>I took a bit of a detour from my normal pastimes this evening and played with paints.
My family has a lot of doll collectors. My Aunt is the main leader, and my mom and my cousin are also doll folk. I used to collect them as well… starting off with American Girls and Barbies, then Gene (who was based on the idea of an old movie starlette). My aunt gave me a lovely USO Gene doll this weekend and it made me pull out my couple of dolls and enjoy them again. They’re pretty darn neat- even my husband is getting a kick out of their tiny little detailed outfits. Of course, this led to trolling around the internet and looking at what else is new… and man, if you like vintage clothing or old movies and things in miniature there’s a whole slew of dolls out there that are pretty spiffy. Just look at what this talented lady does when she combines Gene with classic movies or couture.
Looking at all the options out there lead me to OOAK dolls, or repaints. Fascinating stuff- there’s some really talented folks out there. I’m totally new to this world or ball jointed dolls (though my cousin told me about them a while ago), and remembered I had a Tyler Wentworth my mom gave me when I graduated fashion school. She’s a modern fashion design doll and as well as her arms and legs moving like normal fashion dolls she has elbows and knees that bend as well. It’s really amazing what folks do using the dolls and fashion poses– they really look like real people sometimes. Here’s another link to neat photography inspired by the 1920s.
I was never really a big fan of my Tyler’s face. I guess I’m more of a vintage gal, so of course I wanted red lipstick and more vintage beauty. So… being adventurous tonight I used this tutorial and tried to give her a bit of a vintage makeover. Eh, not too bad for a first try- though my hand isn’t nearly as steady as other folks, I’m much happier with her new look. Next up I try to figure out styling her hair to be more vintage. We’ll see what happens!
Well, at least this gives me something to do with the… oh.. two bins of fabric scraps I have in the garage. Like I need to add anything else to my regular rotation of hobbies. But it is a quite pleasant diversion.
I’ve decided to start pocketing money away for one of these dolls. An old Hollywood costume designer? Yes, please.
Fashion is fun. Even when miniature sized.