Friday, 29 April 2016

Hannah Done

    The Hannah doll is now complete. Yeah! To make this doll I used the body pattern from the previous Keira doll pattern, and… I used the leg pattern piece from my mermaid pattern for the limbs of the Hannah doll.

The Hannah Doll

    A new doll is in the works. I name thee… I mean her the Hannah doll. She partly came together last night while watching a Dr Who rerun.
    The Hannah doll is made of broad cloth and stretchy shirt material. I chose materials that can survive rough kids play. Her facial features are painted using Posca pens. Love those pens! Really I do.
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Thursday, 28 April 2016

5 Minutes with Joshua David McKenney

Joshua David McKenney
with Pidgin

    Joshua David McKenney is an inimitable, and celebrated lifestyle and fashion illustrator. Some of his clients include Harper Collins, Penguin Group, Saatchi Group, Scholastic Books, Elle Girl, Seventeen Magazine, Girl’s Life, Innovative Kids, Mattel, MAC cosmetics, and Nylon Magazine
    Beginning in 2009, Joshua's iconic fashion silhouettes took a three dimensional transformation with the creation and development of Pidgin, the fashion doll with a fan art following.
    And now Joshua takes 5 minutes:

Best breakfast ever…
is being spent a little hungover with friends and a bottle of champagne.

5 books I keep close by are...
Miss Piggy’s Guide To Life­ Miss Piggy (as told by Henry Beard) 
The Biba Experience by Alwyn W Turner
Your Beauty Mark​ by Dita Von Teese

Mel Odom ­ First Eyes by Hiroko Tanaka
The Lonely Doll​ by Dare Wright 

Looking out the window I see...
Other windows.
JD McKenney: self portrait

I haven’t done this yet, but I would really like to...
Go to Barcelona and Berlin.

To get the creative juices flowing I usually...
just start working. It takes a bit of time but I find the best way to be creative is to start making things your hands and see what comes out.

My all time favourite Pidgin design is...
usually whichever doll I’m currently working on.

If Pidgin were a song she would be...
Georgy Girl by the Seekers.

Thank you Joshua, for your mentor-like generosity. You are pure awesome sauce.

For more information about Joshua and the elusive Pidgin:

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Thursday, 21 April 2016


Things/objects/items that can bring about a sense of contentment…
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Keira the Cheerleader

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World meet Keira the Cheerleader.

It had been a while since I had made a doll. Yesterday I made this one for my youngest. Made in record time - 4 hours and working from an untested pattern which I made up on the spot. The best part was painting the face using Posca pens. The painted detail give the doll so much more character.

Kid's concept drawing for the doll.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

A Making Week

    Just a quick update, as I am about to go eat dinner [Jamie Oliver stir fry]. This week was something of a maker's week for me. I made a toy miniature pizza. Played play dough with the kids, and made an octopus. At the request of my youngest, I made a cheerleader doll named Keira [made in under 4 hours from completely new doll pattern].

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Hiné Mizushima

    A couple of weekend's ago I took the kids for a train ride into the city. We stopped off a magic shop, Outre Gallery, Macca's run, and finished up with a wander round an exhibition at the City Library.

    The exhibition 'Playful', as curated by Sophia Cai was celebrating National Youth Week, and incorporated the work of many wonderful artists. This included two personal favourites of mine - Evie Barrow and Cat RabbitI also came to fall in love with the art of Hiné Mizushima.

    Hiné made these cute little octopi sitting atop replica pez dispensers. After a little research, I found Hiné's online site and I am in honest raptures over the sweetness and intricate detail of her work. By the look of things she is all kinds of creative.
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