Monday, March 29, 2010

The First Rainy Elfgirl

Sooah entered the house at Resin Corner in December 2007.  Around the house, this statuesque beauty (standing 24.5 inches in her bare feet, although this fashion plate never goes barefoot) is known familiarly as Solange.  Her creator is a Korean sculptor known to his fans as Rainman. Although few of his dolls represent elves, they are called Elfdolls.

Because of her ample physical endowments (i.e., large bust) Solange can be difficult to dress.  This makes her no less demanding when it comes to wardrobe.  Her dressmaker's first attempt to clothe her--using a magazine pattern designed for a different doll--resulted in a shapeless mess.  Thankfully, no photographs survive to document the fiasco.

Her next garment (not counting the standard issue red bathing suit in which she arrived) met with greater acclaim.  Called "1790," the dress is a period piece from Adams-Harris Pattern Company. The peach-cream-and-raspberry confection fits Solange like a glove (and sounds yummy enough to eat).


The dressmaker turned to Gracefaerie Designs for Solange's next piece.  Titled "Takeshita-dori" after the pedestrian-only street in Tokyo, the dress is one of two Gothic Lolita outfits made from this pattern.  It still mystifies the dressmaker how a Korean doll wearing a Japanese-inspired dress made from a Japanese print fabric can come out looking Irish.  Perhaps it's the red hair?
Takeshita-dori #1        

The dark green jumper and pale green-and-brown floral blouse below are from another Adams-Harris Pattern, this one called "Kiss and Tell."  Frankly, the dressmaker finds the outfit more prim and proper than the name suggests.  It reminds her rather strongly of the uniform she wore for her first eight years of school.  (If she could get up the nerve, she would post the school photo to prove it.)

                                Kiss and Tell

Solange's latest fashion is the second outfit made from the "Takeshita-dori" pattern, a skirt and blouse with waist cincher.  The dressmaker took the liberty of making short sleeves to further differentiate it from the Irish dress.  Once again, Solange demanded a red wig for the photo shoot.  She has other colors, but every time she sees the camera she sees red.  Here is our sultry miss.

Takeshita-dori #2

Sadly, except for stock already on hand, Rainy Elfdolls are no longer available through US distributors.  Rainman now sells exclusively from his own website and potential buyers must become members in order to purchase his dolls.

Stay tuned for the next installment of As the Resin World Turns, when an American BJD comes to stay at Resin Corner.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

And So It Begins...

There weren't always Ball Jointed Dolls at Resin Corner.  There was a time, not so very long ago, when it was not known as Resin Corner at all, because most of its inhabitants were not resin, but vinyl.  The first resin BJD arrived in late 2007, a curiosity at first, so unlike the others.  The fashion dolls stared at her, wondering what to make of her ball joints with the slits in them that showed - gasp! - elastic inside.  What was this doll capable of doing? 

Before long she showed them exactly what she could do.  She could move her body in ways they could only dream of, and stand unaided on her unfashionably (in their opinion) large feet.  They shook their rooted locks in bewilderment as she changed wigs.  While they were blonde, brunette or redhead, she could be all three and more.  Most amazing of all was her ability to change the color of her eyes.  None of them could do that.  Where all of the fashion dolls had painted eyes, the stranger had removable glass eyes.  They were brown one day, blue the next, or green as the mood dictated.  The fashion dolls retreated to their boxes in fear and disquiet.  A new day was dawning, and they sensed they would not be part of it.

This is Piper (or Chantal, depending on which name I can call to mind at the time), the first Asian BJD at Resin Corner.  She is a Soul Kid Linn.  She travelled all the way from her birthplace in Seoul, South Korea to her new home in northern New England.  She stands between 16 and 17 inches tall, a lovely lass with a slim mature body and somewhat large, childish hands and feet, as if her sculptor had caught her in the process of transition between child and young woman. 

She did not look so winsome right out of the box.  BJDs do not always come with wig and eyes, and when they do, the color of both is generally random.  Linn arrived with red-brown eyes and a dull, lank wig that can generously be described as dishwater blonde.  A disappointment, to be sure, especially as she was my first.  I had prepared for her arrival, however, with two changes of wig, and immediately discovered that black was her best color.  We vary it sometimes -- both for fun and to match her outfits -- because if there is one thing that BJDs love, it is changing wigs.  A new wig in a different color and style not only boosts morale but can bring on an entirely new personality. 

Here is a different side of Linn.  Do not adjust the color of your monitor -- that wig is indeed a powdery shade of pink.  She loves how it sets off her Gothic Lolita dress in navy with purple flowers and white lace.  (Pattern by Gracefaerie.)

In my next post I will introduce the second BJD to join the family at Resin Corner, an Elfdoll Sooah.  Until then, duty calls.  Sooah demands a new dress before she will show her face, and I have it cut out but not sewn.  The last dress I crafted for her finished up too small, and we had to pass it on to a smaller sister.  Sooah was not pleased.