Friday, December 4, 2015

Wind in My Hare PT 3 Details


It is a natural part of my nature to zero in on the details. In life and in creating one of my pieces...I love all those tiny little things that work together to create a whole...I love discovering the connection from one piece to another.

I believe when creating an original piece the importance of actually being original, from you, being made by you. Which goes to the details and looking at each part of your piece as unique and made by you.

Wind in my Hare in Detail:
Photography: Mark Mortensen

Head:
I sculpted the head from DAS air dry then overlayed it with velvet exposing the eye, nose and mouth area to hand paint.

Below is a very close up of the eye, nose, and mouth painted with several layers of acrylic paint and finished with gloss. Eyebrows are embroidered.
Shadows are created with chalks and liner is done with coal pencil and fine line marker.
 

When sculpting I make small holes for the horsehair whiskers which are added close to completion of the pieces. The whiskers are then steamed into a breezy position.

Movement:
The positioning helps create the movement, then I add the clothing and how it would react in the wind.
Part of creating movement is choice of fabrics, with dupioni silk as a the jacket liner with the ability to hold shape. I pretty much, let the fabric determine where it wants to go. These rolls are held into place with tacking stitches.


The pants are of a soft wool. I wired the hem of the pant legs to hold this look.

Button, button...
Little hand punch leather buttons line up on the jacket.
Note: even the buttons are hand made.

Red leather button with linen pick-stitch for the pants opening.

Boots and Skates
The boots are from leather with linen ties and bottom linen soles. Top-stitching sets the top part of the boot from the toe.

Skate strapping is also top-stitched and a small buckle is added for a secure roll around the block!

The skates themselves, have many components/ details to them...
Below photo of pieces and parts...this is enough for two sets.

The bottom of the skate shows the metal plate with wheels.

All together now..

With these details all together, it create one fine rabbit out for a roll in the sunshine!

WOohooOo...
Look out World here I come!



3 comments:

  1. I realized looking at this doll right now that the position of the hands is such an important detail. The hands are like the one thing resisting the wind and they totally ramp up the "presence" of the doll.

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  2. via email:
    OK, now I know your secret - this rabbit is real!! Or, at least he certainly looks it, and I swear I could look out my window and see him floating past on his little skates!! Unbelievable, and as always, the little details all add up to a spectacular creation. Someone is going to be SO lucky to be the new guardian of this fabulous fellow. I also looked up the Seahorse and the Hare - Wow - those two faces looking at one another - WOW. I am running out of adjectives, my dear, but your babies, and your critters always take my breath away.

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  3. Fabulous. Such craftsmanship. Such life and gesture. I remember the original Wind in My Hair. What - 25 years ago now? You have been bringing such joy to the world a very long time now, my friend. Loving you and Mark like always, neighbors. Miss you!

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