Tuesday, October 30, 2018
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed having Clarice with me until she
was ready to go home and meet her new family.
She stands 14 inches, made of wood and lots of love !
Her clothing is inspired in one of the absolutely amazing
Piero Tosi's costuming. My doll's gown is a recreation of one
of the dresses that he designed for the
Opera "Don Carlos" - Teatro La Fenice, Italy
Exquisite hand-carving and clothing.
This 19th century Chinese embroidered textile is beautiful.
I have posted many pictures, so you can see the details of this
Antique English mohair wig and black pupil-less glass eyes
BODICE : Elaborately decorated with Silver and Gold metallic trims, dating from the 19th century.
Monday, September 24, 2018
I must share this email I just received!
I am very happy that “Fernando” arrived home safely
and now enjoying time with his lovely “Fleurette”
Fernando & Fleurette are the epitome of a courtly Renaissance
couple. Their exquisitely carved faces which are truly a work of art,
along with their amazingly detailed costumes of period fabrics
transports one to a lost era of brilliance
Sonia you don't make dolls you create Magic !
Amazing 25 in. tall hand-carved wooden doll.
"Fernando" is my representation of a young nobleman
of the 15th Century.
Love the Spanish Renaissance fashion !!
The women's and men's clothing in this period enjoyed
a wide range of colors....Fernando's clothing is exquisite.
I have posted many pictures for you to enjoy not only the beauty of this doll, but these early textiles and all
of the details of his outfit and accessories.
DOUBLET: Ottoman, Early 19th c.
CLOAK: Beautiful Silk embroidery with chenille and metallic threads, France, 1750's.
Beautiful embroidered silk hose, kept in place by garters.
SLASHED BREECHES: 18th c. silk and copper embroidery
Close-up picture of Fernando's fully lined Doublet
Lovely English mohair wig and black pupil-less glass eyes,
dating back to late 19th c.
Sunday, July 29, 2018
"Perceval" is my representation of a young African man that
was brought as a servant to the British Empire in the 18th century.
I dressed Perceval in clothing that is historically inspired.
He stands 21 1/2 inches tall.
Exquisite hand-carved on linden wood.
Inset antique glass eyes.
Copper and Silk Embroidery Waistcoat trimmed with Victorian glass seed-beads,
a wonderful early textile dating back to the 18th c.
Victorian Black cotton shoes and plum-rosette ribbon, embellished with glass seed-beads.
Perceval is not only a beautifully hand-crafted doll,
he is an extremely charming boy!
Silk Stockings with metallic embroidery, both materials French in origin, 1850 ca.
Beautiful examples of late 18th c. block printed textiles,
possibly printed in India for the British market.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
"La Señorita Fleurette" is inspired by a portrait of
a young noblewoman of the 17th Century Spanish
School. Hand-carved from wood, inset antique
glass eyes. She has a serene, gentle expression
and depicts a formal attitude.
I just finished the final touches on her ornate
attire and I have posted many pictures for you
to enjoy not only the beauty of this doll, but
these early elaborated textures and all of the
details of her clothing.
Very, very wide pannier, in the 17th century style, keep her gown spectacular with
extreme fuller hips and a tiny waist.
Stomacher: 18th century metallic embroidery
The embroidery silk panel is beautifully executed ! It dates from around 1750's, made in France. Amazing example of early textile made with intricate chenille needlework, embroidered metallic threads in gold and silver and metal embellishments.
Lovely contrast of colors: the copper silk brocaded panel (Italian in origin) and this delightful French ribbon work.
These materials date back to early 19th c.
Again.....the combination of the copper silk brocaded
and this divine lavender Victorian silk, so rich and
Fleurette looks gorgeous in her floral headdress !
She stands just over 23 inches tall.
The upper of the heeled shoes is composed of the same copper silk brocaded I used for her skirt,
embellished with a lovely Victorian rosette trim, silver metallic applique and glass seed beads.