Happy new year to all you lovers and purveyors of Dark Art. During the holidays I visited my family out East, and spent some serious crafting time with my little sister, Lucy. She’s only nine, and of course I’m incredibly biased, but according to me she’s a genius. She already has a professional rock tumbler and drill press, and makes jewelry out of sea-glass and old scraps from my stained-glass class. Anyway, I was able to finish up some dolls that I’d been neglecting for ages. (Unfinished doll parts – always a little creepy.) These recent ones, which I have in my Etsy shop, are all quite small – between 4 – 6 inches, and are made from polymer clay (which is then baked), hand-painted and clothed with hand-sewn dresses made from bits of fabric and lace. Some stand, some are ornaments that can hang from a wall. Their hair is lovely soft mohair. There is a ghosty-type shrouded lady, a wild girl with a ragged hem that my husband says looks like sparrow, and two rather cute little gothic Lolita girls. I try to give each doll her own personality; my work has been influenced primarily by Dame Darcy, who I adore. Right now I’m working on a commission for an old friend, the very talented painter David Stoupakis, who is featured in this month’s Juxtapoz magazine. From now on, I hope to concentrate on larger, more sophisticated dolls made from Paperclay (an air-drying clay) as that is the kind of doll-making I enjoy most. You can see more of my work at blackeyedsuzie.etsy.com
p.s. Anybody know how to get rid of fruit-flies? My husband started a worm compost, which I fully support in theory, but the resulting fruit-flies disgust me, and if I find one more in my wine, I might need a divorce lawyer….
hum.. "Right now I’m working on a commission for an old friend, the very talented painter David Stoupakis"
---hope I don't sound like an ass and make a fool of myself here.. but, who are you?? I really hope that doesn't sound rude.. I'm just courious cause I found your blog here saying your an old friend and that you're doing a commission for David when I was searching another blog... and I can't quite place who you are...
Hi Aprella -
Well I hope I didn't ruin a surprise. I'm doing a doll for David that Anne asked me to do, and was trying to publicize him a bit(not that he needs it these days - he doing so amazingly.) Anyway, I know David from Cape Breton. I met you out there years ago. My name is Sarah - I haven't seen David in years, but see his name a lot out in web world. Anyway, I'm part of a group of sellers called Etsy Dark Artists, and the woman who runs it asked us to write about our work in the group blog (what we do, what we're working on at the moment.) I hope it wasn't out of line to mention David's name - I just figured publicity is always good -I don't really know much about blogging, livejournal, etc.. I post on a doll site occasionally, but that's about it.
So, I hope this clears things up. Please give my best to David, and if you haven't already, don't mention the doll. I don't know if Anne wanted it to be a surprise, but if she did I guess I fucked it up...oops.
I love your site, by the way.
got and replied to yer message on my LJ but just wanted to say something here in order to not leave it blank.. hehe
Thanks again.. OF COURSE it wasn't outta line.. I was (as I said in the e-mail I sent ya off my LJ) just puzzled by it.. thanks for clearing it up and again we so look forward to the Dolly!!!!
David says "HI" : )