Today's member spotlight is Michelle DiPinto of Michelle's Art Dolls (M. A. D.). Michelle lives outside of London, Ontario, Canada. Here's what Michelle told us about her inspiration and work as a doll artist.
Hello all. I create one of a kind art dolls in polymer clay, paperclay, wool and stone clay. My favourite medium at the moment is stone clay. I enjoy the feel of the wet clay and lightness of the dolls when they are finished.
|Simone and her Raven (Polymer Clay)|
|Greta (Stone Clay)|
I have always been 'into art'. As a child I would draw, paint and sew stuffies. I was fortunate to attend a specialized art program in high school. The program allowed me the opportunity to explore several mediums. My Art Doll adventure began 3 years ago. My youngest came home with a school project. Her assignment was to make a toy. As I watched her sculpt the head and body of her doll, I began to sculpt my own. This was the beginning of my new obsession. Art Dolls enable me to combine my love for sculpting, painting and fashion. For the time being it is how I choose to express my creative side.
My first set of polymer dolls were inspired by my 4 children and I tried to capture their unique characters in the dolls. (there is 5 in the pic for balance of the photo, picture below)
I have several favorite dolls. My current favorites are the bird inspired dolls. I am fascinated by birds, the colors, their feet and the textures around their beaks. The dolls below are made from polymer clay. Each feather is individually cut, sculpted and placed on the doll.
|w.i.p Chicken Lady|
Ideally I like my work space to be tidy. I cannot start a new doll when it is not. Everything has its place, labelled of course, and that is where it goes. I assign a bin to each work in progress and they are neatly stacked on a table. Reality, however is a different story, especially when a deadline is quickly approaching. Shame on me but this is the organized chaos (pictured below) during a creative binge.
The advice I would give to a new doll artist would be make what you like and don't over think it. Every doll artist has their own style. Create and experiment. We learn through trial and error and sometimes our 'errors' make the most unusual and exquisite dolls. Sometimes they don't and that is ok. Myself. I have a drawer of partially made dolls that I felt at the time didn't work. I keep them and when I have a few hours I pick one out and finish it. Sometimes fresh eyes and time is all it needs.
You can find my creations at:
www.michelledipinto.com (FB Fan Page) or
Latitude 44 Gallery in Toronto, ON: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Latitude-44-Gallery-Framing-Décor/163233427035025?ref=br_tf
Dollirium Art Doll Emporium, London, ON: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dollirium-Art-Doll-Emporium/156458737748278?ref=br_tf