My Latest Sculpture...

I recently had the pleasure of participating in the alumni art show for the University of Michigan School of Art & Design. I managed (despite the baby) to crank out this sculpture titled "Superior", which is a symbolic representation of Lake Superior in female form. I'll get some better pics taken to post later, but this is what I've got at the moment. Under her skirt are images of ships being tossed in a storm, which you can't see here, and her upper torso is covered with a Lake Superior nautical map collage.

There is a lighthouse bed and breakfast that we love to visit, up along the Lake Superior shoreline in the Upper Peninsula. We have stayed there during all times of the year, and I have been fascinated by the wild, elemental nature of the lake. According to those who have traveled the lake, it might as well be the ocean for as big as it is. I tried to capture those qualities in this sculpture.


Handmade Boudoir Dolls

Here are some pictures of handmade dolls I made a while back. They were inspired by the boudoir dolls of the 1920's, but are smaller, about 12". I made parlour maids, flower fairies and flappers. I enjoy the simplicity of the body pattern, as it lends itself to the different characters and clothing styles. These were fun to make but surprisingly time consuming. I was able to streamline my process of cutting, sewing and stuffing the bodies, but customizing took forever - the embroidered hair of one orange haired flapper took almost 2 hours to apply!

Welcome to my Blog!

I am starting this blog because I want to join the community of crafters and artists who have inspired me and kept me company. I am a mom of two girls, 6 years and 10 months, and while I love them dearly the "mom world" can be isolating. Perhaps with the audience of the blogosphere I can commit myself to creating and sharing on a regular basis. I also want to examine the concept of frugality and life simplification, as so many of the wonderful artists I have admired have written about. I have taken many of your ideas and applied them to my situation. I really look forward to getting to know you better!