Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Titania is finished!




It took me such a long time to add the finishing touches. I still cannot do hands and feet so I improvised. I loved doing her hair! I also loved making her wings and the effect of the light through them. I get really excited about taking the photos-it is like a bonus part of the whole process for me. I print them out on A4 paper and stick them up around the house for a while. I love the drama of the photos and experimenting with the light.
She is quite recycled-her skirt is chicken wire from my old kitchen cupboards, her trousers are ties from a top I have-I hated the ties, they just got in the way. Once I had hacked them off in a temper the other day I realised they would make perfect and easy trousers. The covering on her skirt is newspaper. She has recycled tissue paper with lines from the play which I collaged onto her skirt and she has dried flowers from the garden last year also collaged on. I bought the daisies! Her wings are also recycled tissue paper and her shirt is part of an old sheet.
Visit the ADO blog here to see more Shakespeare challenge dolls and other interesting doll related stuff!
This is only the second doll I have made using an armature and although I found it difficult I can see lots of possibilities so am going to persevere! I managed to find a good source of armature wire yesterday but was a bit surprised at the delivery cost-expensive! I went for it anyway as I have no more. I was surprised by the doorbell this morning-the postman had brought me a very smart box which contained my wire-in a beautiful nest of shredded newspaper-it is thicker than the wire I have been using and I am looking forward to trying it out.
Hope your week is going well.

16 comments:

Helen McCookerybook said...

She's beautiful Sarah! I particularly like her hair and will try to do mine n that style tomorrow.
About hands... at school we made puppets once and the hands were garden twine: five short strands (one shorter, for the thumb) on a long strand, and the again at the other end, a bit like those gloves when you are a child that go through the sleeves of a coat! We then dipped the 'fingers' and 'hands' into wet plaster, which gave us lovely knobbly fingers with nice blunt ends big enough to paint a fingernail on to.
You could probably do it with ordinary string to get more spindly fingers.
x

Sarah said...

Thanks Helen! I will definitely try that method. String has many uses!

Shell said...

I think Shakespeare would like your Titania very much.

Liz said...

She turned out beautiful! I love her hair!

Lynne said...

She's lovely. It looks as though an awful lot of work has gone into her.
I like the shots you've taken of her, very atmospheric.
I especially love her hair!

Tracy said...

Hi, Sarah! Thanks for visiting me, and joining in on the haiku poetry festival--so nice to meet you and find your creative space here. :o) The doll is fab...I'd love a pair of those wings! Very dreamy...Happy Days!

Renee said...

Sarah holy crow she is beautiful. I cannot believe you made her. I know you did, the talent and time that went into that doll.

I even love her name Titania. Her hair is fantastic and oh my God I love the skirt.

Amazing.

xoxox

Sarah said...

Thanks Shell, Liz, Lynne, Tracy and Renee! Titania's head will not fit in the box soon!

Janine said...

Sarah! This is just wonderful! I love everything about her! You are so creative!

Candace said...

Sarah, your work and attention to detail really has done you proud! I love her hair, well really I just love her totally. She is fantastic!

I hope you do more of these. (please?)
Candace x

paula nerhus said...

She is so fun! I love her, Check out that doo! You've done a wonderful job . I love her strong personality!

Anairam said...

Love the wings - they make her seem so delicate. And I love the hair! That hair is clever!

blackeyedsuzie said...

Wow! Sarah, she is amazing! Such cool materials...I have been very bad and not finished my Shakepeare challenge, but I hope to still. Very cute cat video...have you ever seen Ninja cat on youtube? One of the funniest I've ever seen!

kendalee said...

Very, very cool hair. Her wings are my favourite thing about her though - gorgeous! She and Bottom are going to make a fine couple... :o) x

MizKatie said...

omgosh! I love her! Her hair is especially creative.

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I LOVE HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!