bel di couture is creating couture doll clothes and accessories
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I have always been fascinated with dolls. When I was growing up in Lubbock, TX and old enough to ride my bike to Texas Tech University, I would spend hours in the university library pouring over books about doll creation, clothes design, the history of costume, and many other books about the manipulation of fabric to create art. The TT stacks were amazing and I've yet to find another library as mystical as that one. One of my favorite artists that I discovered during that phase of my life was Lisa Lichtenfels: http://www.lisalichtenfels.net/ Not only do her figures delight me, her story reminds me so much of myself: I am drawn to the art and craftsmanship involved with doll-making and the more I do it, the more at home I feel. No college professor could scold or laugh me out of my obsession. Unlike her I did not find a back-alley shaman to tell me to change careers, so I am still working in the IT industry while I try to realize my dreams in my spare time.  

Some day, I would like to go as far as making my own figures, but for now I really want to focus on fashion for dolls. The fashion world, both historical and modern, has captured my imagination almost as much as doll craftsmanship has. I often imagine clothes designs in my head that I would like to see put into reality, but the human figure requires natural compromise in that clothes designed for it should, at least, be comfortable and have at least a modicum of practicality, even when designing for stage or screen. With a doll, however, that restriction is gone - no doll will complain that the lace netting you've chosen is too scratchy, nor will any doll have the natural human imperfection of one side of the body being larger/smaller than the other. It's a release to be as creative as I want, and I relish that challenge.
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  • Early downloads of all releases
  • Your name in the credits of my videos
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Diamond
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  • (still in design phase, expected March 2018) A Smart Doll sized t-shirt screen printed with the Bel Di logo
  • Plus all previous rewards
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I'll start making how-to videos for sewing doll clothes.
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I have always been fascinated with dolls. When I was growing up in Lubbock, TX and old enough to ride my bike to Texas Tech University, I would spend hours in the university library pouring over books about doll creation, clothes design, the history of costume, and many other books about the manipulation of fabric to create art. The TT stacks were amazing and I've yet to find another library as mystical as that one. One of my favorite artists that I discovered during that phase of my life was Lisa Lichtenfels: http://www.lisalichtenfels.net/ Not only do her figures delight me, her story reminds me so much of myself: I am drawn to the art and craftsmanship involved with doll-making and the more I do it, the more at home I feel. No college professor could scold or laugh me out of my obsession. Unlike her I did not find a back-alley shaman to tell me to change careers, so I am still working in the IT industry while I try to realize my dreams in my spare time.  

Some day, I would like to go as far as making my own figures, but for now I really want to focus on fashion for dolls. The fashion world, both historical and modern, has captured my imagination almost as much as doll craftsmanship has. I often imagine clothes designs in my head that I would like to see put into reality, but the human figure requires natural compromise in that clothes designed for it should, at least, be comfortable and have at least a modicum of practicality, even when designing for stage or screen. With a doll, however, that restriction is gone - no doll will complain that the lace netting you've chosen is too scratchy, nor will any doll have the natural human imperfection of one side of the body being larger/smaller than the other. It's a release to be as creative as I want, and I relish that challenge.

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Rewards
Turquoise
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Access to patron-only content
  • I will say your name lovingly to my cats
  • My gratitude
Opal
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Able to vote in Polls
  • Plus all previous rewards
Sapphire
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Early downloads of all releases
  • Your name in the credits of my videos
  • Plus all previous rewards
Diamond
$50 or more per month 0 of 15 patrons
  • (still in design phase, expected March 2018) A Smart Doll sized t-shirt screen printed with the Bel Di logo
  • Plus all previous rewards