Okay, so it is a pretty niche sounding title, but can we judge this book by its colourful ethereal cover? Lets take a look…
Who is it aimed at?
Culea covers the basics and provides information and guidance on using a variety of techniques and lesser known materials. Professional tips and ideas are also explored, so whether you are used to making dolls or if its just a first glance of interest, there will be something here for you.
About the artist
Culea has written a number of doll related books, each covering a different aspect. These include:
Creative Cloth Doll Making, Creative Cloth Doll Faces, Creative Cloth Doll Couture, and Creative Cloth Beaded Dolls.
This book does build on the previous four, but also stands on its own as a great source of inspiration.
This artist couldn’t help being creative, her uncle was one of the original animators for Walt Disney! (We would certainly boast about that fact if we were her!)
The author focuses on certain main projects, which we are encouraged to make our own version of:
Some materials she uses may be lesser known to us, so the artist illustrates them, so we can visualise their use and recognise them:
What makes it special?
The content is rather magical and allows us to dip into a fantasy world, where age is not a barrier. The beauty and unique element of this book, is its beautiful fairy imagery, depicting a number of samples:
Notice the amount of faces which appear in the book as a whole. Culea began her artistic education studying Art as a subject at University. This led her to specialise in Portrait Painting. Thus her keen interest in facial features flourishes here, just in a new way than she expected as a student! This works in our favour as readers, as she can really teach how to create a character…her experience shows.
We also loved how this book covered both 3D dolls and flat pieces, such as book covers for our treasures…
All of the above are possible to do ourselves in our own way, with Culea as our guide.
Each piece has been illustrated beautifully, the ideas are exceptional and very individual.
What is wrong with the book?
It is very fairylike in theme. So if you are more dark side than Peter Pan, this will go over your head as a bit too sparkly. However if you enjoy having fun and exploring another artists version of how to be creative with cloth, then give this a go!
Creative Cloth Explorations: Adventures in Fairy-Inspired Fiber Art is available to purchase through our link!
As a freelance artist, designer, lecturer and tutor (how do I narrow down that description?!) I have been contracted by numerous arts organizations to provide Talks, Workshops’ and Masterclasses’ in Textiles, Print Making and Fine Art subjects. These include branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild, Textile Study Groups and The Women’s Institute. Every year I teach at The Knitting and Stitching shows and exhibit with the Artist in Action stand. Currently I am building up to my exhibition at The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, London this spring; having also written articles or had work illustrated in Stitch, Inspired, Embroidery, Selvedge, Daphne’s Diary, Prima (online), Cloth Paper Scissors and the Batsford book ‘Be Creative with Textile Art.'