Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dolls are Works of Art

Why do we love our dolls?
Why have as much as we can stuff our rooms with?
Why collect these beautiful dolls?

Lola, version 2.0
This thought had been plaguing me for days now.
I have always been a doll lover but never had I questioned myself in such a fashion.
My dolls had been my source of inspiration.
They have always made me creative, imaginative, free.
And all that was enough to explain why I don't stop buying dolls, until recently.
So I tried to examine my thoughts.
Could there be more reason out there?


Shefali

What draws me to a doll?
Her face, primarily, I guess?

Bree Version 1.0, now living THE life in Spain

Indeed it's the face, almost all the time.
Her bright eyes stare at me, as if she was saying something.
And even when she doesn't look at me, she gives me this feeling that we have a connection;
a feeling that we must not be apart from now on.
She had to be with me, for as long she can.

Luna

And why do I feel like I have some kind of responsibility to take care of her?
Why do I feel like she needs my care?
Why do I feel like she needs me, and only me?
Why does it feel like she's my long lost child?


Tamica V1.0, now residing at Debbie's wonderful house

And so we give in to all that feeling.
We go home together.

Ella

Then at home, we gaze into each other intently once more.
Not because we question the mutual agreement earlier;
but most probably to find out the other wonderful things about each other.

Aki

We explore together.
It's a lot of fun, indeed, to be together!
We play like we've never done before.
We only stop when it's time for something rather life-threatening;
like skipping meals, or not having enough rest.

Lola V1.0, now erased...

I'm not ashamed to say that I fall in love with my dolls.
I look at their faces lovingly the way I look at my human loved ones, or my furry loved ones.
But why?
They're just plastics molded and painted to look like tiny humans?

Tamica V2.0

Do they look like people we love? For some, yes.
Mostly however, they are unique combinations of features that read something,
that meant something.

Bree 2.0

I think those lovely faces remind me of the nicer things in my life.

The sincerity of their eyes reminds of my childhood, being cared for by the kindest people I grew up with.

The gentleness in their smile retells of the brief encounters I had with people I didn't even know.

The childish gesture is reminiscent of the exciting experiences with my playmates.
So pure, so true.

Their good looks tell me to always take care of my body. My body is the reason why I experience all this. It has to be healthy for as long as I can take care of it.

Their sometimes mischievous attitude reminds me to have fun, be free, be honest.
They bring me back to those days when I can afford to be the most creative.
Their attitude was once my attitude towards life.


Tamica V3.0

There probably are other things that my little ladies remind me about myself, about my life, about my existence. And this is because, despite them being made of plastic and paint,
they are works of art.
They were designed to evoke emotion.
And emotion is what makes us human.


Have a lovely weekend, dear dollies!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

On finding your strength and truest passions

Hi guys!

As an artist, you don't really realize your style until you finally created a substantial body of work, then reflect on it. Most of the time, you just do what feels right, and try to finish what you have started. In the end, if you continue to be truthful with your instincts and emotions, your body of work is so strong, honest, and feels so rewarding.


Tamica 3.0 in my latest creation

Lately, I realized that my strengths are in designing what is best for a certain fabric.
I also realized that I am not really as much a doll collector as I am a FABRIC collector.
Funny, right? Revelations!

I have more fabric than dolls.
When I go out and pass by shops, I cannot resist to drop by the fabric store.
I enjoy looking at fabrics. There is not a time when I pass by a fabric store and not touch them, smell them, BUY them when they speak to me.


This crop top + high-waist shorts ensemble is perfect for you it-doll!

Most of the time, when I first saw a fabric, I would just fall in love.
Then I think of things to make out of it.
Most designs are a hit, but some are a miss,
commercially I mean, when they have become doll garments.
Designs that aren't very popular are those that I feel I have forced myself into.
Maybe it was a trend.



A much sexier back balances the simple front design

And I realized that I can't really follow trends.
And what feels right is what works.
I have to be always honest with my designs,
but I also need to remind myself to push myself a bit more.
In a way that I don't follow trends.

Ella's take on this new outfit

Because I have always been the happiest when a design was my own combination of all the inspiration I picked from everywhere.
This feeling is just so nice,
and I cannot be in this bliss without your support, friends.

Thank you so much.

Love this fabric to bits!

This Crop Top and High-waist Shorts Set in Keone print for 12in Fashion Dolls
is now available at my Etsy shop ;)

xoxo,
shasha

Saturday, April 8, 2017

An outfit to cool down the summer heat...

April is here! And in my country, it's the hottest month of the year. My work area is melting especially in the afternoon at 33°C or about 92°F. The only natural light source of a window faces the western sun and I rely on my dark chocolate curtain for protection. But all is well, and I'm not complaining ;) Instead, I'll make comfy outfits for our dolls, in colors that are cooling to the eye and invigorating too!

I'm talking about this ensemble I came up with a week or so ago. Had my newest gal Tamica (version 3.0) model it because I think she equals the fresh feeling this outfit combo brings.

Without further ado, here are some photos of Tamica V3.0 in the Hannari flowy top and white fringe shorts. Enjoy, you guys!

So happy to have thought of making top versions of the Hannari maxi ;)

Styling with just simple white sneakers and sunnies, as well as canvas tote ;)

Lovin' Tamica V3.0's repaint

I'm seeing improvements in my repaint ventures, yay!

These shorts are an old favorite and bestseller, so it's just fitting that they be restocked ;)

My favorite overhead angle ;)

How I wish I could sport such a refreshing outfit haha!

I hope you liked the photos, guys!
Some parts of the world may still be cold this time, so I apologize for sort of whining about the heat, while probably some of you guys would trade a day for such.
I hope these photos will inspire you for your upcoming warm weather.

Til next post, my lovely dollies!

xoxo,
shasha