No more echoing halls
Almost from the very beginning of the life of the model I’ve from time to time assembled and dressed figures and quickly disassembled them, disliking all. I wanted to stick to the original decision and inhabit the place, but the time had come to stop thinking of them as annoying 1/12th scale dolls (sorry, never was a doll girl) and see them as small hard and soft mixed media sculptures. So the last day and a half have been it.
Taking the plunge – again
There’s one particular figure that I’ve maimed more than once, and this is the one I picked on again. He’s a slightly oldish faced standard figure – or was. He’s still oldish but I’ve ripped open his little cloth body and padded and patched, stuffed and stitched to make him a little less standard and a little more ‘natural’, giving him a bit of a full and folded posture. He still requires something to be done to those horrid hands and a definite beard and generally hairiness trim should be administered forthwith.
Every picture tells a story
The leather jerkin/doublet is cut from the back of a ladies dress glove. (I do find odd ones are very useful as fine leather, further softened by use, are often trimmed and decorated too.) I’ve whipped a piece of ‘eyelash’/picot braid in as near a standing position down the centre to indicate fastening/points or whatever you care to imagine. It’s only a dicky front with no back or extra non-showing bits. Trying to keep down the bulk of unneeded fabrics. Similarly, as the figure had shiny, black painted and moulded boots, I’ve stuck bits of the same glove in twists and folds up to about knee height with a bulky cuff at the top to form the boots and join to the raw edge of the bottom of the pants. The torso and balloon pants are stuffed and the semi clerical cum mayoral overgrown is from a wool scarf I ruined many years ago. All have limited sewn seams, again to reduce bulk, and are otherwise stuck and stitched directly in place to make folds and increase the softer look to the figure’s positioning wherever possible.
The hat is three felt circles, two with cut out centres, a small felt strip undercap and a hint of a linen cap in white below that showing out of the back and all glued. The neck, under-cap and cuffs are all cut from the selvage seam of an old, no longer quite white, pillowcase. Oh, I also altered the face with colour and, dya know the bits of glue you have, from time to time, to clean off the end of the tube of fabric glue? Well, I cut off a bit and made two eyelids to give a less blue-eyed stare and more of a hooded look. Face is still pretty characterless but that was why I wanted to do this one first to see if I could squeeze a little ‘life’ from a less expressive figure before starting to ruin one of the good ones.
Overall it’s better than the last time I had a run at it. Now where did I put the fine hair scissors – barbering next I feel.