Introduction To Doll Artistry Blog

This blog is especially for those with an interest of doll artistry, and for those who are new to this wonderful art form.  In this blog, you will have a chance to learn about the concepts and visions behind the world of doll artistry.  Although it goes a little beyond technique.  It is more about vision, and how the fabrics and types of art styles can allow for an artful expression.  This blog is meant to introduce you to this form of art and to open opportunities for you to learn about the wonderful work of doll art.

Find Peace and Tranquility in Steampunk

I just got finished reading Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines series. It's a story of traction cities, cities on wheels, eating other cities to survive.  It's an adventure reading it.  It's also a book with a lot of chaos. Page to page, war, fights, mistrust and cities devouring other cities, to take over, to gain power. There is more to the story, but can you imagine a whole city on wheels, with a mouth about to eat a smaller city? I can imagine the wheels part, not the city with a physical mouth.  Big cities going after little cities, people driven away, selling other people to make a living, not knowing who to trust, as most of the people were looking out for themselves. But then in midst of all the war and fighting in this steampunk world, you do find commardariee, friendship, bravery and love; deep within the comfines of destruction and war, there lies the fight for existence of peace.

I had to get this off my chest, because machines, with it's many parts can represent so many things, if you look at it philosophically. Sometimes you can look at machine parts as harsh, and brazen, loud and too much to bear.  But then they can also be intricate, delicate, soft and can add a calming affect.  

In the photo of the figure below,  we have a figure sitting with legs folded, made up into a relaxing pose.  The clothes on the figure are fabrics that would move well on a being like us. It's knit fabric, which breathes nicely and moves with the flow of the contours of a body. Imagine that with this figure, which happens to be made of cotton and cloth. 

Steampunk Yoga

Steampunk Yoga

We combined the cogs, and coils of watch parts to this body suit of knit fabric, to make known the presence of steampunk. But with this state of peace, that this figurine is in, it is the part of steampunk, that is calming. The cogs and coils, are made into a pattern around the neckline of the figure.  Coils and cogs are made functional, as the figure wears a headset on the right side of the  face. It is imagined that this figure, would be talking into the headpeace, leading a very large group of over 200 people into a meditative state of tranquilty, self-awareness and peace.  It's to promote the purpose of healing of the busy mind and body.

Steampunk has many possiblities of expression and calm is one of them. One of many, I should say. What is the pink hair about?  It's more about self-awarenss than anything. It is the part of ourselves that is true. The part of us, that is protected from harm, or from ridicule.  It is not easy to reveal what we truly are, because there are those who will no except it. But, it is stil important that we seek out that person of who we really are. That self awareness, and celebrate it, even if others won't or can't, because they have not yet, embraced their individuality, their self awareness.  The peace and tranquility of steampunk, allows that true self, embraces the true self, and celebrates it!

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Doll Artistry: Custom Made To Make Customer Happy, And To Make A Difference In Someone's Life

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I wanted to take you through the interesting parts of artistry, when creating dolls. Not too much details to bore you with you, but just the a little of the artistic process that happens. I want to say that art has a process in creating it. Whether it is music, writing or doll making. The concept is, that with in the process, there is a slow form of interpretation. Interpretation of a thought, of an idea; And colors, fabrics and techniques are used to express in creating dolls of art. Here I want to take you a little behind the scenes of making a custom doll for a customer.

This doll was custom made from Lizjul, for a customer . The customer wanted a doll that represented healing. She wanted to give it to a friend who had a terminal illness. The customer wanted to have the doll represent healing but also for the doll to represent hope, strength, resilience. The customer didn’t describe how the doll should look like, but that the doll was to have those same aspects that were just mentioned. As the customer gave me the coordinates, I began to construct images, within my mind’s eye. I then asked the customer a few particulars, like hair color preference, fabric color. After that, I conjured some ideas to create this doll of healing.

The making of the doll began with some research. When thinking of hope, strength and resilience, nature is the best place to go for inspiration. Because nature can withstand every single change that life can possibly endure and what we could possible imagine. I specifically looked at the animals in nature. Mostly small creatures, that you would never think would survive or withstand against the changes of the world and it’s environment. I thought of the wing creatures, that move about so quickly, as their wings wave with a great amount of speed; and with that speed, the wings look like they are moving very slowly. I thought of the dragon fly.

The doll was called the Anisoptera. which is a species of dragonfly. In some Native American tribes, the dragonfly represents transformation. Transformation was a relevant term, a concept used in making the doll. I will explain how, momentarily.  

I used fabrics that looked delicate, but that also had a heft. That heft was the strength. You couldn’t tell from the fabric, in the looking at the photo, but you can feel it, you could sense it, from the imagery. I choose silk and sateen fabrics, because these fabrics had a bit of sheen to them. I wanted a glistening glow and effect about the doll, like that of dragonfly. In colors, I chose white, as in a soft cloud and a bronze color, as in earth. I think of a cloud, as a symbol to lift you up from the pain, in order to heal. Then with the bronze color, it was to be seen as a new beginning of walking on the earth, with a renew feeling of wellness.  

To create the strength and resilience, I created a curled and twined gold crown. If you look upon it, it is delicate, but as you look closer, there are twirls and curls, which is meant to symbolize the resilience, as well as the strength. The body maybe delicate, in the state of illness, but it also has resilience, in spirit, and the quest for hope, strength and to heal. The gold crown was made to carry those words. I added a gold jewel wire design, around the top part of the dress. It is the dragonfly. Notice the wings at the neck.

Last but not least, we added the harp. The harp, is known to induce restfulness, peacefulness. And that, can call on healing.  

As transformation was key in the symbolisms of a dragonfly; with the use of the fabrics made from silk and sateen, with colors of a cloud and earth (of white and bronze), the textures with heft, and yet have a look that is feather light, all these aspects, are what the doll was made into and what this doll was made for. For hope, resilience, strength, for healing.

It’s a wonderful process. Having the opportunity to make a customer happy, and making a difference in someone’s life, brings full meaning to being an artist. And in this case, a doll artist.

Happy Holidays From Lizjul Doll Designings

Happy Holidays Everyone,

Hope you had a wonderful start to your holiday. It has us thinking about some ideas for the dolls, for the new year.  We want to try wood as a material.  

We hope you will join us our website to see a preview. In the meantime, take a look at our doll paintings for gifts for your loved one.  One final thing, as you may have seen from our videos there is meaning behind the paintings and dolls.  But we decided to add a story to, two particular doll paintings.  We will post the fun story for you soon, just in time for the holidays.  

All the best,

Lizjul