R is for Reaper

I am so excited to be exhibiting in the end of year Bad Apple exhibition ‘A is for Apple’ at the AMAZING Inverarity Gallery this November‚Ķ.I was given the letter RūüôĆūüĎĽūüĖ§ and decided to make my La Morte drawing come to life (with an art doll and horse) – because R is for Reaper, of course!

http://www.inveraritygallery.com/product/r-is-for-reaper/

R is for Reaper…
Ooak art doll.
She is a mix of air dry and polymer clay over a wire frame, with a needle felt over wire torso. Her outfit is a mix of new and recycled fabrics, with crochet chainmail and armour created from a mix of jewelry findings.

Her crown is metal decorated with a polymer clay skull, and has a black and gold veil attached to the back.

Her unicorn horse is also a mix of air dry and polymer clay over a wire frame, with a clay saddle decorated with metal jewelry findings.

Her scythe is a mix of wood, clay , fabric and resin. The base is wooden, and decorated with air dry and polymer clay skulls and flowers. To the top of her scythe she’s approximately 60cm tall.

http://www.inveraritygallery.com/product/r-is-for-reaper/


Prints of my La Morte drawing which inspired the piece are available in my Etsy shop www.etsy.com/uk/shop/samscuriouscreatures

First of the New Collection of Children of the Piper Art Dolls…

This little fellow was found scampering around the presents under my christmas tree … I managed to capture him with the aid of some peanut butter on toast and sent him off to France and his new home ….1 2 3

Elliot = little Ellie in his christmas crown, the first of my new collection of Children of the Piper art dolls … now living in France …

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i am working on the next ones …

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Erin and Ella – the little dancers

the next pencil drawing …

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I have finished the children of the Piper…

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Augustus and his Narwhal                                            Grace and her windmill flower and doll

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Hannah and her teddy                                                   Jasper and his hippo seal

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Maude and her skeleton doll                   Lucien and his crow

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Please visit my sculpture site to see more pictures and read their stories….. ¬† http://www.samcrowsculptures.wordpress.com

I am working on a commission for Jo and Jen…

I am busy working on a commissioned art doll for Jo from Jo Letchford Mosaics, the Old High Street, Folkestone ( wonderful mosaics…go see! www.joletchfordmosaics.co.uk ¬†)‚Äď for her daughter Jen, and two new art dolls

they are now finished…so keep¬†moving down the page to see them … All three are now SOLD

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here they are from almost the beginning after I had made the faces etc…coming to life…

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001 002004005c¬†she is finished…and as I went on, she told me her story which I will write down, but as I worked, and she came more and more to life, she was very vocal¬†about ¬†what her clothes needed to look like… for example I wondered why she insisted on the little cross/ dagger¬†hanging against her chest,¬†which¬†had to be¬†visible¬†and the leather high collar that encased her neck, and the leather armor around vulnerable pulse points…then i realised…she is a vampire hunter… and her needs became clear…

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k¬†and a travel bag with all her other necessary vampire hunting equipment…the bag closes and opens.

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200All three¬†come with their own story in a little book, and a certificate of authenticity…these ones are Clara’s, the vampire hunter.

bready for the fight…bringing death to the undead!

t¬† Then I turned my attention to this little lady who was equally vocal¬† …she is the Morrigan from celtic myth

nop¬†and when she saw her friends amor she insisted on her own, but in a very different style, with crow claw-like fierce boots, leather, chains, metal chest and back plates…

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Mr. Messori, Felix to his friends!

I made the fabric for his jacket and topper from cotton, feathers, leather, various pieces of chain and links, ribbon, suede and lots and lots of stitching!

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Finially! Keep checking in and I will add their stories- I am cluching a biro and scribbling as I type this!

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Finished Frida, Goggins the ticket collector and little Birdie!

Finially finished them…

Goggins…

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Frida’s box measures 43cm/17 inch¬†tall x 27 cm/ 10.5 inch¬†wide and¬† 24cm/ 9.5 inch¬†deep. It is either free standing or can be hung on the wall.

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and is signed on the back!

and Little Birdie…in her wire bird cage…

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Birdie’s cage can either remain free standing or be hung from the hoop at the top… the cage is approx. 38 cm / 15 inches tall.¬† Birdie can come out of the cage if you wish to free her! as she is only tied to her swing…

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253She is made from clay over a wire frame, as is the bird in her hand. Her cage and swing are made from wire, beads and ribbon.  Her outfit is handsewn with handsewn beadwork and her feathery tail is made from fabric and beads. She is a one of a kind art doll and is not made for children due to small parts and wire!

Poor little Birdie, so forlorn, she forever gazes upwards longing to grow wings and fly…

New collection of art dolls

I have finished some new art dolls and will be showing them at my week long exhibition in Folkestone ( see post below this one for details….) starting tommorrow – the 22nd! come visit them!

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At last I have finished the bug catcher!!!!

Here he is….

and the original picture…

take a look in the section at the top called sculpture to see the rest of the pictures!

working on another stitch picture…and the bug catcher still

Whilst waiting for the frame for ‘sometimes’ and to appease the sewing urges whilst i am working away on the bug catcher sculpture…i have begun another stitch picture…lots to do still, but here’s a¬†quick preview of both…

i amworking on¬† his head at the moment – but i don’t want to ruin the surprise by showing it yet! Lots and lots to do !!!!!!!!!!! But he’s getting there and is complaining that i should hurry up and start painting him because he has a mission to complete! So i better carry on….

more work on the music man…

here are some more pictures of the work i have been doing on the music man mixed media sculpture…

the legs are on the big drum…

the hat is now attached so it raises when the string is pulled…

making the wheels …
attaching wheels to the legs…
making the drum sticks for the back drum…
attaching the sticks so the alternate hitting the drum…
side views
leather funnel
adding the bells and chimes that ring when the wheels turn…

nearly finished…just have to paint some of the bits i have added …paint the base etc etc etc…!!!!!!
working on the trumpet
just have to make the mouth piece!
and finally actually working on the little girl’s push along horse
I better hurry and finish it for her before she looses her patience!
will update with more pics soon!