Thursday, April 24, 2014

Secret Society Sale: RESCHEDULED



Hey everybody. I am VERY sorry and extremely disappointed to do this to you, but I am going to have to postpone the Secret Society Sale for a week, due to a medical emergency. Someone very close to me has been in and out of the ER/hospital for the past 5 days, and I am helping him, and acting as a caregiver. There is a surgical procedure scheduled tomorrow during the sale time, and with all of this going on, I was not able to get the photos I needed to provide all of you with a preview, let alone be able to get my shop ready in time for a sale tomorrow.

I know this is disappointing news - it was my last resort option, and I really tried to keep it all on schedule. You have my sincere apologies that I wasn't able to.

The good news is that the sale is only going to be postponed for one week - and it will be happening next Friday, May 2nd (my birthday!). I will be releasing previews, information, and more, throughout the week.

Again, I'm so sorry. Go hug somebody you care about - life can throw you for a loop at any moment...the good times we all have are something to be thankful for!!

--Amanda

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Travel Time


This week won't have a Week In Photos post, because I have been rushing around like crazy to finish projects in time to actually take some time off - in fact, I'm composing this post at an altitude of 31,000 ft. on a plane destined for Los Angeles! 

I'll be posting some updates during my travels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. More next week!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Week in Photos: March 16, 2014

Apologies for the lack of blog updates this week...I've been rushing around doing a bunch of domestic life things that have little to do with art, so my updating has been a little thin. There will be more soon :)

Sat and assembled a bunch of Dumblebee charms, that will be
available in my shop soon.

Speaking of shop, I revamped the online store! It's all spruced up
and ready for sales...there's nothing in it yet, but if you'd like to look around,
you can find it HERE.

Got to play with ALL the glitter colors!
These are going in resin Pipsqueaks...

Sculpted and primed a handful of faces...

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Week in Photos: March 9, 2014

This week, things got serious. Took on a couple new projects (I'll "make time", right?!) and, after seeing just how long my to-do list is, got busy working to clear it. September may seem far away now, but I know how these things go, and need to make sure I clear the decks as soon as I can, so I can focus on the big show coming up.

This week's sketching is yielding some great new characters!
Made some "mysterious dice" as props for the upcoming
Secret Society Sale.
Though this looks like a snowy field, it's actually a frozen Lake Erie.

The tiniest pancake (before I snarfed it down), even has
a cute little heart on it!
Attended a bridal shower and became the hesitant guardian
of an orchid. Hope I can keep you alive, buddy.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Show Color Palette: Forgotten Finery



Back in the spring of 2012, I had my first-ever solo exhibition (sold out!), called "Forgotten Finery" at Rivet gallery in Columbus, Ohio. This show marked the first time I took a decidedly "lighter" approach to a body of work, as many of my previous shows had featured darker colors, a more "decay" oriented aesthetic, and a slightly more sinister feel. I wanted to explore my work as a form of decoration, and approach this particular group of dolls from a brighter and warmer perspective.

The main source of inspiration for this show was Rococo art and fashion (I even made a nearly 3-foot tall bunny in a layered Rococo-style gown). It exemplifies this sort of "opulence of privilege" that exists purely as a fantasy for most people, attainable for very few.

Some inspirations included:

• the incredible fashion (for both men and women of the high classes) of the late 18th century, with hand-tatted lace, shimmering silks, matte velvets, and hand-embroidery.

• the soft, buttermint colors of tea roses and peonies

• exquisite (and often inedible-looking) wedding cakes, French pastries, and confections

• The lore and speculation surrounding the life of Marie Antoinette. I read a couple of biographies about her during my time working on the project. I also watched Sofia Coppola's film "Marie Antoinette" numerous times as well - while not a historically accurate depiction, the art direction and costuming are endlessly inspiring to me, still. Every frame, it seems, contains at least one very good artistic decision.

• the stiff and lovely costume of classical ballet

• block-printed wallpaper, from the 18th century


My "Duchesse" for the show - freestanding at 30" tall!

I even ensured that the refreshments at the opening fit the color scheme!