Last month I took a soft sculpture workshop with renowned artist Lisa Lichtenfels.
I have wanted to take a class from her for about twenty years. I had been bugging her over several years and one day, I am going through my emails and a new one popped up saying Lisa Lichtenfels Soft Sculpture Class. I just about fell off my chair. I immediately clicked on the email and read how she had revamped her technique to make it easier to teach. I responded right away and became one of five students. I didn't know how I was going to get there but I knew I had to go. And I'm glad I did.
I begged, borrowed, and pleaded with friends and relatives to get me to this class. It was touch and go for many moments but I got there. It was the first time I'd been on a plane in thirteen years and at a doll type workshop in eleven.
The first day of class we worked on the skull. Actually it was half a skull, the back of it was flat. Lisa had prepped part of it for us with the eye sockets in and the whole thing covered with white batting. We chose our eyes which were shooter marbles and hand painted by Lisa. I believe we were the last class to get hand painted Lisa eyes. I feel so honored. We started with the eyelids, the eyes, and built up the features. It was kind of weird being able to roll the eyes around so they wouldn't get scratched up. At that point, my creation looked like an alien.
Part of Lisa's workshop. The place where magic happens.
The hand painted marbles and mohair that has been moussed and curled with a curling iron.
My face. For the first day, I thought it was going to be a male.
Layering on the foam. Brown eyes.
Foam is all pinned down. Alien eyes.
Lisa signing her book for me. That was the first thing I packed.
Lisa holding her book. Lisa is the most wonderful person with so much talent and advice to give. She answered all questions, never holding anything back and repeating things until we got it. To any of you doll makers out there, if you get a chance, take a workshop from Lisa. She is most awesome, caring, and funny.
Stay tuned, more to come.
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