Monday, 14 October 2013

La Diablesse

The first book I ever read by myself was called Mouth Open Story Jump Out, by Grace Hallworth (and by book I mean a something longer than six pages with more than eight words on a page) I am dyslexic so the first book I read will always be an especially big deal to me.  It’s a collection spooky stories from Trinidad and Tobago and its characters and lessons have stayed with me ever since and have repeatedly been featured in my art work.

This next doll is based on one of the character that I found the most compelling, La Diablesse, the lady-devil.  A decedent and alluring creature who loves to dance and lead men astray, often to their deaths, unless they are lucky enough to spot the cloven hoof beneath her long, full skirt....

My la Diablesse is a little different in that she has two cloven hooves beneath her skirts instead of one.  I gave her a wide brimmed hat to hide her face and further emphasized this by not giving her eyes, just red, smiling lips. 

Friday, 11 October 2013

Carnival Lady

My inspirations for this lady were carnivals and the 18 century fashion for panniers.  She is probably the only one of my lineup to not be in some way connected to Halloween, but I loved her silhouette and didn't want to do too much to hide it, so I decided to give her the skeletal frame of a costume.  I've always wanted to make a wire underskirt and this seemed a good time to try.  I now think of her as some sort of Mardi Gras and Day of the Dead amalgamation, with a little bit of Lady Gaga and Jessie J thrown in too.  

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Halloween lineup

At the moment I’m running a little giveaway on my Facebook page that will give people the opportunity to win one of these dolls. 

The rest will then be for sale on the website that I have promised myself I will make before the end of the month!   

I’ll be introducing each character properly over the next few days, posting more photos of them and giving a little detail on their character and creation.