Winter is Coming

Handmade OOAK Textile Dolls by The Crow's Secret

My textile dolls have most certainly been inspired by the changing colours, textures and ambiences of the seasons.  As the seasons metamorphosized around me, so did my creative influences.  Therefore, Winter was no exception, providing a new set of creative challenges.

Change of Colour Palette

sketchbook page by vaudeville hippie

I loved working with the rich and warm colour palette for my Autumn dolls.  However, I have equally relished using the colder, starker shades of Winter.  Dark and ominous deep blues, purples and blacks appear lavish on the surface, yet seem to hold a dark secret.

The Crow’s Secret

Inspiration came from some these initial sketches of crow feathers and a character development drawing. To help to get me started, I pinned a range of winter woodland images along with a selection of corvid pictures.

Feather Drawing by vaudeville hippie

Doll Illustration by vaudeville hippie

Rekindling My Love of Textile Techniques

The creation of my autumn dolls opened up new ways of working. Consequently, I realised there were still many more techniques I could explore.  Mostly to push the boundaries of what I was creating further.  So I began by experimenting with simple prints of feathers.

This was an opportunity to revisit one favourite textile techniques – press printing. Using recycled pizza polystyrene, a roller and acrylic paint. Starting with paper and collage, I practised achieving different print effects.

Crow Human Doll Design by vaudeville hippie

In addition to this, I explored a variety of different ways to roll ink across the dry fabric were. Since the aims here were to create a range of unique textures for a base fabric through the mark-making process.  As a result, my printed feathers could then be individually printed and layered on top.

Printed hand drawn feather art vaudeville hippie

Small Things

In conclusion, it is amazing how a basic motif, such as a feather can generate so many outcomes and further ideas to explore.

Hand printed purple and black feathers by vaudeville hippie

OOAK handmade textile Doll by vaudeville hippie

The Crow’s Secret Collection

Crow feather Doll by Vaudeville Hippie
Aster
Textile Doll with feathers
Raven Star
Handmade OOAK Art Textile Doll by VHippie Dolls
Layla

As mentioned in one of my previous posts, this is a new direction for my doll making.  Therefore, these new dolls are very different to the cloth dolls that I began making for friends and family.

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