I was very excited when I received the Art Dolls as the next design challenge. For a while, I have been wanting to enlarge some of the recycled jewellery pieces I design to make them into wall art, so my mind leapt straight to that idea. An epiphany in the night made me think of the using Powertex Sand and Balls for the Red Queen’s hair and I knew I just had to go with one of my all-time favourite themes of Wonderland. I wanted to play with the juxtaposition of the youthful Alice fresh full of ideas that seem new and the older Red Queen seemingly more powerful but chained to time and her cage full of belongings. I also wanted my work to have an overall silver feel to symbolise a galvanised archetypal story but themed Alice in Pale Blue & Silver and the Red Queen in Red & Gold. They share the colours in their heart as there is a little bit of Alice and Queen in us all.
Step One - Design Layout
Step Two – Make Plaster Pieces
Step Three – Build the Red Queen’s Hair Form
Step Four – Seal the MDF Doll Pieces
Step Five – Make the Red Queen’s Hair
Step Six – Make Stone Art Clay
Step Seven – Create the Red Queen’s Bodice
Step Eight – Build the Box for behind the Red Queen’s Dress
Step Nine - Create Alice’s Dress and Attach Face and Hair
Step Ten – Colourtrix Red Queen and Alice Pieces
Step Eleven – Assemble Doll and Embellish with Found Objects or Jewellery
Step Twelve – Attach the Box Behind the Red Queen’s Dress.
Eventually, I will mount these onto a mirror – through the looking glass.
You could mount on a stand or attach a d-hook on the back as illustrated in my Boho Violin and Eostre Blogs and hang them on your wall.
I Hope you enjoy creating your own
Art Dolls. See you next time Natalie P.
Ashley Hay is an artist and the Importer of Powertex for Australia. Ashley has become a great advocate for this amazing product and wishes to share her excitement about the versatility of Powertex with others.