For whatever personal reasons I have certain criteria that the face must meet and so far none of them has quite lived up to my expectations. I want to have a face theme that I can use over and over again. It must be comprised of fabric and stitchery. It must not be too cute, nor too sophisticated, nor too somber. It must be simple in design - humble if you will. It must be somewhat quiet and yet reflect a joy for life. This is what I've been searching for.
With all of this in mind and with all of my past attempts behind me, I recently began again with what I hoped would be the design. And I did it! I accomplished what I was beginning to think wasn't going to be possible. Using overstitching on the base fabric (which has a tinge of color) I was able to give a bit of 'texture' to a simple design. I know that anyone looking at this face would say 'what was all the fuss about' and I really can't begin to tell you. It was sort of like looking for a piece of furniture and saying 'I'll know it when I see it'.
And so I have finally made a fabric face, simple in design, simple in technique and one that will express the spirit and heart of the art dolls that I hope to make this year. Could it be that by shear determination I have finally accomplished my goal?
"It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many million faces, there should be none alike". - Thomas Browne