I’m Seeing a Pattern Here…
While we are all at home during this COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are exploring our hobbies. We’re finding positive, creative ways to keep ourselves busy and fulfilled as we cope and wait for the virus situation to get under control. If you’re reading this, then chances are you find comfort in art and dollmaking, like me.
In light of that, I have started a new challenge project together with a wonderful group of cyber-doll artists. We’re all using a similar doll pattern, and interpreting it our own way. You’re invited to join if you like, or you can just watch my progress.
The project started on Doll Street Dreamers, and we’re making super whimsical dolls using any pattern by Paula McGee. I’ve only just begun, and here’s what I’ve done so far: faerie parts!
Paula is a wonderful cloth doll artist, and I’ve been admiring her work for many years. She makes absolutely fabulous cloth faerie dolls. Making something magical, happy and whimsical is exactly up my alley right now. It’s the perfect thing to put energy into, especially while corroborating with others.
Doll Street Dreamers
Doll Street is an online doll community that goes way back. I’ve been part of it since 2003, which means that this group predates Facebook, Instagram and all the other popular social media platforms of today. It was even around before Yahoo! Groups, which was all the rage for online doll makers before it disappeared. Doll Street changed several hands, too, but it’s still alive. And because I am one of the original members, it’s special to me.
Social Distancing and Social Media Closeness
Being part of an online art group is a healthy thing to do these days. It can help counteract the feeling of isolation while we’re all practicing social distancing. One of the most dollightful things about dollmaking is the sense of community. Throughout the years, I’ve realized that doll makers from near and far feel close because we share something unique. Though we’re spread out far and wide, we “know” each other, and we’re all friends. We are a seriously quirky group of creative people who speak a common language, and we share something we all understand and love. So I invite you to our current challenge!
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Oh, What to Wear?
My stash is kind of low and I can’t go to the store, but that shouldn’t be a problem. I’ve got a lot of vintage lace trim to play around with. I’ve already pieced some of it together to create my faerie “boots,” and I think the rest of her clothing will be done that way, too.
I do hope you’ll join in on this project. Dolls should be done by the end of May. Grab a pattern, and start making your faerie, and let’s practice some artsy fartsy social closeness. Stay safe, and have a dollightful day!