Greetings dear art friends!
I'm excited to introduce you to lovely Florance of Mizzfitzdollz. She is an amazing artist and doll maker and recently teamed up with me to design some cool dolls for ARTchix. Woohoo!
Please introduce yourself:
Hi there! I’m Florance Simpson and I am honoured to be designing and collaborating with Helga for ARTchix Studio.
Where do you live?
I live on the island of MizzFitzDolls but everyone else calls it Vancouver Island…in a little heritage cottage castle that’s been in my husband's family for three generations with my beautiful family close by. And this is my studio.
How long have you been creating dolls and being artsy?
I love dolls…what can I say, I’ve had a love affair with them my entire life. I’ve been drawing dolls and dresses since I was six years old. One day I would graduate with an MFA from the University of Victoria in design for theatre, specifically costume…so I could still draw dolls and dress them. Some people never grow-up completely; thankfully I’m one of them.
Teaching artsy classes is also one of the things I love to do; I’ve taught all age groups from five to seventy-five. I also enjoy creating mixed media paintings when the mood strikes me.
Tell us about your favourite dolls:
Now that these Wood Cut Doll Silhouettes have been designed, they are my favourite, I am so excited to be creating with them. My love of making paper dolls is never going to leave me, that’s a given. I also collect and design clothes for small fashion dolls. It’s safe to say I always have to be creating something unique in doll form.
Tell us about your design process for your new dolls:
My inspiration for creating the Wood Cut Silhouette Dolls came from ARTchix. I initially met with Helga because I wanted a wooden backing for my paper dolls so they would be sturdy and offer more creative options for my designs. Of course, when Helga saw my doll designs, the wheels started spinning and here I am…what’s that saying ‘Great minds think alike’.
Tell us about your design process for your new doll outfits:
I love researching costume history! Imagine making your own Halloween costume out of crepe paper, did you know they actually did this once upon a time? The Halloween fashions I created for the dolls were inspired by a 1920’s booklet called ‘How to make Crepe Paper Costumes’. I’ve always been intrigued by the concept and this was the perfect opportunity.
My designing mind had a fabulous time dreaming up Halloween costumes for the Wood Cut Silhouette Dolls and soon my studio was covered in crepe paper, ribbon and creative chaos. ARTchix fans can use these fun Halloween costumes as a base for adding their own personal touches; words, embellishments, 3-d effects! There are more fashions for the Wood Cut Silhouette Dolls coming in the future that I think will continue to spark your creative spirit.
What are your 3 favourite art supplies when making dolls?
1. I have to say the new Wood Cut Silhouette Dolls are my current favourite supply…I have great plans for those!
2. Paper, paper, paper…did I say paper? I adore ARTchix paper dolls & collage sheets.
3. My trusty go to adhesive: Glossy Accents…seriously, my worst nightmare is that it stops being made.
Anything you’d like to share in closing?
Helga and I have been brainstorming and there will be lots of creative ideas for these versatile dolls so keep an eye on ARTchix Studio for some very cool projects and tips!
Thank you Helga! And thank you to all the fabulously creative ARTchix out there for this opportunity to share with you today.
And a big "thank you" right back at ya, Florance!
See you all next week for more fun and creativity! : )