Applicant 2021_003

ARTIST MEMBER APPLICATION ~ Initial Image Review :: Images submitted by applicant for evaluation by the Standards Committee.

“The Egg”
Real ostrich egg, Activa La Doll Premier air dry clay, papier-mâché, mixed media/ 12,2” (31cm)/ 2021
Description
The doll stands by itself. The ostrich egg is heavy so I added steel pellets inside the doll’s head and chest to obtain proper center of mass. The head was sculpted in air dry clay La Doll Premier by Activa but I enforced all the surfaces with layers of paper using papier-mâché technique. The doll has a wire armature and basic layers in aluminum foil, then I used papier-mâché technique by glueing lots of layers of paper, I used cloth as well in this technique. Hands are made of papier-mâché on a wire armature. I decorated the costume with pieces of lace and cotton cords. I used acrylic paints.

“The Dandy”
Activa La Doll Premier air dry clay, papier-mâché, mixed media, copper precious metal clay/ 12,5” (32cm)/ 2021
Description
The head was sculpted in air dry clay and and most of the surface was enforced with layers of paper. All the rest is made of paper in papier-mâché technique, I used some cloth as well in this technique. Hands are made of papier-mâché on a wire armature. The doll’s boots and a walking sick are polished with bees wax. The doll’s glasses pince-nez is sculpted by me in copper precious metal clay. The walking stick is wooden with papier-mâché handle.

“Uncle Drosselmeyer”
Activa La Doll Premier air dry clay, papier-mâché, mixed media, copper precious metal clay/ 9,1” (23cm)/ 2021
Description
The head was sculpted in air dry clay La Doll Premier by Activa, most of its surfaces (like nose and cheeks) were enforced with layers of paper. All the rest is made of paper using papier-mâché technique. I used some cloth and lace as well. Hands are made of papier-mâché on a wire armature. I decorated the costume with lace and cords. The wig was made of cotton threads. The magnifying glass was sculpted by me using copper precious metal clay, the magnifying glass handle is wooden. Because this is Uncle Drosselmeyer from the Nutcracker he was designed to sit on the top of tall grandfather’s clock.

“Noble Brownie”
Activa La Doll Premier air dry clay, papier-mâché, mixed media, real spoon and a pitcher/ 16,3” (41,5cm)/ 2020
Description
The head was made of air dry clay La Doll Premier by Activa. I enforced head surfaces by layers of paper especially ears and nose. All the costume including the collar, sleeves, sleeve cuffs, buckle and beads are made of paper. I used some trim and cotton cords for decoration. Hands are made of papier-mâché on a wire armature. I love to use findings from thrift stores and give them second life. So, here I used a real spoon and a pewter pitcher from a thrift store. This is a Noble Brownie. He is noble because he has a fancy dress but still he sneaks around your house and borrows things (the spoon and the pitcher).

Detail view Image
Detail view of “The Dandy”

Application Standards

Excellence of Artistry
  • Every applicant should hold the highest personal standards for his or her work.
  • The work must be well-designed, made, and finished.
  • The work must show excellent control of the medium.
  • Sculpting should be flawless, with accurate proportions or, if exaggerated, should harmoniously fit the concept of the piece.
  • Hair should be of a material appropriate to the piece and flawlessly applied.
  • Costuming should be created out of a good idea or concept and be expertly made, using materials appropriate to the figure’s scale or its intended effect.
Identity of Design
  • Every applicant should have a style of working that is unique, consistent, and recognizable. Having a true signature style is an essential element of NIADA’s standards.
  • NIADA looks for engaging, captivating work that inspires a meaningful response.

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