Description: Internationally renowned doll artist Akira Blount shares her unique philosophies, techniques and skills in creating cloth heads and hands for art dolls.
Media Category: Fiber Art
Course Type: Self-directed (refer to the FAQ page for full descriptions of each course type)
Special Category: Legacy Course
Course Format: Demonstration
Course Begins: Ongoing, open to Everyone
Course Duration: 2-hour video
What will Students learn? The focus is on the head and face. She uses a pre-made stuffed, cloth torso to show how to attach the neck, but there are no instructions on how to make one. However, it is not necessary for the class.
Instructor/Students interaction: No Interaction
Skill Level: All levels welcome
Required skill(s): No special skills required.
Supplies and tools: Akira describes each item she uses as she goes, so you could watch the video first and gather supplies afterward. Items she discusses are as follows:
- T-shirt knit, lead pencil
- cardboard (Akira uses cereal boxes)
- sewing machine, scissors, polyfil, needle (she uses a #7 darning needle)
- quilting thread, fabric stiffener (such as Aleene's fabric stiffener and draping liquid)
- Tacky glue (or other fabric glue)
- Drapery gauze, white acrylic paint, small paint brush, colored pencils
- Artists kneaded eraser, Hemostats
Downloads: 1 video
NOTE: Lesson One video is about 2 hours long. It says Lesson One, but there is only one lesson. We aren't sure if there were going to be additional videos made, but this is the only one that she made.
There are 6 chapters in the lesson and are all included in this video.
She has taught at doll clubs and craft schools around the country. Her dolls are in permanent collections around the world including MUSEE des ARTS DECORATIF, Paris, France; CLINTON LIBRARY, Little Rock, AR; ROSALIE WHYEL MUSEUM, Bellevue, WA; MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, Macon, GA; SEKIGUCHI DOLL GARDEN, Izu, Shizuoka Japan; TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM, Nashville, TN; MINT MUSEUM OF FINE ART, Charlotte, NC; SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART, Santa Barbara, CA; THE WHITE HOUSE COLLECTION OF AMERICAN CRAFT, a collection of over 70 pieces of contemporary crafts of which Akira is the only doll artist. Akira has also received recognition of more than 20 awards at juried shows over the years. Akira became a NIADA artist member in 1988 and served as President from 1997-2001.