Monday, 25 March 2013

Mina - A Dracula Inspired Art Doll

Finally I've finished my doll of Mina Murray (later Harker), and now that her stand has arrived she's standing pretty on my table with her dress looking just as I wanted it too :)
The great Vampire Dracula is the best known and loved of all, and I love Bram Stoker’s book has always been a great favourite. And Miss Mina Murray, portrayed by Winona Ryder in the 1992 film alongside Gary Oldman, is a character that always appeals to me. I always think of her in That Red Dress with her hair hanging loose down her back and have made my Mina in my own version of this stunning gown.

Was she hypnotised by the Count to believe herself in love? Or did she truly understand and love him?
It sometimes seems that both are true, and it might seem odd that in the end it’s the blood-thirsty Vampire that you feel sorry for. This tale holds so much and grips our imagination with its deep layers of details and interesting characters.

Mina has pretty pink silk drawers and a soft cream shift under her corset, with one soft cream cotton petticoat trimmed with lace and ribbon, and one of fine ivory silk with a deep flounce around the hem, double at the back, trimmed with lace. She has a stiff bustle made of buckram in place of traditional horse hair to hold her dress in the right shape. Her gown is made from a stunning dark red silk that was gifted to me by my Godmother. It has a tight bodice and fitted sleeves with deep hanging points behind her elbows, trimmed in front to create a bow shape. Her trained skirts have a deep hem of small pleats finished with ribbon, with a gathered and pleated flounces front and highly puffed and ruched back panel that hangs to the hem in a point. Her whole gown is trimmed with rows of tightly gathered frills that wrap around the bodice to finish hanging in rows down the left side of her skirts. Mina also has sterling silver jewelry with a wrapped bracelet and necklace with an aurora borealis glass bead

I also finished up my little peg doll of Ada from The Piano that a very good customer ordered from me. And am just waiting for a little book shaped locket to arrive for her notebook.
She looks so sweet in her huge skirt and black and white bonnet I think she'll have to be added to the list for me to make a bigger version of her sometime.

I have started on the underwear for two new dolls as well - One will be Lizzie Borden, the women accused of murdering her Father and Step-Mother who also inspired the little rhyme Lizzie Borden took and axe, And gave her mother 40 whacks, When she saw what she had done, She gave her Father 41.
The other little doll is a characters that's been stuck in my mind for quite a while. A little girl all sweet and sugary with a doll hanging from one hand held by it's leg and in her other hand hidden behind her back will be the bloody knife she uses to kill her sleeping victims.

I'm almost there with Hubby's birthday gift of a Joker doll and have just to add his jacket coat and hair. I also want to make him something to sit on so am hunting down some vintage joker playing cards to decorate a block with for him. This little guy is one of the only dolls I've made that even creeps me out :S

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