Miss Gioia

Monday, January 29, 2007

Konichi, Wassahp!?

In February, I am teaching a little rag doll workshop here in Beijing. I looked on the internet for free patterns that we can use, but I couldn't really find any that I liked. There seem to be a lot of themed, complicated, or even creepy patterns, but few basic ones. So I have been working to create an easy rag doll pattern that we can use in the class.

Introducing Prototype #1, or Miss Konichi, as Chris has named her.

I liked her hair quite a bit, but it was complex and fiddly. Also, her proportions were nice (except for the too skinny legs), but her narrow body means that sewing and turning her would be a challenge for people new to doll making. So she is cute, but not quite right. Back to the drawing board!

I have been using a trial version of Adobe Illustrator to make the test patterns. In this process, I have learned two main things. First, it actually has been very useful for making trial patterns - easy to adjust your work once you get the hang of the basic commands. Second, I totally need to take a class in this program before I pay $499 to own it. This program is crazy complex. To all of you who use illustrator to make cool images - Good on ya.



Anonymous F. Magdalene said...

I like her so very much. I'm totally new to doll making. I'm actually doing it as art therapy for myself. This little girl you've made just touches my heart for some reason. I don't know, I think she's sweet. Could I make her? Who knows but I certainly enjoy looking at her. She may need a hug. Do you plan to offer her for sale? I'll even dress her myself.


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