June 22, 2009

Elements Challenge on ADO




1. What inspired you to participate in the Elements challenge? Which Element(s) have you decided to do?
I was a member of the Canadian Doll Artists Association and the theme for the conference challenge that year was the Elements. Actually even for the original conference, the request was for any one of the four elements but I couldn't get past the idea of my Solstice Circle. So I did all four. Earth was my first, I created her shortly after taking a class with Doll Artist Kathyrn Walmsley on a polymer clay elf at the previous conference and added the others slowly until the next conference.
When they announced the challenge for Elements on ADO I checked to see if my entry would qualify and couldn't wait!! I love the way the piece turned out and didn't really get a chance to share it with anyone before I sold it.


2. What materials were used in creating your pieces? How long did it take you to create your piece?
I used a mixture of Super Sculpey and Cernit for all the dolls, styrofoam for rocks, some actual pebbles and resin for a water puddle, recycle sari silk for the fire, lots of ribbons, beads and wool for hair.

3. What was the easiest aspect of creating the piece? What was the most challenging?
Easily the most challenging aspect was creating the base, I had never done anything like that before and working with the four elements I definitely needed a base. The easiest, I had a pretty clear story in my head so I knew what I wanted them to look like.

4. Did you learn anything or feel you've accomplished anything new through this artwork?

I was pretty new to sculpting, so the whole sculpting experience and materials were new to me. Working through the process over the period of about 8 months or so gave me a little time to develop my skills and a feel for the material. I now LOVE sculpting and though I don't use Cernit any longer... no particular reason other than availability... I will never stop sculpting and trying new materials and looking for new props!

24 comments:

Mealy Monster Land said...

this pieces is fantastic!
:) Nicole

Connie said...

Your dolls are lovely. I love the costumes and how they are all together. Like an elemental circle.

Catherine said...

I love your elements Dolls!! and your work is out standing! I appreciate you visiting my blog... this is so new for me! Hugs

Sarah said...

I love your four elements dolls in their beautiful dancing circle! Lovely work!

Romona said...

Very nice and so creative. Well done. Romona

Bone*Head*Studios said...

LBW,
I LOVE LOVE LOVE your creations!!!
Thank you for the wips too, my most favorite!!!
blessings,
Flora

Abi said...

Fabulous piece. So much work and detail. First class!

Deanna Hogan said...

Each one is wonderful when viewed individually, but as a whole, they're so much more powerful.

creativedawn said...

Your dolls are fantastic and I really enjoyed the soltice idea as these elements do work together in nature ... FANTASTIC work!
Pam

christina said...

thanks for visiting my blog :)
this piece is so beautiful! so much detail. and i love the way you have them standing in a circle. amazing work!

Linda said...

Amazing amount of work and detail gone into making this piece, its wonderful. Lindax

Lorraine said...

Wow, your Element Dolls are fabulous!! Such a gorgeous piece..and so much detail!:o)

Knot By Gran'ma said...

An amazing piece!

Cody Goodin said...

Awesome work. Thank you for sharing them.

jasmoon-butterfly said...

So much wonderful work & detail involved...thank you for sharing xxx

Vee said...

An amazing piece. Everything works so well together. I really love it.

Yve said...

I love the circle, they must be dancing round Avebury or Stoneghenge :o)

Dessa Rae said...

Beautiful, fantastic!! a lot of work went into this piece, I can tell!!

Christine said...

A most impressive art doll piece~w-o-w! I really enjoyed reading about your process and I never would have guessed you are new to sculpting.Bravo!

Blue Dragon Arts said...

this is a lovely piece and the solstice circle is a wonderful way to display them all.

Caroline said...

Absolutely fabulous! ☺

yarnahoy said...

So incredibly detailed & ethereal.
Beautiful! You're very talented.

Trolineke said...

What a beautiful scene, the beautiful clothes and beautiful faces, very nice.

Las Noches said...

4 dolls! so much work and so beatiful!