Sunday, 29 November 2009

Upcoming Shows

I love going to doll shows, it's really good fun, exhausting mind you, but good fun, it's nice to be able to talk to other people about doll art without judgement. Doll Shows are one of the few places one can go and be totally into doll art without anyone looking at you as if you are somehow strange. I will be attending a number of doll shows in 2010 and having stands at some of them starting with

28th February 2010 10.30am – 4pm
Christine’s Dolls and Teddy Fair
Sutton Coldfield Town Hall
Sutton Coldfield
B73 6AB

Admission: 2.50 16 and under Free

So if you get a chance do pop along and come and say hello.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Prototype Prestige

One of the biggest coups for a reborn artist is being able to do a reborn a prototype, to a non reborner that probably doesn’t sound like much, but trust me, it is!

Just for the sake of clarity, when a sculptor has a new doll kit out on the market the first 2 or 3 test kits are called prototypes and those are very special, they are used to check for quality and for the promotion of the kit, the photos of those prototypes will be used tp promote the kit and hopefully help sell it to the rest of the reborning world. So of course those prototypes are really important. I mean, come on, no one is going to buy a kit if the prototype looks like the Baby of Frankenstein now are they?

So being asked to do a prototype is a very special event and a real compliment.

Bethany is a preemie sculpt by Toby Morgan a really sweet 14inch sculpt with a very preemie look and curled up limbs.

There is a bit of pressure of course to feel like you've done a good job on making a sculpt look good and in a lot of cases there is a lot of pressure on the artist to get prototypes done on time.

I think it takes a lot of determination and a huge amount of commitment on the part of an artist to do prototypes on a regular basis.

Prototypes in general sell at a premium because although there are a number of kits made from any one sculpt, even the limited edition sculpts, the first ones, the prototypes are so special that people want to have them.

I am so pleased with how Bethany has come out, she is perfectly proportioned and I have weighted her carefully to give her that new born floppiness.

Her hair is the softest best quality mohair from Slumberland Nursery in the softest baby brown and I rooted her eyelashes in the same soft mohair

Bethany is still looking for a home so if you would like to take her home click HERE

Monday, 23 November 2009

Doug Richards Meets Savannah

Savannah was reborn from a Tina Kewy sculpt "Newborn Cherish". Savannah is one of a limited edition run of this sculpt totalling 500, Savannah is number 431. This sculpt was delightful to work with and created a beautiful baby. I wanted to try working with a blonde fair skinned effect for Savannah, I've rarely seen this sculpt done blonde so I decided to do mine that way to see how she would look.

Savannah has 3/4 length arms and legs in Tina's very expressive style. I recently attended a Conference for people who run home based businesses run by Enterprise Nation. At the conference Savannah ended up on stage with Doug Richards.

Savannah is still available to buy click here.