A busy week! / by Jonathan Hayes

Dear Nini Friends,

It’s been another busy week, but I’ve had much of the weekend to myself and time to create Nini. I’ve added various photos of ‘After the Ballet’ Doll I to her gallery page on this website and also on my Nini Doll Facebook and Instagram pages. By simply clicking on the social media symbols at the top right of the web page you can follow my Nini doll-making as it happens.

I can’t wait for my Ballet Girl doll be be complete and side-by-side with her sister in all their finery. I very much had two of my cousins in mind when I drew the girls and my memories of them as children have been very much at the fore as I have ‘brought the sketches to life’. It’s always intriguing to see how a 2 dimensional drawing becomes a 3 dimensional doll. I try to be as faithful as I can within the boundaries of the materials I have.

I hope you enjoy the latest photographs. I have especially enjoyed creating the faux lambswool cape. The lining is a printed silk fabric designed by my hero Oliver Messel. The fabric was originally a scarf sold to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee in 1977. It had some wear and I always had in mind that it would one day be used for a ‘ballet-themed girl’. Messel, a ‘bright young thing’ in the 1920’s and highly skilled artist and designer created costumes and sets for several ballets, particularly for the then ‘Sadlers Wells’ ballet company (now the Royal Ballet). His costumes for the ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ were originally adorned by such greats as Margot Fonteyn and Robert Helpmann.

With best wishes and looking forward to my new girl joining her sister in her debut within the next week or two.

Jonny X

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