Sunday, February 21, 2010

More Versailles Finery: 18th century wigs by Kathleen Marie

Dear Friends,

I have 2 more wigs to share this evening...! ( Maybe I should change my name to Leonard?
Was that not the name of Marie Antoinette's wig-maker and hair-styliste?)

The first Blonde Confection is another House of Bourbon style. She is going to Denmark and will be featured with this lovely Polonaise dress By Bjarne Drews.

Polonaise Gown Image courtesy of Mr. Drews.
What a gorgeous combination! I am so excited to be a part of such a beautiful orchestration! Thank you Mr. Drews!

The second Violet Confection is a new style... La Falonne, the exquisiteness of Versailles Courtier Style! My newest Rococo Dandy inspired wig, and my absolute favourite!
I think it would be a good androgenyous style also,
George Sand anyone?
This style comes in all colours, but I chose a lovely pale violet with white powder.
This wig is now available in my etsy store.

Much more work to do, ( including the Wonderland dolls, and more wig orders..)
Off to drink some tea...


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Inspiration of the Week

Dear Friends,

I am a bit late on my Sunday evening post..( alas, it is now Tuesday!)
I wanted to share a bit about a book I just bought, and find exceedingly amazing!

It is By artist James Gurney and it is called
"Imaginative Realism; How to Paint What Doesn't Exist."
I am very much inspired by his commitment and dedication
to his subject matter. It is such a breath of fresh air!

He is not only a master painter, but an excellent draughtsman, sculptor, etc.
He is truly a living Master and I highly recommend his book.

I have been doing research on the classical drawing ateliers here in NYC,
and also painting classes at the Art Students League, because I feel there is
more I need to express visually, and photography itself is not
the correct medium.
I need something with a history and weight and substance to it.

I am doing better at piecing together my personal artist plan, and if you are struggling
to find your correct medium and voice, perhaps this book will help you also.

Link to Mr. Gurney's book HERE.

Inspiration of the day..( One of my all time favourite artists!)
Above Very Top:
The Captive by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
( She is holding a little butterfly!)
To the Left:
Elegy by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Introducing the Queen of Hearts! Pictures in progress!

Dear Friends,

These are the pictures of my Queen of Hearts doll.. Inspired by the forthcoming Tim Burton recreation of Alice in Wonderland.. I decided to do my own rendition of the lovely tale.

The first doll for pre-sale is the Queen of Hearts.

I will soon list her for pre-sale on etsy. I will have a new store there for dolls and
darker themed artwork called HerDarkHeart. This also goes along with the website of the same

I should have an introduction page up for soon.

Queen of Hearts Description:

She is 18” tall, and made with vintage porcelain doll parts that have been totally renovated!
All porcelain parts have been airbrushed and sealed with varnish.
All facial features are hand painted, shaded and sealed with varnish.
I use only the highest artist quality paints and mediums in the process.

She has applied real hair eyelashes, and handmade black mohair 18th century style

I am currently working on her 18th century corset.. ( The pink one she has on is
from another doll, she is just trying it on for size!)
Here is her corset in the works, it is so CUTE in miniature!

Her body is made of natural cotton muslin with a higher thread count.
She has several layers of polyester polyfil, cotton batting and silk tape, covering a plastic armature that makes her
both flexible and poseable. ( and able to stay posed).

Her outfit will consist of red/ black striped bloomers, red 18th century corset,
Black striped stockings, custom made 18th century style court shoes from Atelier GiGi., Red taffeta panniers, and Grande Croquet Gala Gown.
She comes complete with her custom jeweled throne., and heart staff ,
and miniature crown.

Price approximate: $2,000.00- 2,500.00

Please note, each doll is in process of being made. THESE ARE ONE OF A KIND PIECES, and cannot be duplicated.
If you pre-order a doll, expect 8-10 weeks for delivery.

( Depending on my production schedule, which reads like this)

February- Queen of Hearts ( with jeweled velvet throne)
March-Alice 1 ( drink me with ornate bottle )
April-Mad Hattress ( with tea set)
May-Alice 2 (with ornate Victorian Chair)

Please contact me to order. I require a %50 deposit for holding and %50 upon completion to ship. International buyers welcome.

Looking forward to seeing this project complete! It will be beautiful!

Viva La Reine!