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Two Transformations of Kish Dolls in September 2009: Irish Lassies
Each doll wears a custom dress by dress designer Hankie Couture.
I hope you visit Marsha's fun website to see her fabric artistry.
Here is link to Hankie Couture at www.hankiecouture.com
| Molly and Colleen, web page created ~ September 14, 2009
Molly was adopted to Italy on 9/15/09.
Colleen was adopted to Tokyo Japan on 10/6/09.
A Solo Dress for Molly
While painting, I imagined a story as follows, about two cousins, Molly and Colleen. Molly has been studying Irish dance for five years now. It was an easy story-path to imagine, since I have been helping the ballet teacher in our town for five years. I have seen our local girls dream of their first pointe shoes.
Molly has dreamed, too, of a special rite of passage in Irish dances. Her first solo dress! She will be wearing it for a competition and a public performance. The competition is called a Feis (pronounced fesh) or Feile, meaning festival. Schools of Irish dance usually have a uniform design reflecting the traditions of the school. When a dancer becomes "advanced," however, a solo dress is designed for her, a dress that accents her own colors and interests.
Solo dresses can be all colors of the rainbow, though each dress has Celtic symbols on it, often in appliques and embroidery. Celtic designs are based on the Book of Kells. On Molly's dress, the Celtic symbols are cut from new fabric which I ordered from Cleeve Cottage in Somerset England. I sent the fabric to Hankie Couture, so designer Marsha could work her magic with it.
Some fabrics I purchased for my Irish dolls are shown here.
The black fabric is new faux-linen. The bodice has princess seams with gold braid sewn into the seams. The gold trim around the neck has tiny loops and forms a V shape that twins with the V on the skirt. The bodice is embellished with gold squares of textured surface borrowed from an antique pair of earrings. The bodice ends in a pointed V where it is sewn into the skirt.
As you may remember, Irish stepdance became famous after 1994 because of the touring show Riverdance. The solo stepdance usually has straight arms, and quick, precise movements of the feet. Girls dance in hard shoes or in soft shoes, called ghillies (gillies), which resemble black ballet shoes.
| Such a dear lass, Molly
Winter Seasons as "Molly"
eyes blue-green like a mountain lake
Earrings, scattered freckles
Molly has many scattered freckles, while Colleen has only a light brush of freckles across her nose.
Molly wears an "Emma" wig with a soft ivory-silk bow. Colleen wears an "Margaret" wig with two white silk bows. Molly's hair-part will be more on the side when I glue her wig. Both wigs are size 7.75 inches, English Mohair in a hand-dyed color named Pecan Blonde, dark strawberry blonde. Wendy Feidt of Wisconsin created the wigs. Each new wig is hand signed and dated by Wendy. Wendy writes as follows on her website: English mohair is a fine mohair from young angora goats. It remains lovely when it is not overly handled. Wigs have been her full time business since 1977.
You may enjoy visiting Wendy's website to see more of her beautiful wigs and pretty handmade doll accessories.
Here is link to: www.mohairdollwigsbywendyfeidt.com
Going to the Feis to watch Molly perform, Colleen wears a new Irish country dress. I purchased a vintage handkerchief with shamrocks and bows on it, pristine bright colors on white linen (from miladyslinens on eBay). Then off it went to Hankie Couture for more of her magic. Hankie Couture paired my hanky with another vintage one for the bodice and the petticoat to make Colleen's custom dress. The bodice has beautiful cut work, with a green satin ribbon woven into it. There are crochet ruffles on the bodice, too.
Originally a Spring Seasons doll, this bonnie lass wears new Boneka shoes.
Her eyes are the green of an icy brook reflecting the foliage of overhanging branches.
| Front of Dress
| Back of Dress
One more surprise!
Their grandmother has given each cousin a gift, a pair of earrings. To match the green of her dress, Colleen has earrings of vintage glass beads in hues of emerald green and pale-rose lavender. Molly wears earrings of pressed glass in colors that match the Celtic knots on her dress. Earrings of gold wire were created by Barb Smit of All Things Elegant. The two photos below show details of the earrings.
| Molly's earrings
| Colleen's earrings
| The Beginning: Three Lovely Doll Sculpts by Master Artist Helen Kish
| Factory Paint on "Molly"
| Nancy Lee's own wee bit of Irish Paint Magic
My Irish Girls, September 2009
Each doll has brand new undies and ALL her original Kish clothing.
PHOTOS: Nancy Lee took all photos in natural daylight coming in her studio window.
JOINTS: Seasons has five joints in a strung vinyl body.
COLOR & PAINTING: Some computer screens may modify the color of the art. Some may make the image lighter or darker than it is. The doll has finer detail and more subtle coloring than a computer-jpeg-photo can show.
I am using artist-grade alkyd-oil paints (in thin translucent glazes) with the addition of alkyd resin to make the paint surface become as flexible as the doll’s vinyl skin and to make it adhere well. I finely sand (Q-tip and finest pumice) the surface before painting it for better adhesion.
BOX, Certificate, Doll Company:
Each doll has her certificate and box. I hope you won't store your dolls in the original cardboard boxes. Cardboard is an inexpensive paper product that is acidic. If you do store your dolls in original boxes, wrap each doll first in a clean white cotton pillowcase to protect it. Seasons Dolls were designed by Helen Kish and produced by White Balloon International Doll Company of Valencia in Spain. They were distributed in the USA by Paradise Galleries. These Seasons dolls were produced in 2003 (date on certificate) and are RETIRED.
KISH MARKS: There is an impressed mark on the back of her head near the neck: 1997 Kish and Company 97F, which shows when Helen Kish first created the head sculpt. I signed my name there, too.
Resin-oil glow (gloss) on eyes and satin gloss on lips
A thin veil of clear matte (non-shiny) varnish on rest of her face.
These dresses will also fit the following 16” Kish girls:
Amalia & Tia (Ballerinas) Alice (in Wonderland) Daphne Emma Jo Kathy Naomi Rachel Snow White
The four 1996 “Sunday Best” girls: MacKenzie Margot Meredith Molly
Two of the 1997 “Famous Painters” series: Rose Sara
Nancy Lee Moran's POLICY TO SHOW RESPECT for HELEN KISH & other doll creators is as follows:
The dolls I use were factory painted. I would never repaint a doll that the artist (Helen Kish) had painted herself, such as some of those in the Kish Signature Line. I would not paint one in a limited edition of fewer than 300 (preferably 500 or more). I consult the beautiful book I own: Helen Kish: The Artist and Her Dolls by Louise Fecher (hardcover published in 2006). I am NOT affiliated with any doll company, creator or manufacturer.
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