Samantha Bryan fun fairies

April 7, 2014 at 9:52 am 1 comment

This weekend we have had a wonderful two days with the delightful Samantha Bryan creating fantastical vintage fairies of all manner of descriptions. This was run through the Trolly Dollies (great job Kerrie, Jenny and the rest of the crew). The fairies created were as varied as the participants. We began with making ten heads from air dry clay, all with individual characters. This was followed by the elongated armature to which we added our beetle shaped bodies fashioned from leather and stuffed with filling.

My heads:


This picture shows the bibs and bobs that go into making one of Samantha’s fairies:

Samantha's bits

It was great to get a close up look at the amazing detail Samantha puts into her fairies also:

Samantha's flightful fairies


One thing that was constantly reinforced by Samantha throughout the weekend was that her work is always constructed with the rigours of them travelling to exhibitions in mind. Therefore the processes taught and the materials used were ones designed to be hardwearing and resistant to handling. Samantha uses a lot of silver soldering which would a great great further workshop for when she visits next year (that’s a hint Kerrie!).

My ‘Movie Man’ is headless at the moment:

Movie man 1

The head I originally made (with red beanie) was too small for the armature constructed so I had to make a new head (sheoak seed ears). The body and camera were sewn from leather scraps.

Kerrie had her ‘action man’ almost completed and was also very busy on the Saturday night constructing three more bodies:

Kerry's action man!

Thankyou for the delicious slices also Kerrie, the peanut butter brownie was very badly more-ish (you can get Kerrie’s yummy recipes here).

And it was also wonderful to meet and work with Samantha, she was an absolute sweetie!

Kerry & Samantha




Entry filed under: art dolls, paperclay.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. maggi21  |  April 8, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Looks like you had a great time and I’m sure that Movie Man won’t stay headless for long.


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