I've had a delightful time the past few weeks making the dolls for Hally Levesque's "Romantic Rosabella" class in Session 1 of Artful Gathering. I was only going to make 2 dolls but could not decide which color I wanted the base to be so I ended up choosing seven different colors from solid color fabric my sister had given me.
I figured at least one or two of the dolls would come out nicely and was pleasantly surprised when they all did. Even though the dolls are all similar looking they all ended up having their own little personalities. To no surprise most are "Diva's" or at least they think they are.
This is the sixth doll I made from that class. She has a handmade with hand sculpted paper clay face, arm, and bonnet. She also has handmade silk ribbon flowers as well as painted flowers down the front of her dress. Handmade silk ribbon flowers are also used for her bouquet and to decorate her bonnet.
Her overskirt is a piece of lace I cut from an old lace jacket that belonged to my sister-in-laws mother, Celia, that I had been holding on to for awhile. Gathered tulle is underneath her lace overskirt which adds to her romantic look.
I had been saving some of the beautiful hand dyed and batted alpaca fibers my sister had given me over the last two years and was thrilled I would be able to utilize some of it here. This dolls hair was created from a handmade alpaca batt combination of some of my sister's beautiful hand dyed pink alpaca fiber. Her alpaca fiber batt worked beautifully in creating my dolls 8" long braided hair.
If you would like to see more of my sister's alpaca fibers she sells her alpaca fiber products in her Rock Garden Alpaca's Etsy shop here.
I decided to name this art doll "Georgiana" as my instructor, Hally Levesque" thought, "The way you have styled her hair and hat very much reminds me of a lady from the late 1700s - Georgiana Cavendish was the Duchess of Devonshire. She was the fashion icon of her time. Her maiden name was Spencer (she was an ancestor to the late Princess Diana). In the movie "The Duchess" she was portrayed by Keira Knightley. Her name was pronounced "Jorj-ay-na" rather than "Jorj-ee-na"? " So, Georgiana" she became.
My instructor, Hally Levesque, is an amazing art doll artist that I greatly admire. Her Creative Doll Works website is here and her blog is here.