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Dolls for Days

Posted in Art, constructions, cute, dolls, etsy with tags , , , , , on September 8, 2010 by darcyarts

The DarcyArts studio was a busy hive as this solo bee finished three dolls over the last two weeks. The Mark Mothersbaugh custom for Jordan3000 was first. Then I received two more Soft Boy orders. Happy, happy. Joy, joy!

First a Mick doll:

This one with blue eyes. Dashing, pouty, eh?

And then an Iggy:

Nips and all.

Mick is off to Calgary, Iggy to Florida.

I am so very stoked to be able to share my handicraft with you all outside this hive.

Each Soft Boy is a unique creation for their owners. That’s cool, too. I am fantasizing about all the Soft Boy owners gathered in a meet and greet. They could discuss the similarities and the differences in their Boys and I hope some day, Girls.

Joni Mitchell, Joan Jett, the GTOs, Grace Slick, Janis, the women of Fanny (old school, Google it), L7, the mighty Mia Zapata. Hell’ I might be inspired to make a beautiful raw angel dia de los muertos Soft girl of Mia real soon con ojos, hermosa.

So many girls to do, so little time. I am streeeeetching it.

Dear Frank has got a chit in for the Gagalina. The costume would be fun, perhaps difficult to settle on.

I prefer the slightly heavier, healthier Lady Gaga. She was a powerhouse.

Gillian Welch (and Dave Rawlings, so cute, a lanky duo), Exene Cervenka!!! I’d love to make her a funky little ol’ house dress and bracelets and “a noose of charms around her neck.” How far behind is John Doe? Shirtless with his noose of charms and his beautiful bass guitar?

I could go on for days and days imagining rock dolls.

David Bowie/Ziggy is next up.

Oh, hey, here are the mass market fake-button eyed dolls I told you about. I found them on the shelves at Target.

Undeniably cute. These mass production cloth dolls are for children. My Soft Boys and Girls are for Big Kids.

Yarn hair and button eyes. I have one of those.

She’s not very scary.

Among the Target dolls there are hard plastic dolls of the Bratz variety for the tweeners. They are like alterna Barbies in the fake-cheap imitation Tim Burton, dark ghoul vein.

Here are a couple of ad cards from the shelves.

Lust For Life, Iggy

Posted in Art, constructions, dolls, music, projects, rock n roll with tags , , , , on July 17, 2010 by darcyarts

I’m nearly ready to give Iggy a head. The parts are ready to unite. I’ll do a last-minute inspection and then sew them together.

Here is how I started:

Then I filled in the facial features with embroidered detail.

It’s all to balance out those big blue eyes.

I may change my mind and make the nose more narrow.

Yes, I think I will. Take the bottom section in just a bit on each side.

I’ll take out the stuffing and put in a new line of stitching.

I want to make him anatomically correct. It’s Iggy, after all. At least as anatomically correct as a cloth doll can be.  I did give him nipples. He will be shirtless. I think.

In my youth I learned a few embroidery stitches and I have made use of one of them here to create little nipples. By winding the thread arround the needle and then sticking the needle back through you get a nice little knob. It’s good for flower centers and nipple tips.

Iggy will wear silver pants.  That is my intention, anyway. I have never tried sewing this material. Wish me luck.

Before he hits the street the Iggy Soft Boy may need a few more tufts of hair. I think I may make it a bit longer.

Next up on my request list for Soft Boy creations is Joe Strummer with a mohawk, David Bowie circa Ziggy Stardust.

I still want to do Marc Bolan, Robyn Hitchcock, the Roxy Music Brian/Bryan duo. I might make a really big  Josh Homme and keep him all for myself. Artist Soft Girls  — Georgia O’Keeffe, Yayoi Kusama and Natalia Fabia — are definitely on my list and probably more Fridas.

This is pink-haired woman is Natalia Fabia at an LA art show with her new work.

Iggy would have been put together by now but his progress was stalled by an emergency do-over. A set of curly star pillows for a Bronx biz got lost in transit. Not really lost but misdelivered.

I have had excellent luck with all my packages getting safely to their destinations but the U.S. Post Office screwed up royally on this one.

The package stopped in the Bronx and was then sent off to Glen, New Hampshire. A local clerk here in Redding tried to find out what happened but it remains a mystery.

The Orange Star Pillow turned out well and will be a new offering at DarcyArts.

I needed to make one in the same purple as the original set. I cut the curls to be longer. The tricky part is getting them wide enough to turn inside out after stitching. I do the tips by hand, in a chain stitch for maximum room.

I will make more and keep em bright.

The Soft Girls

Posted in constructions, projects with tags , , , , on January 22, 2010 by darcyarts

If you know and love Robyn Hitchcock then you are familiar with the name The Soft Boys.

I will call my rag dolls The Soft Girls.

I am rolling out one or two of my OOAK Art rag dolls today! That is January 22, 2010♥

See them at DarcyArts.

I’ve taken to categorizing them with food names by color schemes.

This blonde Soft Girl I’ve designated as a Sherbert.

Actually this doll is sort of an androgyne, middling on the boy/girl continuum.

I will be creating redheaded twins that are gender blenders.

The twins are The Darcys that were born in my imagination.

I will make them 3-D.

I had first envisioned, years ago now, rock dolls to be called the Soft Boys.

My earliest attempts to capture something in art, something that moved me, lead me to portraits. I’ve wanted to make simple cloth dolls way back in the early part of this century. It’s been a long time coming. I will get to the boys soon.

Joey Ramone will be a Soft Boy because a very cool person requested this months ago and because I love dear, departed Joey.♥

Wish me luck.