Sunday, January 16, 2011

WIP - Cloth/Found Object Art Doll

Last week I was working with mono printing on fabric. I wasn't to happy with the end results until I flipped the fabric over and found a beautiful print on the backside. The fabric was ironed onto a sheet of freezer paper and then worked into with acrylics. Layer after layer I kept on with the process. 
Anyway, as I was pulling the freezer paper off the fabric, I had already decided that I would continue to evolve the piece somehow. I threw it on the table feeling disappointed, but not defeated. It landed face down and starring up at me was this awesome abstract piece on the backside!!!
So, after I got over that nice surprise, I decided to try it out on a doll. Turning a stiff painted fabric inside out was a challenge to say the least. After machine sewing the main body and packing it with what seems like a truck load of fiber-fil, I had to reinforce the seams with some hand stitching because it started to come unsewn. I can't even count the number of times I pricked my fingers with the needle. Luckily, I only had to use a thimble to get the needle through the painted fabric. There have been times where I have used a pair of pliers!
Tried all kinds of legs and opted for this strange wooden contraption I purchased this past summer. I am still debating on how to deal with the arms? Or does she even need arms? Oh Yeah! and the face!

6 comments:

stregata said...

The fabric is really cool - love the muted colours! Of course, I now wonder what the front of it looks like. I would opt for arms...

Are you curious about me? said...

Hi Carla

At last you are printing.. Hurrah!

I have been waiting...

I have been dissapointed with some of my prints too, I might just try the freezer paper trick. Your results are wonderful...Loving your doll... No arms needed in my mind.

paula said...

when i see someone push through and allow their work to morph i always get excited. i'm excited. keep going :)
arms. no arms. face. no face. i like it right now!

cat said...

Renate - I should have posted the front, but believe me, you would have been disappointed!

Julie - I have to agree that it is about time!! I keep leaning towards no arms!

Paula - I agree! No arms! No face!
Thanks!

studioJudith said...

Great fabric . .
my vote:
no face/no arms.
Pure form and an implication
of humanity.

Wondrous work, Miss Carla !

jjj

cat said...

Hello Miss J.!!
It's always a pleasure to have you stop by!!
I'm kind of thinking no arms/face.
However, I have been contemplating a nose?!

Thanks!