I took Miss Havisham on her first outing last week;
“You have been sitting around too long in this room” I informed her, “its about time you went out somewhere exciting”
I am sure she was pleased although she didn’t look that happy.
Yes – the West End Centre in Aldershot are holding their annual Open Exhibition from 19th November to the 19th December 2012 and it is open to all artists working in any medium who are allowed to submit up to 2 pieces of work. I am hoping that people will see Miss H and leave comments in the book – it would be useful to get feedback.
Miss Havisham is my prototype – I plan to do more busts early next year but need to improve upon this first attempt. She is constructed from calico – liberally doused in tea – and a mixture of fabrics so old that they didn’t need to be. She is decorated with crocheted flowers on her veil plus cobwebs that I made using dissolving fabric. On the front and sides are panels of illustrations worked in freehand (freestyle) machine embroidery; initially I drew the images freehand with a very thin rotring pen and copied the images onto silk to finish with embroidery. There are close up examples of the embroidered panels on the Mixed-Media and Textiles Page of this blog.
To mould her face I used a flesh coloured stockinette material and used a needle sculpting technique. I decided that I did not want to have a seam going down the middle of her face – as most needle sculptured dolls have – and I battled for a very very long time.
The face needs improvement as it is not as thin as I would have liked – I over-stuffed her head but realised too late and couldn’t go back. I was aiming for a look more like the below:
I can’t believe that Miss Havisham would have been very attractive even when young. To have been pretty as well as rich and still be jilted by her bridegroom smacks of very bad luck.
My Miss Havisham, however, looks rather like my old headmistress – very, very scary.
Here endeth this bloglet.