Friday, 17 July 2020
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
I have always admired the work of Patrick Duclou.His miniature buildings and vehicles are beautifully crafted with exquisite detail.
When Patrick asked me last year if I would like to create some characters for a project he had in mind I was delighted .
It was to be a long distance project as Patrick was in France and I in the UK so it was fitting that the project involved transport too.
A true travelling project !
We decided to go ahead with our project in early 2020Patrick would create the vehicle, a beautiful stage coach or as Patrick calls it Park Drag, and I would create the characters .
We had in mind a picture by Cecil Aldin, a winter scene of a mail coach with passengers and we quickly agreed on what kind of characters we wanted, a combination of Charles Dickens's and Cecil Aldin's.
Patrick gave me measurements and I made a cardboard seat to test the dolls for size .
These little people had their own stories to tell.
The first dolls I created were the old woman who had fallen asleep in spite of the cold weather and the bad road ! lets hope she wont fall from the roof of the coach !
Her travelling companionwas rather amused but trying not to show it .....
Despite knowing they would have a blanlet to cover them , I still made detaailed costumes for them
Then the coach man. You can't ignore that only a little a bit of brandy can protect him from getting a cold. I gave him a ruddy complexion and of course some thick mittens
to protect his hands as he held the reins
That must have been a great experience to travel on a coach for hours, rain or shine... or snow and hail!
When they stop at a small inn, 2 more passengers join them.
A younger couple, very smartly dressed and just married. She looks shy and her cheeks are red from cold. Her companion has a lovely small moustache that gives him an aristocratic look!
Tuesday, 7 July 2020
Friday, 8 May 2020
Friday, 3 April 2020
We are all staying home and trying to stay safe during the pandemic , but imagine how it must feel to have no home .
I support a few charities but the one closest to my heart is Crisis UK
I have created this lovely old grandma doll to raffle in support of the charity
Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Sunday, 18 March 2018
Thursday, 4 January 2018
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Friday, 3 February 2017
Thursday, 1 December 2016
I can't believe it's a December already !
One of the highlights of the festive season is always the Kensington Christmas Dollshouse Festival and I am looking forward to the show.
I've been very busy making new characters and hope you can come along to meet them .
If you can make it I'll see you there , Kensington town hall , London , saturday 3rd December