I’m always a bit wary of making a character doll, people always have a preconceived idea on how that character should look like as a doll, and can be disapointed at your vision.
Also they can come out a little twee at times and I do try and stay away from twee 😉
The other danger with character dolls is getting the costume right, what suits a full grown woman on screen may not look quite as fabulous on a pint sized dolly!
I studied costume for a time in America and grew up on a heathy diet of bbc costume drama ( a habit which has followed me into adulthood, I thank my mother ) I’ve always adored the quality of these dramas, and Envy the many fabulous artists that brought these costumes to life.
Anyhow like many, I watched, and was glued to outlander ,the amazing scenery, to die for costumes and of course the heart fluttering romance.
I just knew I needed to make a doll related to the series.
I decided to take, inspiration from Claire rather than try and replicate her. I focused on the fabric choices, making sure the textures and colours really evoked her essence, so lots of wool, linen and knits. Claire wears some beautiful pieces thought the series.
I did try and inject a little authenticity with Solace’s under skirts and padded bustle. Claire would have course worn full corsets, this is something I have made in the past ( not for dollies) but I didn’t want Solace to lose her playfulness, and become too serious…if that makes sense.
Claire is also quite pale, Solace is not. I think here I just wanted to accentuate the fact she was different ….I understand claire was portrayed as very pale as to highlight her refined breeding (one won’t get a tan as one does not work the land) ….but again I wasn’t making Claire…I was making a homage to the series really.
And of course you would have noticed I haven’t Called her Claire 🙂 ….well I’m going to sound a little nutty right now I know so bear with me ok?
I was walking out of the studio one evening having been with her all day, I was still struggling with the name claire as it really just wasn’t feeling right, I turned to give her a little look before I left her for the night….and a little voice in my head said “solace” oh I thought, ok, that’s your name is it? Like she had spoken it out loud herself
Too much time playing with dolls??? 😉 but I think it perfect for her, although I myself have been referring to her as Sol.
Solace is 20″ tall
She has a lightly sculpted face, ears and a wee belly button.
I used cotton tricot and she is stuffed with wonderful New Zealand wool, her features are embroidered with cotton and her blush is achieved with pigmented wax.
Her hair is 100% mohair weft, crocheted into a mohair cap and securely stitched .
Her underclothes are made from tea dyed cotton, wool and linen. Her over dress is 100% boiled wool lined with cotton.
All knits are alpaca .
Her little boots are made from 100% wool felt and leather.
Solace will be available via Auction on 22.2.2015 starting at 6pm est and running for three hours.
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And if you have not watched Outlander I STRONGLY suggest you do. Tonight. Like maybe even right now 😀