Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Chicago and a new path.

Well I got there and back!!! Just!!! Had a horrible time travelling. My back was still not brill when I left, but funnily enough think the upright seat on the plane maybe helped a bit. The flight there was awful, Julie and I both struggled with it. Think it is the claustrophobic thing!!! The Marriott hotel wasn't much better with no opening windows!!!!
The Bishop fair was an experience. So many fabulous artisans showing there. People who I have only ever seen in print and will probably never see again. The quality of the work at the show was exceptional!! As Julies table (booth) was in the doll room I had plenty of oppurtunity to oggle the workmanship there. Artisans I have admired for years all together in one place, just wonderful!!
I noticed that the dolls I was drawn to were the fixed posed figures, they had so much life and realism in them. I want to do figures like them, that look as if they will just start moving/talking at any time. I have been toying with the idea of doing fixed posed figures for a while now. Dolls I make to stand ,do not look good seated and vice versa. I want them to continue to look good in their new homes.
My intention is to start making my figures with full sculpt legs in either sitting or standing position. For most I will continue to do semi posable arms, some will have full sculpt arms if they need to be on show. I hope people will still be happy with the dolls in this style. I think, in the main, people move figures around and maybe change the chair they sit on, so for that extra realism, the fixed pose style will be spot on.

Julie and I only had 2 days left after the show to explore downtown Chicago. Our hotel was fabulous and all the people we met there were so friendly ,open and helpful, just lovely people. The food was fabulous too. We were very tired by this stage but managed to see some of the city. My favourite part was our visit to The Art institute with the fabulous Miniature Thorne Rooms and to see some of urban areas, the true Chicago!! We had the most fantastic gormet pizza in a tiny back street cafe, Yum!!!! The centre part of Chicago was crammed full of the highest skyscrapers, made you dizzy to look up. All a bit much for a country girl like me. Need fresh air and green stuff!!!LOL All in all it was an experience I will never forget and I'm so glad I did it, but for me it will take a very,very good reason for me to get on a plane again for such a long flight.

Here is a photo of Cici, she is the first of my new style figures. She was inspired by the film Burlesque, I watched on the plane, although not sure Christina Agrilara would be very flattered!!!!!!! Jain xx

Monday, 4 April 2011

Chicago and Kensington

Well it's just a few days now until we leave for Chicago. Julie (Bellabelle dolls) has a table there and I am accompanying her and helping out. Unfortunately I did something to my back last week and have spent the last week in a lot of pain and worrying about actually getting on the plane. I have now seen a physio who has given me some exercises and although the pain is there it is less and hopefully with strong painkillers I will make it.
This little blip has set me back somewhat with my preparations for my trip and with my stock for Kensington. Just will have to work extra hard when I get back from Chicago.
I thought I would just show a picture of some characters who will be coming to Kensington.
Speak soon Jain xx