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Lynne and Michael Roche and Their New Old Dolls

Lynne and Michael Roche and Their New Old Dolls

Lynne and Michael Roche have been making artist dolls for 30 years. They are well known for their porcelain headed dolls with finely carved and articulated lime-wood bodies. They have also made a variety of ranges of different bodies for the dolls over the years, at the moment tiny all bisque jointed dolls compliment their larger wooden and porcelain collection.

“Queen Anne” Style Dolls

“Queen Anne” Style Dolls

A jointed body and carved face decorated with stylized eyebrows and brightly rouged cheeks characterize the “Queen Anne” style dolls. English woodcarvers and craftsmen began making these dolls in the 1600s which continued through the 1840s. Affordable only to affluent families, the vast majority of Queen Anne dolls where owned by women, who dressed them in the fashions of the time.

The History of Wearing Black

The History of Wearing Black

Black is unique amongst colours, as a lack of colour – a symbol of mystery, of mourning and even of death itself. It is clear we must learn from the writings of men such as Beaudelaire and Wilde, who experienced how is to live in an age when one was surrounded by uniform black. The suffocating state of society being in perpetual mourning is something we would all be best to avoid repeating ever again, for once the disease of wearing black like some uniform catches on it tends to spread like the plague.

Vito Selma Paisley Chair

Vito Selma Paisley Chair

There is relax chair designed by Vito Selma, it’s very unique and interesting. The chair called Paisley is designed with various colors are made from high quality materials and made of soft and the foot of a sturdy stainless steel.

Wise Buys Eames Lounge Chair

Wise Buys Eames Lounge Chair

Conceived by Charles and Ray Eames, using the moulded plywood technology they had developed for the US navy and air forces during WWII, the Eames “670” chair was launched on Arlene Francis’s Home show on US television network NBC in 1956.

Forever Young: The Teddy Bear

Forever Young: The Teddy Bear

The history of the teddy bear is a lovely story from President Teddy Roosevelt refusing to shoot a captive bear to Morris Michtom and his wife creating what is now accepted as the first of the modern Teddys’ Bear.

Shakespearean Fashion

Shakespearean Fashion

In theory what one may wear is governed by “Acts of Apparel” , detailed regulations with the force of law. Thus only Knights of the garter and persons of the rank of Earl and above, for example, are supposed to wear cloth of gold or silver or purple silk.

Making a Cloth Doll in 9 Steps

Making a Cloth Doll in 9 Steps

Cloth dolls are often a children’s favorite toy and they are very easy to make from spare pieces of fabric or unwanted older fabric that would otherwise be turned into rags. In putting a cloth doll together, a unique personality forms every single time.

Venetian Carnival: A Place to Go Undercover

Venetian Carnival: A Place to Go Undercover

The word carnival (Italian: carnevale) possibly comes from the Latin carnem levare or carnelevarium, which means to take away or remove meat. A more probable etymology for the word carnevale may be derived from the Latin carne + vale, meaning “farewell to meat”. Developed around the Roman Catholic festival of Lent (Quaresima – derived from the Latin term Quadragesima, or “the forty days”), carnevale was associated with the pre-Lenten festivals practiced on and around Martedí Grasso (Shrove Tuesday) or Mardi Gras (trans. Fat Tuesday).

Corsets and Crinoline: How to be Pretty in Victorian Time

Corsets and Crinoline: How to be Pretty in Victorian Time

Technological change in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century led to new designs in underwear which often made life easier for women–as well as more complicated. At the same time new attitudes towards health and comfort and participation in sporting activities meant that women were actually becoming much more aware of their bodies and the harm that could be done by restrictive underwear.