Research, maquettes, trials and errors but fun !
You have to suffer to be beautiful !!
Experimenting with faces .
The finished doll and clothes !! such fun, took ages and ages and had to force myself to stop otherwise I would be writing her books !
She looks as sereine as I would like to feel ! Notice her leather purse, it is lined in print and even has a coin inside for luck !
She is after all a designer!! the sketchbook is full of collage and designs.
The contents of her basket which is made from an antique glass holder. Notice the ladurée box, it even has some crumbs left inside.......
I couldn't have her without underwear! needs some lace but couldn't find some the right scale. Yet !
And here is the 'piece de resistance' the cashmere cardie ! made from a wash accident and edged in a crochet trim using embroidery thread to get the scale right. Even has a MiniMurray label inside just like a grown up one. Notice the two pockets and even the hand embroidered monogrammed hankie !! in case.
After much drawing and tests and research I finally made a doll. In the beginning I thought 'easy as pie' but proportions, materials, stuffings then the face ! yikes some were creepy ! I finally got the proportions right but then again the nicest dolls I've seen are not anatomically correct, go figure. What I really wanted to do of course was to make the clothes ! My first finished doll as you can see here ended up in 'toile de Jouy' turning it almost into a sculpture then came the good part for me. The clothes took ages ! The dress is made from an antique child's bedcover and it is lined in simple coton to give it a nice finish inside, maniac me ! I then decided that she needed a bra and panties and I found some fine floral print for that so they can even be taken off as can all the other clothes. I myself only wear cashmeres so I made the doll one out of a wash accident ! The cashmere is gorgeous and a nice grey so I cut it down and then hand crocheted the edging giving it a little pink frill to tie in with the dress print and even added two pockets. As I always have a hankie in my pockets I then made a miniature one and even went as far as to hand embroider the initial S in the corner ! I think that I could make grown up clothes quicker! Also as I always have a tote I decided to make one and ended up transforming a vintage glass cover ( from an antique market in Brazil ) in coton crochet which had been hand painted some 60 years ago I reckon. I gave it a beige leather handle and inside put a sketch book, a purse in beige leather lined in coton print ( with a coin inside for luck ), a miniature box of Ladurée cakes ( no cakes inside, all eaten! ) a bunch of red roses and a key ring with the key to her house ! I added a coton print scarf and a MiniMurray pendant to the basket to tie it in with the label and the buckle on the dress belt which I made from a MiniMurray button. Then I stopped as I had already spent a week on it ! As I mean to sell her I can't reasonably ask the person to pay too much ! I have called her French Bobo Chic to give her a name and each doll will be called differently of course reflecting her style and appearance. I have already begun the next doll which will be totally different , Urban Retro next stop !
UPCYCLING VINTAGE FRENCH FABRICS INTO TODAY'S DESIRED NICETIES AND NECESSITIES.
After years of reading other people's great blogs here I am making my own. My name is Stephanie Murray and I am highland Scottish. Although my roots are very important to me in everything I do in daily life I have chosen to live in France since leaving St. Martin's school of art in London some hundred years ago ! After more than thirty years of working in Haute Couture in Paris France, after moving to Brazil and creating my own label, after moving once more to China and after deciding to come 'home' to France I finally set up home in the south in sunny Nimes. In Paris I met up with Britt, a photographer from Minnesota with whom I shared the love of Jack Russells and France and vintage stuff and markets and anything transformable from oldly loved to possibly newly loveable. We ended up both in Nimes and began to collect French fabrics and tapestries and anything we could make into something. I found a great old apartment with huge rooms and high ceilings in the historic center and set up my workroom once more accompanied by my two Jack Russells Alias and Dora. Finally after years of dressing all the world famous models for dozens of fashion shows for designers such as Chloé, Inès de la Fressange, Karl Lagerfeld and Antonio Marras I decided to give up fashion as regards frocks and settle into deco-design and am working through a range of products made from upcycled, almost throw away materials. Here are a few of the pillows and bags and things made from our vintage finds which I sell on Etsy.com under our common store 'Metroart' a fabulous idea for a website presenting a window into people's craftwork from all over the world.