July update

Hello, gentle readers. Hope everyone is keeping healthy, happy and sane during these strange times. As always, I’ve been busy puttering about in my home studio, making stuff. Recently, I purchased one of those fancy cutting machines, which opens up a whole new realm of creative possibilities. After several days of struggle with both the printer and the cutting machine — because nothing is ever as simple as the manufacturer suggests it will be, ever — I present one of the projects I finally managed to make: a magnetic paper doll.

This is Maude, a Victorian-era spiritualist medium. She uses the gift of her mystic Third Eye to gaze upon the spirit realm to communicate with dearly departed souls. Occasionally during a séance, the contacted spirits will manifest physically in the form of ectoplasm, a whitish, gooey substance.

Maude comes dressed in her Victorian-era undergarments including corset, chemise and bloomers. She has a lovely day dress which she wears during her séances (the white ectoplasm contrasts perfectly against the two-tone green material), an outfit of full Victorian mourning attire, and a hooded blue High Priestess robe to wear during moonlit magick rituals in sacred forest groves.

This magnetic paper doll will adhere readily to your fridge, dishwasher, or any metallic surface suitable for magnets. Magnets have a good, strong hold.

Size of magnetic doll= 7.875″ H x 4.5″ W

Nifty. This magnetic doll was printed on glossy magnetic paper with my inkjet printer, and then cut out with the Silhouette Cameo 4. You can find Maude in my Etsy shop Papercut Puppets.

The universe has sent us to our rooms.

[NOTE: I began crafting this little post on April 1st, but didn’t post it till the 10th].

What fresh Hell is this, gentle readers? As I sit and compose this post it’s April 1st, ordinarily a day of tricks and general tomfoolery. The universe, however, pulled the biggest prank on us humans ever and forced us all into seclusion, lest we contract the COVID-19 virus and overburden our healthcare systems (or worse). Not funny, Universe.

When not scrambling to place curriculum online so that the Winter term can finish, this art professor busies herself with drawing strange little paper puppets. Frivolous, you say? Perhaps. And yet, we all have our coping strategies for stress, and mine has always been drawing and various other creative pursuits. This creativity of mine won’t find a cure for the current pandemic, but it’s a tiny corner of control I can wield in an otherwise rudderless situation. Below are some recent creations, with a focus on the approach of Spring.

“Maude the Victorian Spiritualist Medium” paper doll

This is Maude, a Victorian era spiritualist medium. She uses the gift of her mystic Third Eye to gaze upon the spirit realm to communicate with dearly departed souls. Occasionally during a séance, the contacted spirits will manifest physically in the form of ectoplasm, a whitish, gooey substance.
 
Size of doll: 7 3/4″ high x 4.5″ wide (at base).