We've had quite a week here at Chez Conwell...the AC went out last Wednesday night, so I spent Thursday and Friday in a house where the first morning's 78 was the all time low. By Friday night, it was a whopping 100 in the house...even the candles on the shelves were melting. But they fixed it finally, and we now have a much better appreciation of modern air conditioning.
Since I was stuck in the house because of repair men present, I figured I may as well make some progress on dolls--it actually did help to divert my attention from the sweltering pity-party. I'd been studying Boudoir Dolls (also called Bed Dolls or Flapper Dolls) for months, inspired by the history behind them. So I designed a body pattern, sculpted some heads a few weeks back, and have been working on six new creations (and dressing the last three Izzy dolls too) for the show in two weeks.
The boudoir / bed dolls I'm working on are quite a bit smaller than antique ones...mine average 18" tall, whereas the old ones were anywhere from 24" to 36" tall! One of these days I'd like to make one that is authentic in that detail, but for now mine are more like my version of a bed doll, rather than a reproduction.
Here are some photos of antiques. There is a wide variance in styles over the decades these dolls were produced--1920's to the 1940's. In a day or two, I'll have pictures of mine up. Promise. :~)