| Category: Beginnner
Lucille's Last Dance
| Doll Artist:
Alice C. W. Dennis Profile / Articles /
Medium: Last Dance, an
- Bust, arms, legs, shoes and
purse of polymer clay
- torso and back of head of
- armature: copper tubing
wooden stand measures
| Description: 81/2"x 11" 3" tall doll is 14' tall
Lucille's gown is made of three
layers: a burgundy lining fabric is the bottom layer. Next is a red sequined
fabric. Over that, the top layer, is a sheer fabric with metallic threads. I
wanted the dress to appear beaded. I felt this combination of fabrics
accomplished that look.
The dress had to be sewn and
styled on Lucille, as the body design, especially the legs, would not allow a
sewn garment to be put on her.
I have dabbled with polymer clay
off and on over the years but have never made a polymer clay doll until
Lucille. I thoroughly enjoyed making her.
My booth has won awards at craft
shows, but this is the first award I have won for an individual piece. I really
did not believe she would fit into the challenge category and almost did not
enter her. Sherry encouraged me to enter and just enjoy the process. I did
| Inspirations: I have
worked as a senior day care activity coordinator. Remembering the looks on the
ladies as they danced to tunes they loved is what inspired the creation of
| Herstory: There she
was at the Grand Hotel again. The ballroom was not as palatial as she
remembered. How many years had it been? Why try to calculate. It was a lifetime
The old hotel had been
refurbished, funded partially due to the bill Edward had worked so hard to get
passed. This Gala grand-re-opening was dedicated to him.
Did he ever know how proud she
was of him. They would come here and dance until the band refused to play
another song. He had just passed the bar when he proposed right there on the
dance floor. It wasn't long before they had little time for dancing--his
practice and then the campaigns took so much of his time.
And, of course as a senator's
wife she was expected to act like a proper lady. What a bore, but then it was
for Eddie--- ah-- Edward. She would do anything for him. The band began to
play. Oh! they were playing the old songs.
Her feet couldn't help but tap
to the beat. But those youngsters, try as they might , they really didn't get
the steps right. Eddie could have shown them how. No one could cut a rug like
Eddie! She was having a hard time sitting still. Then it happened. The song
they loved. Why they had won so many contests dancing to it!
She would no longer sit there.
Dropping her shawl by the table and her purse a few steps later, she darted to
the dance floor. Oh who could dance in those old lady shoes? She kicked them
off as she made her way to the mirrored platform. She grinned wondering if
anyone could see her black lace undergarments or red satin garters reflected in
the mirrors. So much for being a proper lady!
But oh, Eddie wouldn't mind,
would he ?She smiled and glanced heavenward. "Oh, Eddie, this one last
dance is for you!"
| The Critics:What an adventurous piece for a
Im sure we all enjoyed the little story attached to it (too
long to write here)
Once again, not strictly a
fashion doll, but who could resist the sense of humour, the pert little face
and bare feet?
You really captured that little
old lady look I see in the mirror every morning!
Just hope my arms have little
less flab!! Not much of the clothing detail shows in the photograph apart from
the jaunty beaded (or sequinned) beret so she really has to be judged on her
Congratulations Alice, we expect
to see more of your work soon.
All critics are
by participant Sue Farmer if you want to learn what
makes she write them please read her article: Where Angels Fear to Tread !!