The craft/art of Soft Sculpted Cloth Figures has so much more scope than other forms of Textile Fibre Arts,
since it involves fashion/costume design; portraiture; caricature; characterisation; fabric manipulation; quilting/needle sculpture;
beading; embroidery; painting; dyeing and printing; knitting; crochet and all sorts of other textile embellishment.
Interestingly, traditional UK crafts and textile art has its roots in the wartime and post war ethos of practical, make do and mend such as knitting, crochet and patchwork & quilting. To make something that could be useful, but which ultimately has developed into something decorative and creative, has always been part of the UK mindset.
Since dolls were seen as a luxury during wartime, few dolls were made and the stigma that a doll is a toy/ plaything, has dogged the art/craft of cloth figure making for decades and still underlies people's prejudices today.
In Canada, USA and Australia, this craft/art form has been much more fully appreciated and followed.
Thankfully, in the noughties more and more UK Textile Craft/Artists are embracing Textile Art Figure making.
- I've been designing and making textile figures for many years. I have also recently taken up knitting and crochet again after a lengthy break
and I'm LOVING IT! Textile Creations UK (http://textilecreationsuk.
blogspot.com) is my new website/ Blog, which includes all my knitted, crocheted, sewn, woven textile creations.