Who & Why?

What’s in a name? The real story behind the name Corsetkitten isn’t anything sexy or nifty (I do like corsets though). It actually was inspired by a series of events, and Skinnykitten, a cat I had adopted. Long story short: I’d had a website called Stealthkitten.com (named after the above feline) and after a while I’d been threatened with a spurious lawsuit by some jerk named Leo Stoller. It wasn’t going to be worth the cost in legal fees to contest it. That left me wondering what I was going to call my site. I definitely wanted it to have kitten in it since it is a nod to all the furry cats that make their way in my life (yea, I am an unrepentant cat-person!). In tossing around word combinations that one came up & pretty much stuck. So there it is.

Ok, so who am I?

Why am I writing about dolls and various bits of 1:6 scale stuff?

Ok, the easy question first:

Why dolls? Why Action Figures? Aren’t you a grown-up???

Dolls are cool. Action figures (or even action dolls as some people call them) are cool-er because they tend to be more poseable. I’m all about posability! 😉

What you can do with them, customizing–painting, photostories, etc. They are wonderful to use as canvases… sort of like 3-D in a way.Personally, I find them to be a great outlet for creativity.

I should say here and now that I like action figures. I like dolls.

I’m grown up and I’m not ashamed to admit it! Yea, I get a lot of flack from friends & family who don’t understand my attraction to the hobby…but it’s no less childish than playing video games on an x-box360 or a Wii…or cross stitching, or whatever. It’s a good outlet for energy and a very expressive one.

For me, I think that figures allow me to have the means to play out so many scenarios–I don’t know about the rest of you folks out there, but I can’t afford to hire actors or models –to bring about some of the scenes and images in my head.

I am very into collecting dolls & action figures of different sorts. When I first started back in 2000 I began with Barbies. There was something about the smile that made me want to change it and see what I could do. I didn’t keep any of those because well, they had all the posability of a dried up stick!!

However… a friend introduced me to a brand of Japanese dolls made by a company called Volks. And with that introduction I actually became a collector! *gasp* I know! How hideous!! ;P

Volks dollfies are still an all time favorite of mine (because they are so freakin’ posable!) and I enjoy doing customs on them. Another favorite line of figures/bodies are those made my Takara / Takara-Tomy. They are called Cy girls or Cool girls (depending on which release of a given figure you’ve gotten).  They’re wonderfully articulated and more along the lines of what I would consider to be an action-doll. Most of the folks call them just plain action figures though. Regardless of what you call them all of these figures are articulated and highly posable–something I require in any doll I purchase or make.

The 1:6 scale is an easy one—because its a small enough scale that it won’t take of gobs of room (ok, honestly it can, but noooowhere near as much as 1/3rd scale BJDs and stuff!!)

The practicality aspect of it is simple: I can afford to make multiple 1/6 photostudios and backdrops–but I’d be completely bankrupt if I had to do it in 1:1 scale. Not to mention clothing and costumes–smaller scale = less fabric! 😀

The other plus to 1:6 is that it’s playscale/barbie/GI Joe/ Action Man size–which makes finding some ready made furniture and props a hella lot easier.  😉  I don’t want to make it if I can buy it for cheap! 😀

Now the answer to the first question:

I’m Erica and I am an American living in the UK. who used to live in the UK.  I moved there to be with my husband who is a dear sweet guy who’s into model airplanes, and engines and stuff like that. He’s a professional model maker and might someday make some 1:6 stuff for other collectors. I keep him trapped in the shed when I need new 1/6 windows & doors!!!  😉 !!) Now we live in New York State in an undisclosed location! 😉

Anyway,my education consists of life,  a bachelors in Art & East Asian Studies. I enjoy metal sculpting, oil painting, and mixed media projects. I suppose it’s patently obvious that I have an interest in photography also! 😉

I’m also a writer and have some varied projects in the works.

How about that? Enough information? Want more?

6 thoughts on “Who & Why?

  1. My favourite quote. “None are so old as those who have out-lived enthusiasm ” H.D.Thoreau.

    My dollhouse is 1/6. It’s 30″ square & six feet tall. This was before I discovered dioramas. tuh!

    I have room boxes for her kitchen, lingerie shop, bake shop, basement, garage, front hall closet, Ken’s bathroom all in 1/6. It would be great if she paid rent.
    I love your projects.

    1. Thank you Terry-Diane! I wish I had a dollhouse like that *drools* but still, dioramas (or roomsets or displays–people call them a lot of different things) are great and an awesome way to express and collect.

      If my dolls paid rent I would be so chuffed! But sadly I support them instead of the other way around 😉

  2. Hi! Your blog is great. I came across your post titled “Quick Tutorial: making dreadlocks for dolls” and it was exactly what I’ve been searching for. You’re work is beautiful. You mentioned that you prefer to use the tension method to attached the locks to the doll’s head. What is the tension method and the “needle tool” that you referred to? Is there a tutorial or illustration that you could point me to? Thanks!

    1. Hi Sylvia, thanks for stopping by and checking things out 🙂
      The tension method involves using a tool (generally it consists of a pinvise with a needle inserted into it with the eye of the needle cut (so as to be open for you to insert some hair) which you then push into the doll’s head. I was looking for a particular tutorial to share with you, but this one is pretty good for the basics. http://dollycare.blogspot.com/2011/03/reroot-doll-hair-reroot-tool-method.html
      Ping me an email if you need any other info 🙂

  3. Thanks for your reply! I’m attempting to make a wig cap with dreadlocks for a 1/12 scale dollhouse miniature doll. The doll’s scalp doesn’t have holes and I’m unable to poke holes into the scalp, so the tension method won’t work for my needs. I guess I’ll have to stick with glue. If you have any suggestions or know of any good methods for attaching the locks to a tiny wig cap I’d love to hear them. Thanks again.

    1. I can’t really make any other suggestions. The only thing you could consider doing if you don’t want to go the wig route, is to drill holes into the doll head to allow you to push the hair plugs in. The feasibility of doing so depends on the material the head is made out of. I have done that on vinyl action figures but nothing else. I wish you lots of luck with your project! (and feel free to share pics of it with me 🙂

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