Lizjul 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.



Dolls For The Season

African Blue Bells

African Blue Bells

Akili              Imani            Kenya         Ashanti    Sasha                            

Can you guess why these dolls are called African Blue Bells? There are the colors on the African fabric which is blue and white patterns and shapes.   The dresses are adorned with heavy iridescent or pearl beading. Each of the dolls' dresses are unique, but their dresses were all crocheted using cotton African fabric. By using crocheting as the technique and design,  their dresses, resemble a bell shaped form.  The dress is thick, heavy and yet elegant.   The vision I have are that if these dresses could stand on their own, they would do so, like a bell placed on a table.  The texture of the dresses are sturdy, pleasant and smooth. The idea behind the African Blue Bells dolls is just an inspiration of what is friendship, sisterhood and family.  These dolls are one of a kind. We hope to make them available for sale in April 2018.  Stay tuned for more even the African Blue Bell song and storyline.

A Doll's Story To Tell

I had stories accompany each of the dolls I made in the early years. I thought that it would add to the dolls' imagery.  But then time grew tinier and tinier. And soon, I didn't have time to devote my energies to the story telling for each doll. But now I have returned back to my roots. Now it won't be every single doll, but just some.

Why bother with stories? There are a few reasons for that, of which I would like to offer three of those reasons. One, there is a backstory to the design of the outfit I create on the dolls; there is theme around the dolls outfit. Two,  they are unique enough (the dolls and doll outfits), that they demand an explanation and third, I love writing, I love stories and it's just plain fun.

Look out for a story for the Halloween/Solstice. 

All the best,


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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