AFICC - Textile figurtive art, clay and cloth art dolls. This includes techniques in art dollmaking of any kind for making both human and animal figures. Everything is explored beaded, recycled, found objects. This site is for artist looking to expand and reach for the stars. Look for reviews on fabulous books, costuming and products. This art form called Art Dolls is trying to fine a voice in the art world and I want to help all those that are ready to dive in.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Christine Shively - Benjamin - Teacher Feature
Shively - Benjamin
A process of an extraordinary
Art Doll Artist in her own Words.
Exploring the possibilities of
creating a character with fabric is an extension of a life time fascination
with three dimensional forms. My characters emerge from familiar tales of
childhood and from stories of the heart and soul. Fabric, color texture and
pattern all play intricate parts in creating interesting figures that tell
their own stories to the viewers who meet them.
Most recently creating figures with high fashion, high heel shoes, and the elements of Steampunk have been really fun to explore begin by drawing the body shape and
structure I wish to use for my fabric figures. Basically I transfer the drawing
into a 3 dimensional form.
I use a
template to create the basic silhouette of the drawings.The shape is transferred to the fabric. Sewing on the line gives a great deal of control over the shape I am envisioning. Some of the body shapes are an abstraction or somewhat stylized. Most of my figures have an economy of line, a simplified structure.
The costuming and embellishment are the key elements. I use paint, pigma pen and colored pencil to create the faces on the cloth figures. An extreme light and dark technique is employed to give the illusion of depth in the face. An example of using the inspiration of period clothing of Marie Antoinette and then changing the color and proportion on the clothing adding the gears, zippers to the edge of the skirt the look was completely changed to Steampunk
I purchased a very small antique lamb made from cotton fleece and wood for one of my sisters. It just screamed to be a pull toy. I made a platform for the lamb, since then I have been making animals sitting on wheeled platform. It is easy to see how I translated the Whimsical Birds and put them on platforms and also create pull toys out of them.
I have been creating my Whimsical Birds using floral oasis, tissue paper, glue, kabob skewers, file folders, and paint. This is a great example of how everyday items can be turned into something fun and whimsical.
See more on Christine's Classes Coming to Artistic Figures in Cloth & Clay this April 25-28, 2013 - Click Here.
Manipulatingbasic shapes in new and different ways plays an important role in the creation of my characters. This doll uses my basic Dress Rehearsal pattern. I have added a jacket, skirt, sleeves and narrowed the pants of the basic pattern and a new character emerges.
Here is an example of looking at one thing…..the baby
shoe….but seeing something else. Like the corset for a Steampunk character.
AnIdeais a point of departure and no more.
soon as you elaborate it, it becomes
transformed by thought.”
The high heel shoes are an example of
the Picasso quote above. When I began embarking on the high heel I was in a
Home Depot store.I saw a wire door stop
that had a tapered end. It reminded me of a high heel. Since I lived in Kansas
for many years, I also thought it would be cool to have a tornado reference.
The construction dilemma was the mechanism to create the heel. My long time
doll friend Brenda Gehl created a darling fairy years ago that had a
dressmakers pin for the heel. I asked her about using the basic mechanism that
was her brain child, and building upon that. She was curious about what I could
come up with using her basic idea. She was very pleased with my adaptation. I
do believe that you can begin with a basic idea…….but you have to elaborate on
it and transform it with your thought….as Picasso advise
An ancient connection to doll making
and storytelling is ever present in my work. Experimenting with new techniques
in drawing, painting, bead work, embroidery, problem solving structural and
aestheticproblems, and educating myself
on historical and cultural heritages, contributes to the continual growth and
change in my figures.