Sorry for the late update! As an apology here's a teaser of today's outfit in color! I'm still fiddling with technique and fumbling with color coordination. I'm having a ton of fun playing with skin tones though! In addition to color I have another exciting project I'm working on--- and that's all I'm going to say. Hopefully in a couple of weeks the surprise will be ready to share!
Today's outfit is from the country of Ladroni, I'd love to tell you more about the land but it's still a little bit hazy in my mind. It is a coastal, temperate climate so the outfits tend to be of lighter materials and fewer layers. Women often work outside the home and trousers or leggings are worn with a tunic.
We've been teased with an early spring here: the snow is mostly melted, the temperature is resting in the forties during the day, when the sun shows up it actually feels warm (especially compared to the below freezing weather we usually expect at this time!). And so my thoughts turn to warmer weather, and how nice it would be to leave the house without a jacket (or a scarf, gloves and hat...). So here is Base A modelling a summer pastime that I was introduced to a couple years ago (and being landlocked, I don't get to do it often).
Snorkeling! It's so amazing to explore the world under the water. Everything is new and different. I'm not confident about it, I'm always worried I'm going to suck water into my snorkel, or that the waves will push me into a rock or a poisonous fish, or that I will get lost... dramatic imagination considering I was always very close to shore, and surrounded by plenty of other people! This is my idea of an attractive warm water wetsuit with protective boots, a fancy belt with storage compartments and a little knife strapped to her arm (because knives always make an outfit cooler).
What summer activity are you dreaming of?
I’ve always loved stories. My earliest memories are of my mom reading aloud to my siblings and I. We started with the Bible and followed with historical stories and fictional stories. I can still remember imagining characters as my mom’s voice shared the story.
As I grew older, books remained a constant presence. Calico Captive, Caddie Woodlawn, The Ordinary Princess, The Horse and His Boy, The Hardy Boys, the list could go on and on. Soon I began making my own stories. I imagined a land, diverse peoples, characters with dramatic plots. Coming from a nine year old’s imagination you can imagine the crazy sort of storylines (complete with flying horses) that I came up with. The world slowly evolved, I created a language with an alphabet (that may have started once I read Lord of the Rings), specific cultural fashions, a whole historical context. Countless stories sprouted in my mind and came out in paper dolls.
Currently there are 18 countries in my imagined world, along with a several territories and unexplored regions. I’m still working on developing cultural traditions and fashions for each one, but it’s so much fun to stretch my mind in this way. Most of the stories are just ideas in my head--- a few of them I’ve actually put to paper (see The Dragon Blunder with Coridel). Someday I hope to have the time and creativity to write several more stories, if only for my own enjoyment.
About the Artist
I'm a full time veterinary technician who enjoys winding down by creating beautiful costumes and recreating historical outfits on paper.
Base A Dolls & Outfits
Base B Dolls & Outfits
Base C Dolls & Outfits
Base D Dolls & Outfits
Base E Dolls & Outfits
Base F Dolls & Outfits
Base G Dolls & Outfits
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