I actually wanted to make one art doll in month this year. So was it planned. Yet it seems I am far behind that aim. This is the Covid-19 effect on my doll making. Considering how hard it hit several other, I don't want to complain about it at all. So accepted the deceleration in my life and enjoying it as it is. Mid March the lock down started here. The schools, kindergartens, shops, cafes, restaurants, not to mention all cultural activities were affected. We decided to leave to our holiday...

This Easter, my son got a lovely book from his Grandma. The book is about a little penguin, whose greatest dream was flying. It believed when it grows up, his wings would be big enough that he could fly. Although all other penguins laughed at him, he didn't give up exercising and trying everyday. At the end of the story he found an old plane and flew with it. While I was reading the story to my son I remembered my first fly with such a small plane, like the one in the story nearly twenty years...

I have been working on Coral since last summer. I was experimenting with the movement, as I already wrote in my previous blog entry. Several heads and limbs were destroyed, before I finally reached what I was aiming for. Except then she is a real cutie, Coral can do several things which my previous dolls could not do. She can turn her head towards the sides. Her neck is bendable. She can bend her legs. She can sit unaided. All these are possible, first of all, because she is completely needle...

I have been experimenting with the movement of doll's body since last summer very intensively. I messed up so many doll's heads and body pieces. My desk is full with failures, my heart still full with curiosity and excitement. The first development was that the dolls could bend their necks through the help of a wire armature in it. This was an easy success compared to the next step: turning the head to the sides. Finally I finished a doll this week. She can move her head to right and left, as...

It was hard to find a name for this girl. She is a calm one who does not like to speak for herself too much. She is rather there (very present that you cannot "not recognize" her) and observes everything around her. You have to be calm and a good listener in order to get to know her. At one moment she seems to be very fragile, a second later she looks at you through her sapphire blue eyes and looks like an old tree that no one could bend. It took me couple of weeks to finish her, several trials...

I somehow need glamour at the moment. Every girl likes some glamour sometimes, right? I have seen a video, showing Dior Team working on a glamorous dress, and as usual I immediately had the feeling "I want do that!" Then the hands got itchy, mind stormy... I started to make some silk flowers, as the Dior people did :) Bought some tulle and embroidered fabric. Now I am into these flowers. Cut circles, formed them with the help of a candle. Nearly burned my desk, already burned couple of fingers,...

I have been making dolls for several years now. At the beginning it was purely for children. As my doll making journey evolved, I learned new techniques and by this way I could create more sophisticated dolls. At a certain point I had to decide for whom my dolls are made. For children or adult collectors? The decision had to be made, as some of the materials, especially considering the hair and the fabrics for the clothing, are not suitable for a small child. Not because they are not in good...

I have been experimenting with my doll making recently. Actually all of my doll making journey is an experiment in itself. At the moment, yet, I am exploring the movement in my dolls' joints. I want to make their joints movable but not floppy. Especially the movement of the head is challenging. Keeping the head stable and movable at the same time. I already used in several dolls the wire armature in the neck so that it is possible to bend it. What I want to is now however more than that. I want...

Finally summer holidays! I enjoy the holi"days" with my children. On the other hand it means no needles, no scissors for days. What do we do on these days? Enjoy the poppies, roses, ice cream, water, sleeping as long as we want in the mornings, waiting for the sunset to go to bed (which means nearly until midnight). In between some little moments to make dolls. Very little, tiny moments, so that each doll has to progress like a snail. But still the summer is there! The time for ice cream and...

It is already the time to announce the next years doll making workshops at the European Waldorf Doll Seminar in 2020. This event takes place every second year, bringing hundreds of doll makers from all over the world together. Next year I will be there again, and offer couple of classes. I have been into needle felting the dolls' heads for a while now. I also started needle felting the body and the limbs, which gives me more possiblities in exploring the body forms. I thought this might be also...

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