I’m very happy to announce that my Strawberry Kokeshi series is up at Shana Logic! These kokeshi were a special request from Shana and I’m so proud of how they turned out. They took a very long time for me to embellish because they are crammed full of love. I wanted each one to be as perfect as possible, but still unique. Their strawberry bows are my favorite detail, and I bought them specifically to make these girls. They also have vintage beads and Swarovski crystal embellishments. I hope you like them! If you adopt one I would love for you to leave a comment and say hi.
I have a new kokeshi doll available today: #71 Purple Geo. I made her a while back, but I didn’t photograph her until just recently. With this kokeshi I wanted to something sharp and clean that looked almost like an abstract geode. Purple is my favorite color and I decided to make her monochromatic because of that. Purple Geo has little eyelashes and purple lipstick for that feminine feel. I tried wearing lipstick that color once and I looked absurd; Geo pulls it off though. She is one of a kind and available for adoption on Etsy.
I tried something a little different with the photos for Geo; since my Mac is dying I’ve been spending less time using it, but it’s where Photoshop lives. For Geo’s photos I took them with my iPhone and adjusted them there, too. I hope they don’t look too bad in quality/color because it really helped me save time. For items that I can make multiple copies of I’m still using my fancy camera, but for one of a kind I’m thinking of using my phone to save time (and the life of my Mac).
Unfortunately the color balance of my Dell is still way off and I don’t have the admin privileges I need to fix it (work computer) so even though this photo looks good on my iPhone is looks blue on my Dell. Why Dell would send out all their Latitude computers with this blue-tastic color profile is beyond me. I also clearly don’t know how to keep my photos the same on every computer (ie: regardless of color profile) and a quick look through Etsy lets me know about half of everyone is in the same boat. I’ve gone through a few tutorials who claim to know how to fix that exact problem and their solutions did not work at all, so if you think you know how to fix is please let me know of leave a link, I would really appreciate it.
Kokeshi #77 Red Queen
Well after a long time in the studio, the Red Queen kokeshi is finally finished! I ended up placing her hair bun a bit askew and embellished her with metal roses in red and greenish-gray, plus faux pearls, and a flower bead. My staples! I’m also enjoying painting lips on the dolls instead of the little crooked smile, so I’ll probably keep doing that more often than not. On the whole I’m really pleased with how she came out, especially after such a long haitus.
Yesterday I finished the ice cream kokeshi so hopefully I’ll get her photographed amidst this week’s continuing packing frenzy. Plus I started a large, Day of the Dead themed kokeshi doll, busy me!
Kokeshi #76 is Genelle, who is inspired by Russian nesting dolls, or matryoshka if you prefer. She is the second nesting doll kokeshi I’ve made, but I ended up keeping the first for myself. Generally I put most of the embellishments on the head of the kokeshi, but for the nesting dolls I really wanted there to be a lot of detail on the body. The glitter teardrop piece is resin that I cast and its been covered with faux pearls and tiny flowers that wrap all the way around. I also painted the hair to look like it was sticking out the sides of the hood, which I think looks cute. If you would like to adopt her she is available on Storenvy where you can see lots more photos.