcyarts

While out running errands recently I tuned in to an FM station with the mild title of BOB FM.

I’d seen a commercial on my television. The mission statement was intriguing.

“BOB plays anything.”

I was please with their initial plays which included Queen. The magnificent Freddie Mercury was in full good voice. It was a sunny, if windy, day. The first in quite a while. BOB played something that added to the pleasure of the first full sun in weeks, the ride to Trader Joe’s and being in the company of my honey, Frank. Good job BOB.

BOB quickly dulled out with the usual radio problem — too many ads! At first they were amusing, sorta of stoner-level humorous but lather them on too thick and it won’t even help that they are funny.

I’ll give BOB, at 107.1  (in norcal), another chance. If I’m on the road in the afternoon and and the NPR stations have switched over to classical (Chico) or a sometimes too-slick, rich-hipster AOR (Ashland).

On that day trip to Trader Joe’s I was stoked to have Queen along for the ride. When we walked up to the entrance Trader Joe was playing Queen on their system.

Sometimes I forget to bring my own music on a drive across town. I may have, in a protective effort, removed the emergency CDs from the car the night before. Dr. John, Gris Gris; David Garza, Euphoria; Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3, Ole Tarantula; Robyn’s Jewels for Sophia; or Queen’s of the Stone Age, Lullabies to Paralyze all back at home sitting on the shelf.

A double blessing of Freddy Mercury just days ago and this morning an inquiry from a beautiful Aussie about a Freddie Mercury Soft Boy doll.

Etsy you are a wonder. I can share my portrait jones with the world! You allow me the most fantastic of opportunities.

Super hot Freddie! Yes. I’d love to be making this very rock n roll portrait doll. ♥♥♥

Little Sprouts

Posted in Art, constructions, dolls, gardening, handmade with tags , , , on April 3, 2011 by darcyarts

The goal is to get these girls’ heads attached. First there is the matter of stitching some comely costumes — red and pink dresses and little tutus.

That is going on this weekend at DarcyArts work space.

Once the bodies are clothed the heads are carefully and securely sewn on. Soon we’ll have four girls ready to met their real life counterparts.

How cool is that?

After finishing the heads I took a bit of time to enjoy my birthday.

Frank and I decided on a quiet afternoon at home with a movie and one of our favorite foods — chile relllenos.

It was a beautiful sunny day and all was smooth on this Saturday. I needed to relax. I take far too little time for just chilling down. Work is almost always on my mind when I am conscious. I do get plenty of sleep but once I’m awake it’s GO.

GARDEN 2011

Once the sun is here to stay we’ll start adding to this years garden. It looks like we will have a lot of delicious tomatoes  to devour.

We are up to nine Paul Robeson tomato seedlings so far. We’ve got them inside under gro lights where they seem to be quite cozy.

We have one little pot  is still unproductive but how many tomato plants can our small container garden accommodate?

I think I can get three plants into the deep soil box, two into the last remaining blue rectangular bucket/box and I have two additional empty pots. I’ll have to pickup a few more before these guys are ready for outdoor living.

NEXT

This week will also see the start of custom made Big Prince and Elvis dolls. Good fun, there. Whoo hoo! Pix next week.