Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Needlefeet and the Land of Doo

http://missella.bigcartel.com/product/needlefeet-and-the-land-of-do
(on sale here)

I have finally finished this twisted little fairytale that had been in my head and scrawled over sketchbooks for a long time. The first incarnation of Needlefeet was a few years ago when I was sitting outside my son's school in my beetle drawing as I waited for him to come out. A sad but idealistic girl stuck in a bubble, possibly somewhat autobiographical in that respect and perhaps Linton Scraps (the recycled boy) bares resemblance to my son at the time in many ways. Although his hair isn't white blonde anymore and mine never was blue. (apart from that time I painted it with emulsion as a teenage goth but that's another story!)

The story continues an obsession with the moon and her magic. With missions to populate her on the horizon I guess it's my way of to asking the world to leave her alone! The Land of Doo is a land of doing and making. The land of Torkbowdit is inspired by the constant chit chat instead of action, online scrolling traps, sitting around talking about what 'we' should do to save the world and then going back to self-indulgent worries in the blink of an eye. It's about lots of things in between, a romp through the fabrics of everyday life quite literally with a cotton reel cat, a cantilever castle and spiky scissor soldiers, oh and some essential heart shaped birds spreading a sprinkling of love and silliness.

A book pulled from my father's bookshelf at his home in Italy one summer led to the discovery of Kafka's Odradeks who play a part in this tale. Star shaped creatures with lungless laughs and no particular purpose. So I gave them a little push and a purpose in this tale as their lives made me so sad. It's funny how little chunks appeared from all over the place for this story and I guess that's why some things that look so simple take so long to come to fruition. Anyway, here is the background to the Odradek.

The book has now been printed on a small run. It's also stocked in GOSH Comics, Abstract Sprocket and The Book Hive and you can buy it in my online shop here

http://missella.bigcartel.com/product/needlefeet-and-the-land-of-do






It's A5 and with a lush matt heavyweight cover and square back binding. Thank you to Ripe Digital for doing such a grand job of the amazing quality printing!


Below is the first sketch of Needlefeet drawn on the steering wheel of Toots, my first old green beetle, whilst waiting for my son to come out of school in the days when he used to come out running into me for big hugs and smooches. This happens less now he is a teenager but I guess that's probably normal :)



Monday, 30 January 2017

Miniature Dolls House Sewing Room - The Cat Lady - Castle Museum - Small Stories Exhibition

 I have finished my sewing room for the exhibition at The Castle Museum in Norwich - full details of the show can be found here.

This has been such fun, I shall miss coming downstairs every day to be greeted by this little scene! Now I have the last and worst bit, I have to glue every last item down so it doesn't move since once the perpex is screwed down that's it. Eeeeek!

The show starts in March, do come along if you can, it's going to be a miniature feast for the eyes!


 







Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Miniature Sewing Machine and Cat Doll Seamstress

I am working on my room for a wonderful exhibition at The Castle Museum in Norwich called Small Stories which will be a dream for all those as obsessed as I with Dolls Houses! Initially at the V&A's Museum of Childhood - http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Visit_Us/Norwich_Castle/Whats_on/Exhibitions/Small_Stories/index.htm

I am thrilled to be making one of 22 rooms which will make an eclectic wall of rooms within the show.

So here is a little work in progress. I am making a sewing room... a cats sewing room... no surprise there then!


As you can see whittling wood soon equals hands covered in plasters for a klutz like me! The machine is from Balsa wood chopped up with a scalpel. I'd not done this before so it really was a case of making it up as I went along having tried out clay without good results!

 

The legs and table are all balsa wood too and the wheel is stolen from my sons lego box. The tin is from a model shop but in hindsight I could have used a coke can.








And here she is the lady herself  being introduced to her machine for the first time, I think she approves :)






I changed her head so she is far more delicate now! (sorry old head!)




More to come soon.....

Doll Parts Collection - DIY sewing doll kits, cats, sloths, moon girl and the sun!


Doll Parts Collection!

At the end of last year I added the first three dolls to my doll parts collection. These are available as DIY kits or fully made up in the shop here.

Introducting Sun Girl and Suki the Sloth. Destined to be friends for their cheery outlook on life and taking it easy these two met at Sunshine Salsa classes where the sun taught the sloth how to dance and the sloth taught the sun how to relax :)

(available here)





Moon Girl and Ruby the Rabbit. In between making soup for her moon rabbit and sewing up clothes made of stars Moon Girl lights up the sky and fills it with dreams!

Available here.

 


 

Courtney the Cat and her pet pink kitten and wheelie cute pet french bulldog!

Courtney is a bit of a tearaway with tattooed thighs and pink frilly knickers but her pet frenchie Serge and her Pink Kitten called Percy keep her feet on the ground!

Available here



New doll kits are in the pipeline, watch this space!