I don't know how I came to do Faerie Folk. I think they came to me. I believe my personality reflects some whimsy and humour and I try to infuse that into my work.
Although all of my dolls are generally fantasy figures, such as faeries, elves and brownies etc., I want you to believe they could really exist. If I can bring out a giggle or grin or even just a hint of a smile then I know a piece has been successful. I am unsure as to whether this work is a calling or a way of life; however upon reflection I realize that everything else I have done has brought me to this profession/ lifestyle/ creative expression/ compulsion/ obsession.
I am always searching for ways to express the whimsical nature of my imagination. I may be inspired by a classic faerie tale or by a colorful piece of fabric. Even after beginning a piece, although I may have an idea of what I want to create, sometimes the piece has a mind of its own. That in itself is very exciting. Leslie Bailey
Faerie and other folk of cloth and clay
See Leslie’s fabulous work at http://www.creativeconceptsbyleslie.com/
All skill levels welcome, no experience required!
Day One: Learn to sculpt a character head from polymer clay. Foolproof techniques will be taught to place features while keeping head to scale. Adding character, and adding expression will be covered. Head will be cured, and we will cover painting and hair application.
Day Two: Learn to sculpt hands and feet and make a wire armature, cover it with batting and doll skin. Assembly will also be taught. We will also briefly cover painting/colouring the face and hands. Students will finish with a complete doll ready to be dressed.
$40.00 kit fee includes fabric, batting, wire, clay, glass eyes, sculpting tools, foil(Quoted price is based on 8 students. More students will result in class fee reduction.)