My secret forest is not only inhabited by beautiful mushroom faeries and other dolls, but also by furry friendly little creatures that are always looking for a forever home where they can be loved and hugged and fed yummy things.
And today, I’m very happy to present you a new series of these little furry creatures, ready to be adopted on my online store and gallery, danitaart.com
I love to use it because of it has a rough and textured quality, and I am totally in love with the process of making their faces. Smelling the fresh clay, touching the cool material in my hands and hearing the tools make tiny noises as I mold them makes me very, very happy.
Each face is individually sculpted, painted, glazed and fired by me, and each of them carries a little piece of my soul with them.
Using rust, avocado seeds, eucalyptus leaves, coffee and many other organic pigments, I create one of a kind fabrics that mimic the natural world and make for amazing textures that give each doll a unique personality.
Sometimes I will go as far a creating the fabric if I don’t have it, just like I did with beautiful hedgehog. I did not have a fabric for his quills, so I improvised by fraying some of the fabric from his body until I created the perfect texture.
Assembling is next. I cut the fabric using patterns of my own, giving them a rough, vintage like feel to them. I love to make them look like if they were made a long time ago by a child, or maybe a loving parent who did the best with the materials available for them.
That rough, timeless quality makes them very beautiful in my eyes, I like to play with them as I make them, so I love adding details like posable arms and silky ribbons to embellish them even more.
Once they are assembled, I sew the ceramic face to their heads to complete the beautiful handmade doll, and they are off to their photo session.
Posing and styling them to bring their best features is always a lot of fun. I talk to them, give them directions to stand and look one way or the other as I capture the unique beauty in each of them.
He looks so handsome and adorable! After I finished him, I gave him a big, big hug and sent him on to his furever home. The rest of the family is waiting to meet you at my online shop and gallery, danitaart.com