Saturday, 21 June 2014

Moving Day......

The last year has been wonderful for me, I've made tote bags from vintage postcards, plastic pin brooches from old paper dolls, I then turned some of these into greetings cards and Christmas ornaments..
I've made silver  jewellery....and ceramic heads.
I've made jewellery from prints and photographs, I've made digital collage, decoupage and fabric, cushions, soft dolls and teddies.
Attending fairs, running my Etsy shop and my permanent bureau shop at GO4 Market Café has certainly kept life varied, and very, very busy.
It has left very little time for sculpting and doll making though, and to be honest, that has made me a little bit sad. So I've decided to close the bureau shop.
My last day, full time will be next Saturday 28th June.
I'll still be "popping" up at GO4, and at vintage and handmade fairs, so keep an eye out for dates soon..... and I hope that I will be able to update the Etsy shop more regularly, with dolls, jewellery and quirky accessories......
Thanks to everyone who has shopped at my permanent shop, you've made the last year a hell of a lot of fun!

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Throwback Thursday

This one's a work in progress shot, from about 1998. Rebecca was an edition of 10 wax over porcelain dolls, each dressed individually.
Sculpted, painted, and dressed by me. To get the depth and shine in the eyes, they were fired 10-12 times in the kiln. This version has a blonde human hair wig, decorated with paper flowers.
Rebecca - Original Sculpture Michelle Grant

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Blue and Green should never be seen.......

As you can probably see, I don't believe that old saying!!!
I love shades of teal, petrol blue, baby blue and all shades of aqua, and I'm pleased to say, so does Dollie.
It's taken a bit longer than expected, but it's been so much fun, and at last she's finished.
She is my interpretation of a Kestner Googly 111 antique doll, she is not a reproduction as such, but I hope she makes you think of a 1920's child's play thing.
Cast in Li-Qua-Che slip, she has been painted, and antiqued using acrylic paint. Sealed with ceramic sealer, and strung with elastic. She is jointed at the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.
She has a golden blonde mohair bob, vintage buttons and bows head band, all cotton ditsy floral dress, and cotton and lace embroidered undies.
I absolutely love her chubby cheeks, and she has that impish grin that you will see over, and over in my work...... because it just speaks to me, it makes me smile.
Tomorrow it's back to the clay I think.....and I predict that I will be casting another of these dollies really soon too.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Novelty Brooch Friday

It must be no surprise that I LOVE novelty brooches, I'm seldom found with out one in fact.....
Today for Fish on Friday, and Novelty Brooch Friday on  Instagram I thought I would share this cute fellow made in porcelain by Kim-Anh Chiem.
Porcelain Shrimp - Kim-Anh Chiem
Shrimps are probably one of my favourite old time I really wish I had thought of this first!!!