A big thanks for all those emails…and please keep them coming! My surgery went well and my hands will be back in the doll hospital next week fixing all those waiting for a new breath of life!! Stay tuned for that as you will watch a very difficult repair transformation!! As promised…I wanted to let you see another aspect of my collection–The Sinister Circus! The moment I saw these in the design room–I was in heaven! As the web-site puts it: “A carnival most macabre; introducing a traveling band of oddities in the Sinister Circus. Something wicked this way comes as the Overseer opens the show to a host of sideshow headliners, dastardly thrilling performers and ghastly clowns. Enter the show…if you dare!” As you may not know…I have always been fascinated by clowns–especially the scary ones. Carnivals were something I looked forward to as a kid…and as my brothers were on the thrilling rides…. my Dad and I were in the side show tents.
As many of you may remember…side shows (although politically incorrect) had the most curious of things. I remember chickens with 2 heads…cows with an extra leg—-strange aliens in jars–and the people,…they were the oddest! One could usually find the tattoed man..(my Zombie Boy will be de-boxed and added to this display soon), a lady with a beard, wolf man, the guy who could lay on a bed a nails, and one who could slide long needles through his skin–not to mention very short people…very tall people…very thin people and very heavy people! In one of the most famous of carnival side shows PT Barnum showcased the Siamese Twins along with other accidents of nature. I think my love of Science and overwhelming curisoity about such things is what always drew me in. My Sinister Circus is still evolving…and I actually created a few other characters myself. These additional characters are not part of the Sinister Circus line–just my own play in the field of Frankendolly. They in no way represent anything that may be an official part of the collection–it is just my facination with things I remember that caused me to put together some characters!
I am hoping to add more to my sinister collection…and as you can see I had to have 2 of the little Giggles the clown. Although I enjoy them all–the clowns are my fovorites. I am guessing you may have noticed the co-joined ballerina—yes, that is my frankendolly experimental version of the original Siamese Twins from P.T. Barnums early side shows. I used 2 Marley bodies to create that…and after removing and arm and leg on each inner side of body…fused the trunks together with a hot glue gun. The very short gal in front is my “little person” who is one I remember from my childhood visits to the carnival shows. I created her by putting a regular fashion doll head on a little 10″ Ann Estelle body.
As you can see—this is certainly one of my favorite displays. After Zombie boy becomes my Tattoo man–I may just have to think up another character…unless RT adds something to this line..hint–hint…..more characters please…….