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I was given a doll made with twigs, some paper mache and printed fabric.   It is quirky and fun.   And I had a ‘hmmmmm’ moment.   Plus we were gathering autumn twigs for the fire and it just seemed to all come together.

I then made some fimo faces (from a Sculpey mould) and painted them.  The wondrous thing about making these dolls is that you can use the smallest pieces of fabric.  And that’s a great thing when one has a mountain of small pieces of fabric!   I wanted to use beautiful fabric – so far the dolls have been made with pieces of silk, sari silk, dmc threads, a variety of ribbons and of course I just couldn’t help myself – a wee bit of beading.   Coming together nicely I think.

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Here she is at last….. took some time to finish her but feel reasonably happy now with the first movie star.    Let’s hope I get some time over the Christmas holidays to craft another one or two.

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Yee ha – finished Francois today.   Am totally pleased with her.   Took awhile to decide what to do with her hair.  Decided to bead extra lengths, which have small sequins at the each end.   Hmmm,  pretty happy with that.  So, voila,  here she is:

Francois Gilot – front view

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And, the back view:

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and, a bit of detail of the head

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Dora Maa is next.  Another Picasso woman. Dora married Picasso after he divorced Francois and was with her until he died.  Not only do I love Picasso’s work,  but he seems to have some special works featuring the women in his life.      I will give you a peek next post…………

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was to keep my blog updated…… now it is 01 April I can stop fooling myself this has been achieved!  Can also stop fooling myself I know ANYTHING about blogging,  having just written a huge amount of update only to lose it with one wrong cursor placement.  Damn.   Probably your lucky day though as you aren’t going to get a whole lot of my ravings.

So what have I been up to since the last post?  We had a great end of year holiday during December in Queensland.  One of the highlights was a visit to the Matisse exhibition in Brisbane.  Totally loved it.  It also inspired me to think about a new series for my dolls.   Artists’ models.   The dolls will all be freestanding and still on the beaded and blingbling theme (can’t resist!).   The first doll I have finished was of one of Matisse’s models, Lorette.  She sat for him in 1916/7 – during which Matisse did about 50 paintings of Lorette.   The second is still a work in progress, so just a peek for now.  This one is based on Francoise Gilot, who was a model for Picasso, but much more than that – she also is mother to David and Paloma Picasso and an artist herself.  There are so many beautiful pictures of Francoise that I am tempted to devote a series of dolls just to her!

Here is Lorette

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And a close up:

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Now the back view

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and the as yet unfinished Francoise:

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