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Friday, 23 September 2016

The Clueless Collection

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    Inspired by the film Clueless, the Clueless doll collection has landed. 

The film Clueless
This scene was the inspiration for my dolls.

    These art dolls stand 42CM tall [head to foot], and have armature [bend arms and legs]. The dolls have been made from felt, cloth and include hand painted facial details.

    Contact me via my About page if you wish to buy one or both of these dolls.

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© Melissa Gaggiano

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Miss Dionne

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    Miss Dionne from the Clueless doll collection is now complete. She is has a hand painted face, is made from plain weave cloth, felt and has internal armature for movability of limbs.

    If you are interested in buying this collector piece simply send me a message via my About page.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Slow Progress is a Beautiful Thing

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    I have been working on these two Clueless cloth art dolls for a couple of months now. Three winter viruses slowed my progress right down. And now I'm almost there. The only thing left for Cher and Miss Dionne is to trim their hair and make accessories – one bag and one hat.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

A Hawk, Pony and a Clueless Girl

    A Hawk, Pony and a Clueless Girl… sounds like the title for an obscure book or movie.

    This week I surprised myself by the amount of crafting I wound up doing. In addition to working on the Clueless doll project, two other craft projects spontaneously dropped into my lap.

    Today it is 'footy colours' day at my eldest's school. She wanted to wear a Hawthorn uniform, but… have you seen the price of those shirts?! Oh my! So instead I made her a Hawthorn Hawks badge, which she is now wearing with pride. I made this badge with my new needle felting tools.

Needle felted Hawthorn Hawks badge
made by Melissa Gaggiano
    My youngest liked the Hawthorn badge and asked me to make her a badge. Since she has yet to declare her loyalties to any team [though she is beginning to show an interest for soccer], I decided to make something cute for her. I needle felted a My Little Pony image onto one of her shirts. I have just finished this little project, and now my eyes are tired and I have one sore, speared finger.
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© Melissa Gaggiano
     Earlier this week I finished designing and sewing the jacket onto Cher, the Clueless doll. Now that I know the jacket pattern works I will duplicate it for Miss Dionne, the other Clueless doll. After that the only thing left is to make accessories for these dolls.
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Saturday, 10 September 2016

I Do It For Me

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    I am proud to announce a new digital art collection - I Do It For Me. Check it out here, and interpret as you will.

    At the time of drafting these images I was thinking of the strong female characters from some Tarantino and Rodriguez films. Aesthetically sexy, their movement, clothes and hair attract the male eye, but surprise, surprise these women have an inner core strength. The way they dress, talk and behave, they do it for themselves, and not for the pleasure of external parties.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Skirts for Cher & Miss Dionne


    The past few weeks have been an off period for me. Three head colds in a row! Not fun, at all. So now I look forward to spring, the mild warm air and gentle cool breezes it provides.

    Yesterday I threw myself back into the Clueless doll making, and produced two skirts for Cher and Miss Dionne.

    I get excited at every step of this doll making process. When I come up with a doll making project I am incredibly enthusiastic. Then, when I get started there is a flicker of doubt how it's going to turn out. The potential for a scrap- doodle disaster of epic sewing proportions is always there when I am constantly evolving my design and sewing techniques. Thankfully though I have learnt to let it go when a pattern piece doesn't work out - toss it, have a sandwich, return and design a new pattern piece. Bit by bit as a piece is added to the doll I see her coming to life.

    Keep on at it!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Finally a Needle Felter

My new needle felting tools
Clover pen style tool & mat
Arbee wool

    This week I finally, finally picked up a needle felting tool kit. After admiring the work of fellow doll makers who have been combining needle felting with their sewing, the time was right and I acquired the tools.

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Needle felting test run
    One of the likeable aspects of the pen style tool is that it comes with three needles, which are removable. Depending on the type of needle felting you can use just one, two or three.

    I can hardly wait to try this on my next felt doll. Exciting stuff!

Friday, 19 August 2016

Turtle Time

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    High five! I just finished making another custom order Turbo Turtle. He's stitched, stuffed, boxed and ready to go to a new home. Hooray for turtle!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Watching Pidgin

    I am a huge fan of both the art doll, Pidgin, and her creator Joshua McKenney. And I am not the only admirer. On Instagram alone Pidgin currently has over 49 thousand followers. Not bad for a doll that has only been around a couple of generations [in doll years].

    Kate Emerson and Derek Amengual have produced a short film that focuses on the fan following that has evolved as a response to Pidgin. What I especially love about this film is the behind the scenes exposure to Joshua's doll making process.

    Without further ado, check it out!


PIDGIN from Kate Emerson on Vimeo.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Cherry Blossom World

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    You just know that spring is not far off when these flowers come into bloom.

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