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Cloth Doll Archive Doll Pattern Adaptation #7 Day of the Dead Fairy

This Day of Dead fairy doll is probably the most original doll I have created to date and she was made for my friend and illustrator Natasha Durley.  This doll is definitely getting closer to the style of doll I would like to make in the future.

Day of the Dead Fairy Cloth Doll

Like my Zombie Poi Spinner doll, this cloth doll was also inspired by an original sketch. The red, black and white has been heavily inspired by circus stripes.

Sketchbook Drawing

Initially I created the drawing above.  Secondly, my boyfriend Steve adapted it using his illustration skills to complete the figure as a whole and to develop this into an image for screen printing.

Day of the Dead Fairy Illustration

This mysterious fairy doll has been positioned as close to the original drawing as possible.  Most notably, even down to the fingers lace behind her back.  I really enjoyed bringing this drawing to life and to see a three-dimensional version evolve using the doll making skills I have gained since starting in the new year.

Doll Hair

Once again, I used cut strips of old T-shirt material as discovered in my Machi doll and was really pleased that I was able to recreate her two tone red and black hair.

Sugar Skull Patterns

Pigment pens by Pilot were used to hand draw the sugar skull pattern details on her face and wings.

Pleated Skirt

Above all, I was particularly pleased with the outcome of her fishnet tights.  These were re-created by doubling up the base fabric for her legs with a layer of black netting.

Día de Muertos

Finally, I love how this doll looks deep in thought .  She appears to have a day dream like expression.  

Eventually, I am hoping to create more Day of the Dead fairies.   and explore other colour schemes.

This post was originally published 21st July 2015. 

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