15 July 2011
To see Cindi Cannon's miniature dolls is to glimpse a world of fantasy and fun; to own one is to grasp a bit of magic that will sparkle in any scene you choose to create. ...
Over the years Cindi has owned a new age shop, an antique shop, restored Native American baskets, designed and made leather waistcoats coverted by American rock banks, and painted fantasy posters used in Hollywood films. With a talent for miniatures, she has also created and sold dolls houses and handmade accessories. This helped her gain a sense for scale when she began sculpting dolls in the 1990's.
"I had been repainting Gene Marshall and Mattel's Barbie fashion dolls for some time, and found that I couldn't resist re-sculpting their faces. Sculpting rather than re-painting was where I wanted to go with my art, and I began creating my own dolls."
Bride of Frankestein Dark Alice
Cat Geisha Gothic Pin Up Girl
Cindi was trained in sculpthing by well-known Tacoma artist Carl Gray, who taught a sculpting programme at a local arts and crafts centre. This included nearly all aspects of sculpting including achieving proper anatomy, casting bronze, mould making and more.
Vlad Three graces
Having worked previously for a major costume company in Seattle, she had a sound background for costuming. "While there I did everything from readying costumes for rental, sewing repairs, creating new costumes and window displays." With costuming and sculpting now in her blood, Cindi put all that training to good use when creating miniature fantasy sculptures in 1/12th scale.
Tea with the Jabberwocky White Wizard
Fairy and Fantasy Dolls
Inspired by the Art Nouveau movement and juxtaposed with fantasy art and haute couture of the 20th century, Cindi's fully sculpted one-off dolls are beautifully detailed and posed to tell a story. With the telephone ringer off and working 7 days a week eight hours a day, Cindi turns out an impressive portfolio of work each year from 1/12th scale up to 1/6th scale. Her dolls are edgy, ethereal, fashionably gothic, and at times quite quirky. Look closely and you will see the influence of Cindi's many inspirations, poems, fairy tales, movies and music.
Geisha in the Garden Water Lily Faery
Designing her own costumes is her favourite part of doll making. She loves fabrics that swirl, float and drape beautifully. With silk, quality rayon, linen and vintage lace, ribbons and trims. She makes all her own jewellery, hats, shoes and accessories.
Mexican Painter Frida Kahlo Cindi Cannon herself
Cindi's work can be sseen on her website at: http://moosie71wa.tripod.com (you will have to copy and paste this web address into your internet browser).
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