November 15, 2009

:D






haha! just playing around with my new doll eyes and heads!
they're some of the characters from a new animation that i'm working on.

October 13, 2009

new home, doll wip and journals


hey everyone :)


I haven't blogged in over a month and so much has changed in that time. I have moved to Derby, England to do my MA in Art Therapy. I love the city and the course is great so far although it requires a lot of reading which I can't seem to convince myself to do. What's great though is that we get our own little workspace to produce artwork which will be exhibited at the end of the course. I have an idea for a doll animation and i plan to start working on it as soon as possible.



I've been working a few things that i plan to put up in my etsy shop. I actually share a kitchen with five other people now so baking polymer clay is not as easy. Also apparently the oven here is different to the one i had at home and the first time i tried to bake clay i burned it, filling the kitchen with dark smoke and toxic fumes! Fortunatelly they didn't kick me out and my next attempts were a lot more successful. However i guess it will be better for everyone if i don't bake clay in the shared kitchen. I thought of trying paperclay but i can't find any local store that sells it here so i might have to order some online.
Anyway, here are the two dollies i'm working on:





yes, my room is actually this messy right now. i need to start tidying. or reading. but before i do that, i just realized that i never posted pictures of the journals i made. i thought it'd be quite funny to have a doll stare at you while you write.


three of them are still in the shop.

well, i guess that's all for now
take care

August 28, 2009

my first treasury

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black&whiteness on etsy!
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August 26, 2009

Bahdoon and Amina






This is Bahdoon. His name in Somali means 'born away from home'.



This is Amina. Her name in Somali means peaceful, secure.




Bahdoon and Amina are available in my etsy shop.

August 20, 2009

blue, white and gold



I spent four wonderful days on this lovely island called Serifos. A lot of sun, sea, sand, wind (ok, that was a bit annoying, especially in combination with the sand!), good food and great company. Everything was so great, I wish it could have lasted longer.

It's been several days since I've come back and I have two new dolls ready but I thought my holiday deserved a post of its own. (that and i haven't photographed my dolls yet!)

and that's a happy looking me on holiday. i just noticed it looks like I'm wearing braces but that's actually my hair getting in front of my face!



i'll be back with a post about my new dolls soon

take care :)

August 02, 2009

Lucio and Liz








I had a lot of fun making these!
These busts are aprox.
17cm (6.5 inches) tall. They are the first item that I've listed in my Etsy shop. I know I said I would set up my shop after I had moved to my new place but it seems I couldn't wait that long. August 1st seemed like a nice date to start something!

Btw, I realise that they're not technically busts but I'm calling them that because I don't think there is a more appropriate word for what they are. Or maybe my English is not that good! Feel free to correct me :)

July 28, 2009

colourful eyes - work in progress


first of all, i want to say thanks and welcome to everyone who has started following my blog after the 4 elements challenge. i hope you enjoy what you see here :)

i've been working on some new dolls and i wanted to try using glass eyes because up to now all my dolls' eyes were painted by me. so i went shopping looking for eyes (how weird does that sound?) i couldn't find glass eyes that i liked but i found something better! i was lucky enough to find some beautiful glass beads that i'm using for eyes. their colour looks very different depending on the lighting and the angle from which you look at them. at first i only bought 4 pairs but i loved them so much that i went back and bought 20 more! here's a picture of the first two doll heads i've used them on


and another one taken with flash


  
these two dolls are supposed to be a couple. as soon as i saw them together they kinda reminded me of my parents (though i bet i'm the only one who can see the resemblance!) so their names and characters will be loosely based on them. hopefully they'll be finished really soon and i'll show you pictures.
that's all for now
ciao!

July 16, 2009

Aquamarine


So, here she is! My new doll Aquamarine, made for the ADO 4 elements challenge.






paper boats and jellyfish are two of my favourite things to draw and i use them as symbols in my creations quite often. i had never used them in a doll before though, so this challenge was a great opportunity to do that. i'm happy with how she turned out (although i wish i had made her hair longer). i hope you like her as well! you can see pictures of her in various stages in my previous post.

i can't wait to see the rest of the dolls created for the challenge! but i guess i'll have to wait until tomorrow :)

my newest doll step by step


about this doll: i'll be participating in the ADO blog challenge, the theme of which is to make an art doll inspired by the 4 elements. As soon as i read what the theme was i immediately had an image in my head of what i wanted to make. So, i chose water (although i have to say earth was a close second). i thought i'd try to take pictures in each stage of the doll while making it and honestly i'm quite proud that i managed to do this because usually i'm just rushing to get to the next step and completely forget! 
Let's see...

step I: the wire and aluminum foil armature


step II: added polymer clay over the armature and made the head and torso, then baked



step III: added hands, then baked



step IV: covered the arms with gauze fabric and painted the doll



step V: gave her hair and started making her dress  



step VI: the dress is almost finished



almost finished. i still have to add the little details which i think will really make this doll special. It's two elements that seem to often appear in the things i create (so i bet my friends won't be surprised ;P)
i'll post pics of the finished doll tomorrow.

unti then... bye bye!

July 02, 2009

my name is...



So, allow me to introduce myself... i'm Christina. i'm from Thessaloniki, Greece, where i currently live (but not for long). i am a theatre and stage design graduate and this September i will be moving to England to study art therapy.
i love creating things. i have a fascination with stop-motion animation which began the first time i watched Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. i have been greatly inspired and influenced by Burton's work as well as by the Czech masters of stop-motion. i have made an amateur short film (which is where these pictures are from) and hope to make more (and more professional looking) in the future. i'm already working on the story and characters for the next one!


Through stop-motion i have become very interested in doll making, which is quite funny since for most people it's the opposite. i am currently experimenting with different doll making techniques and exploring the online world of art dolls, reading tutorials and admiring other artists work. i try to spend as much time as i can making dolls so that i can get better and better at it. i hope that as soon as i settle in my new english tiny little room i will be ready to open my 'dear treehouse,' online shop.
i've started this blog so that i can share some of my work, as well as news and thoughts that i just can't keep to myself!
so,... welcome to my blog :)

July 01, 2009

something new



hello world!