Ideas for new doll designs come to me in the strangest of ways. The idea for this, my newest design came in the bathtub. I was thinking about how dolls are a purely decorative object and then started to wonder how to make them more than purely decorative. I decided to try mounting a working clock in a doll. But being me I couldn't just bung a clock in a doll and called it done, I had to have a reason to put a clock in a doll. I started to think of quotations relating to time. Then Robert Herrick's poem sprang to mind.
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he's a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he's to setting.
That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.
The poem is called To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time. Although the poem is urging young women to marry before they get too old, I think it still applies nicely to a more modern 'seize the day' kind of sentiment.
I decided to print the poem straight onto some fabric and make an apron with which my little beauty could catch her gathered rosebuds.
Even though the poem was written in the 1600's I dressed my doll in the style of Austen just because I wanted to really. I'm the designer and I can do what I wanna.
I was thinking that if I get enough enough interest in this doll that I'd create a pattern (my very first printed pattern) for her and possibly some kits. Anyone interested in playing?