Sunday, November 8, 2009

Jolly Traditional Santa

The time of the year to think about Santa Claus! I love Christmas, so I do enjoy making a few Santas every year. This one has paper clay head and blue glass eyes. He looks very happy and I like that. His suit is soft blizzard fleece, trimmed with faux fur. He's about 25" sittimg down in a child's chair.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Japanese Santa

I just finished a Japanese Santa. It was a challenge to stretch the ordinary limits and do something different. I'd like to make around the world Santas! He has paper clay head and hands with cloth body. Glass brown eyes, which I think bring his face to life. He has a armature that allows him to carry the weight of a garland I made of felt, crammed with Japanese toys. He's on a wood painted and glossed base. He is about 27" high. My client sent me wonderful Japanese fabrics and toys.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Roberta in Orange

This is my Roberta, in her orange party dress. Her head is paper clay with glass eyes and sculpty teeth. Her dress is vintage recycled silk, and silk scarves for added prettiness.\ She was included in a Treasury on Etsy recently. I am glad she's getting attention. She's always very happy and fun to look at. Now I am working on more paper clay figures, pretty much letting them be who ever they want.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Missing my Art

Last week an old friend from high school came to stay with me for a whole week. It took my 2 weeks to get ready for her, to clean and decluter the guest room/ "storage" room. I stashed my art projects away, in closets, etc. Nothing left around my sitting area to work on at night. Instead on sewing or working in clay, we talked and watched movies. Otherwise we were gone alot traveling. I saw places in Oregon that I have not visited yet, so it was fun and interesting. My daughter joined us a few times. Now, she is gone but my brother and wife are coming for the weekend. So I will keep the house tidy til they are gone. But some is creeping out now. And I'm glad it is. I have to be doing something with my hands if I am sitting. I love to have some form of art on my plate for the day!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Cats and Birds

Lately I have been sidetracked from my usual work. I have been making cats and birds from recycled knitted wool, that I felt. Its wonderful stuff, there is so much you can do with it! I have made bracelets, using my button collection too. But the cats are selling at Latimers in Tillamook so I am making them mostly now, while the season is in. I am also interested in making clothing with it. Altered couture.

But soon, I will be getting back to my Japanese Santa, giving him layers of silk clothing.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Latimer in Tillamook

I live in Hillsboro, 60 miles from the beautiful Oregon coast. I display some of my work at Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, which has a gallery of artists' work. If you have heard of Tillamook Cheese, that factory is a few blocks from Latamer. I drove there yesterday to deliver some recent work, some felted wool fat cats and wood and wool Santas, and a wool bird. I love it there, the place is a converted old school house, and has wonderful handmade items there. Always beautiful quilts too, new and old, which are amazing. Their "season" is on the verge of starting, as they get alot of traffic there in Summer. I love the drive to it also, passing through a forest and then seeing the green valley dotted with contented cows. I think I will make several more trips there this suummer.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A New Group

Now I joined an online group called
Looks like it will be good. There is alot of nice work there, you can find me under Lynne R. Yale there under members. I am adding pictures, and looking around, it is a fun way to network!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Going Home

Tomorrow I am going to San Diego for a visit, and all my family is there, except for my daughters. It's been 5 years since I moved to Oregon, so it will be nice to see everyone again.
We will all visit at Easter Sunday at my brother's home. I am excited! But I will take a head to work when we are sitting around at night. My nylon sculpted heads take alot of hours to complete, and all I need is a nylon stuffed ball of fiberfill and needle and thread, and eyes. I can't not do something with my hands if I am idle.....
I find that I come back refreshed and more ideas come to my head when I take breaks like this.
Just keep paper and pencil ready to jot down the ideas.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Right Look

I am still strugling with getting the right look with my work. It seems that a figure is done, until I take a look at it later and notice that something is off. How is it that I can look at a head and it seems good, then upside down or in a picture it is off? My process is to finish, set it in the living room to view it, then put it away for awhile and later bring it out and try to see it in a new light. Pictures really help too. It is frustrating though. But if a figure takes a good picture in any light or background, I know it's good and finished. Right now I am redoing Obama's nose for the 3rd time, and his color is alittle too dark. he has new glass eyes though, and a good body, so eventually he will be done! It is a good thing that I work on a few things at the same time, so I have time for a review of each.

Monday, March 30, 2009

More Bob Dylan, and Creole Santas

Bob was NOT finished...he needed more work and I will post new pictures when he's done.

I sent off my two Creole Santas today, to a client in California.

They are nylon sculpture and cloth and recyled felted wool, so they are soft!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cloth doll artistry group

Today was fun to see that I had comments on my work at the
which I just joined...I do think I am going to like it.
Also I am excited about getting the glass eyes in the mail today, which I need to complete my Obama figure in paper clay that I am working on. I had finished him, but used plastic brown eyes, and he needed the extra sparkle and realism that glass eyes give.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Bob Dylan Figure completed

Bob Dylan's figure is complete, except for minor details...guess I could go on and on with him, but sometimes that actually makes problems. So more pictures and different ways of looking at him to see if any adhustments need to be made. He is big, 39", made of paper clay and cloth, with inner armature. I made his guitar and harmonica, and harmanica was a fun project. He was a commission made late last year.