In the second installment of our interview with Linda Macario, an Italian BJD artist from Florence, Linda talks about her sculpting technique, the art of wigging and clothing dolls, and her plans for the future.
BJDmagazine: Your OOAK dolls are wax over air-drying clay painted with acrylics. Can you tell us more about the process?
Linda: I use a coating of wax to protect the doll’s surface.
BJDmagazine: Why do you chose to use acrylics rather than oils?
Linda: I use acrylic paints because they dry faster than oil paints.
BJDmagazine: Your OOAK dolls have beautiful dresses. Do you sew the clothes?
Linda: I really like sewing clothes for my dolls. When I start thinking about a new girl, I already have a clear picture of what she will be, including her dress. I also like to do extensive research on the internet to find beautiful models of vintage clothes that I can adapt to fit my creations.
BJDmagazine: All your dolls have German glass eyes. Can you tell us more about these eyes, and why you prefer them to others?
Linda: German glass eyes look real. They have splendid shades of color and give the doll a beautiful expression. They are very expensive but worth the money. A good doll can become beautiful with the right eyes .
BJDmagazine: You chose to sculpt children. Why are they your favorite subjects?
Linda: Ball-jointed dolls are a recent discovery for me. Before creating BJDs, I had only sculpted with polymer clays, and mainly baby dolls. My past creations gave me great satisfaction, but this has been a creative step on the path to maturity. Perhaps a move toward a more personal style. In fact, my ball jointed dolls still retain the spirit and tenderness of my infant baby dolls.
BJDmagazine: What inspires you to create a sculpt? Does Italy influence you?
Linda: Italy definitely influences my creations. I’m lucky to live in Florence, a city full of art, museums and churches, where I can admire the works of great artists. I like to sculpt the faces of pouting girls. Photos inspire me. The precise expression and the look of my creations is mainly the result of an idea. Sometimes the inspiration comes from a film that I particularly enjoyed (I love the Japanese animations of the master director Miyazaki) or maybe a story or a novel, but I still try to maintain my freedom of interpretation.
BJDmagazine: Your website mentions limited edition dolls. Are these new? Are they going to be resin BJDs?
Linda: I’m working on a project for limited edition BJDs. I will make the reproductions using doll composition slip, (a porcelain like material that does not require firing) and molds that faithfully reproduce the finest details. These dolls will be produced in a maximum of 10 units available for collectors around the world. I’ve been working on this project for almost a year. These dolls will be truly unique and innovative.
BJDmagazine: Some of your dolls have mohair wigs, and some have human hair wigs? What is the difference in terms of appearance, styling, and care?
Linda: My dolls are characterized by a romantic and slightly vintage look. Mohair fully captures this spirit. Even human hair is a good choice. I favor natural fibers for creating unique hairstyles. I never use synthetic wigs on my dolls because they do not fit my style.
BJDmagazine: Your dolls have wonderful expressive faces. How do you create such vibrant expressions?
Linda: I have years of practice scultping baby dolls. My sculpture is greatly influenced by the deep expressions of children. Both of my children are a source of great inspiration.
BJDmagazine: What is your secret to creating faces that look great both in front view and in profile?
Linda: There is no secret to sculpting a head. It is important to not lose sight of the proportions, and to not focus only on the frontal view. When sculpting, it is important to consider the piece from all angles, without fear of making changes, adding and removing clay to obtain the desired shape.
BJDmagazine: You design dolls in the 40 to 65 cm range. Are you going to design tinies, and maybe very large dolls?
Linda: All roads are open, who knows …
BJDmagazine: Do you have any plans to design older dolls?
Linda: Probably yes, but not for the moment
BJDmagazine: Is there anything else you would like us to ask?
Linda: I’d like to say that I love drawing, sculpting, painting, sewing, decorating. There is nothing better than doll-making to combine all these arts. That’s why I’ll never stop creating my little clay girls.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in my creations. Knowing that my dolls are appreciated by so many fans makes me immensely happy.
Join us Saturday at 9 a.m. (Boston time) for a wonderful face-sculpting tutorial created by Linda Macario!
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Her Website: http://www.lindamacariodolls.com/
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