Sunday, 19 October 2008


I have been working on a rather large commission which was to make dolls to represent the client and her husband and three daughters, one of which died at birth, tricky, yes, but to my great relief they loved the finished result.
There were alot of new challenges for me in this commission, one being to make a MAN doll. I was given a brief to work to and some materials which meant something to each, it was a lovely project to do.
The girls were alot of fun to do, with their hairstyles and punky clothes.

The golden leggins of this doll were made from a gold metallic ribbon that came from a confectionary business my clients grandfather owned years ago, quite precious and very tricky to work with.

The baby doll I found the hardest task of all. I didn't want angel wings, so little butterfly wings were made. The little strawberry hat and stripey socks were the only two things my client bought during the pregnancy, she wanted the doll to wear these things, the money thing was wanted to represent her name, Luca, not a choice I would have made, I can't ever imagine what it's like to lose a child...........

I've yet to make the pet cat and rabbit, which will be done soon.
My client, herself, is a maker of the most amazing mozaics, so, in part payment I am having my children's hands made.I love having makers work around me, but being a poor maker myself this is the only way I can do it. I don't mind being poor, but I do love being surrounded by lovely things, don't you?


funkymonkey said...

Fabulous dolls - they are so intricate and must have taken you hours of painstaking work to complete them. I can imagine that the baby doll would have been very difficult make under the circumstances but they are wonderful.

Bovey Belle said...

Hi - I'm bloghopping so have found my way to you by happenchance. Loved the dolls - I have been thinking about making rag dolls for my great-nieces for Christmas, but they won't be as sophisticated as yours.

Sal said...

They are fantastic!! I love them all ;-)

Deanna said...

Hi Annie, so glad that one of my favorite blogs is still here. I've been out of commission for a while so I'm playing catch-up right now.

I loved the dolls!

Have a great day,
Deanna :)

Gena said...

Wow Annie! these are amazing and how poignant! but I can fully understand the Mum wanting to include the little lost one,I imagine she will treasure them forever,you are so very talented!

Things Hand Made said...

Those are brilliant. I would love to know more about how you make them.

Country Cottage Chic said...

They are wonderful! You are so talented & I'm sure the family will be delighted with them.

Cowboys and Custard said...

Inspired Annie.. these are fabulous and I would be over the moon to receive such talented pieces..
I love your interpretation of the family members.. and now I am wondering if this is a family I know???

How are you managing to achieve all this wonderful work and prepare for the fair???

Love to you
Michele xx