|Needle sculpted Figurative Fiber Art Doll by Marla L. Niederer|
Okay, so I have mentioned before that I have a propensity for chasing all things shiny down the artistic rabbit hole. My artistic interests have been varied throughout my life and continue to be so. That can be very distracting when trying to focus on refining skills in one area but it also can lead to growth in the area of focus. I have currently been working on a project that has been taking considerable amount of time. But the more I work on it the more I see all my varied artistic pursuits falling into place.
The project I am working on is a Figurative Fiber Art Doll. I started it in response to the critique I had on my work at the NAIDA Conference last summer. I completely revamped my Art Doll patterns to create this doll and this is the latest of many revisions. If truth be told, it is definitely not the last. Although I still need to make further revisions in future Art dolls, I wanted to see how things flow together so decided to complete this one.
As I have been working on this doll I have started painting watercolors with a group of watercolor artists. When I paint with watercolors on paper there are no expectations, no classes to put together to teach, no paintings needed to be painted to sell. It is just the flow of water, paint, paintbrush, vision, and being in the moment. It has been a very calming experience for me and one that I plan to continue.
I have been using watercolors to create facial features and skin tone on my art dolls for quite some time but the added practice with watercolors, even though it is not doll related, seems to be impacting my painting of my art dolls.
Before I started working on this project I was going through this renewed interest in crochet. I hadn’t crocheted in over 20 years but when going for some shopping therapy after my NIADA critique I stopped in a fiber shop and came across some fine silk crochet thread that made its way back home with me. I didn’t know what I wanted it for when I bought it but it was silk and shiny and soothing to the soul. I played a little bit with crocheting motifs with the thread thinking I was going to make some earrings with them. That never happened but………
I have been an avid jewelry maker for quite some time. I typically make jewelry for myself and gifts with an occasional sale here and there. So I started getting a beading magazine this fall and decided to make this pair of earrings amongst other things.
Of course I also had to embellish my art doll with some beadwork.
|Needle sculpted Figurative Fiber Art doll by Marla L. Niederer|
This work is still in progress. I’m hoping to have her completed to exhibit at the Quinlan Philadelphia Art Doll and Teddy Bear Conference and the Artistic Figures in Cloth and Clay Conference in Columbus Ohio this spring. I will be teaching Art Doll classes at both conferences.
I will be teaching Mardi-Gras Tassel Ornament Doll at the Philadelphia conference. You can find out more about the class and how to sign up here.
I will be teaching The Goddess at the Columbus, Ohio conference. You can find out more about the class and how to sign up here.
|Claudette by Marla L. Niederer|
And if you don’t want to wait until spring to take a class, I am teaching an online class on AforArtistic that starts this coming week called Claudette: A Cage Doll. You can find out more about the class and how to sign up here.