Creating Beauty

As a child, I was frightened by a humongous Kissy doll. At 3, it was as big as I was and when you pulled it's hands together it made a smacking or a supposed kissing sound. I was sure it would get up and get me......making smacking sounds as it neared my bed.

Now I make dolls.....some are supposed to be scary, but most just reflect how I look at beauty. To me we have a very narrow view of what beauty is and is not. I have cerebral palsy and don't think I'm whining about it I'm not. I'm lucky my case is very mild compared to some people's. But you can pick me out as different, I walk awkwardly, but my arm and leg work correctly.....for someone with a partially paralyzed arm and leg.

I look like someone with CP is supposed to and in my way I'm attractive. I try to reflect alternative beauty in the dolls I create and so in some ways I'm still dealing with fear, but now it's not my own.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Last 2 Days of My End of Season Sale

Just a little reminder.... Today and tomorrow are the last 2 days of my Etsy shop End of Season Coupon Sale. Halloween is coming and I have some lovely ghost dolls and even a Feline Familiar just right for that discerning Halloween Witch.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Halloween is coming

Halloween has always been our favorite holiday and to celebrate the  season we're offering a special on custom art cards. My husband MJ is the illustrator at Le Chat Noir. If you're interested in a card depicting a cartoon of your favorite monster or a pin-up version, visit our etsy shop and place your order.. During this offer from October first to the fifteenth the price of the cards will be 10.00 + shipping. After the fifteenth, they will go back to their original price.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Shantak - lovecraftian parrot

Shantak - lovecraftian parrot by chatnoirstudios

So much for waiting, here's SHANTAK  from the Pet Shop of the Old Ones series. I wanted to do something different than an octopus creature based on the Cthulhu Mythos. I'm thinking of trying the blind albino penguins from the Mountains of Madness.

In fact... after I finish my Sumerian snake priestess. I'm starting the giant penguins piece. Think German expressionism i.e. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Dolly of Doom

image by chatnoirstudios

I thought you might be wondering why receiving my Kissy doll was such a life altering experience for me. and I happened to find this photo on Flickr.  Bet there's a knife in that hidden hand.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Once upon a time...

Once upon a time I had a blog called Twisted Beauty, but for some reason I can no longer access it. Yeah, I know I probably could figure out how to get it back, but I was thinking....... I survived a serious illness a year ago and feel like such a different person..... So, I've decided to start over with a new blog to launch my new dolls and ideas.

No pictures yet, but new dolls are coming...