Sunday, April 24, 2016

Finally Online!

Wow, it's been the culmination of a project stretching back 3 years, but today, FINALLY, the Cult of Doll Almanac is finally up on line, free for anyone who would like to see a collection of fantastic hand made dolls and read a collection of short stories all loosely connected by.... well, I'll let you find that out ;o)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Araminta WIP pics

Here, finally, are some work in progress photos of the doll I have made for the Cult of Doll project. Her name is Miss Araminta Rookswood, and she is the central figure of the Cult of Doll Almanac who brings together all the  other stories. We will be publishing the Almanac on Issuu this Sunday (24th of April) so check at or Facebook page for the link, it's free!
Not only will you meet the finished Araminta doll and get to read her first adventure, but you will also see, brand new dolls (and read their accompanying stories) by all of our incredibly talented members: Melanie Ashton, Asphyxia, Brian Blacknick, Jenine Davidson, Sarah Faber, Valerie A Gladstone, Gwenda Hague, Hally Levesque, Kailee Maree, Richelle Nicole, Rhissanna and Cynthia Toy. I has been such a joy to work on this and get to bring it to life with such a lovely, creative and jolly nice bunch of artists and I hope lots of people will come and join us to enjoy the results.
Never fear if you can't make it on Sunday, once published it will be there for anyone to read and enjoy forever :o)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Just 12 days to go!

Eeeekkk... still lots to do! Please join us on the 24th at our Facebook page for...

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Walking Dead...

My money's on Abraham, s'all I'm saying ;o)

Monday, March 28, 2016

more faces

Still experimenting, drawing faces, doodling, working ideas out...

Saturday, March 26, 2016

sketching faces again

My progress to somewhere new is starting... don't know where I am going yet... she looks a bit angry... maybe because the person who drew her is trying to stick to their diet over Easter with chocolate everywhere!!! ;o)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Taking some time out...

I have been doing a lot of thinking lately and decided that I'm not even sure continuing to have an Etsy shop makes any sense for me. The new look banner was an attempt to get back on track but my heart really isn't in it. Not right now at least. Back even a decade ago (before the internet became my selling stage) when I had free time from my freelance design work I would paint, draw, make things and generally enjoy myself. I never felt any pressure. Sure, I used to do occasional craft fairs and sell things I made - but there was no guilt when I wasn't making things specifically to sell.

Etsy has been a great experience for me, a much happier one than selling on Ebay ever was. But, creating items to put up for sale, has a very different vibe to making things for myself, to decorate my own home or give to friends as gifts. The problem has become that I feel like I need to keep putting fresh things into the shop and popping up on the internet with something new to keep people interested. I just don't get the free time to do that very often and big gaps between projects mean that everything has become very scattershot and unfocused. So I feel as though I am constantly failing: I guess that my etsy shop has become a rod to beat myself with.

I've decided the best course of action is to just close the shop for now, so that I stop feeling guilty about it. I have a lot of work to wrap up on the Cult of Doll Almanac, to get it ready for publishing on the 24th of April.... and then I just need to be quiet and let a new direction develop organically. I enjoyed doing the 28 Faces challenge recently, even though I didn't have much time to devote to it and know that drawing and painting must become the focus of whatever comes next... but I have no plans, let's just see where that takes me. I think that is quite a nice way to start the Spring proper ;o)