Illumination cape

11 years, 2 months ago 33
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So it came to my attention that people have been asking questions about this doll. Sorry, Enchanted Doll fans-I didn’t mean to hold out on you. I made this a few months ago, but didn’t get around to posting any pictures. Here, let me tell you all about it.

This is Edie modeling the Illumination cape. My favorite dye sublimation project. So far.

The Illumination is a dye sublimation print of the image taken from my watercolor painting. It’s covered with organic/celtic designs and flowers all the way around and it’s really long. It features four fabulous Sterling Silver box clasps with set gemstones which make this cape so much fun to take on and off, on and off, on and off….obviously I can’t stop playing with it. The clasps are quite heavy and this weight effectively counterbalances the weight of this enormous cape. Because it’s printed on polyester it’s actually quite light for what it is, but there’s got to be a balance between the front and the back, otherwise it starts sliding around the body, that’s why I used heavy clasps as counterweights, which works fantastic.

This cape hides most of the doll’s skin with the exception of bare neck, lower arms and sometimes a foot slides free of the folds through the slit down the middle. I really like that effect because it creates such a strong contrast between skin and heavy ornament, making the doll’s limbs appear even more sensual and delicate. I just love this outfit and my own Edie always wears it. I think her short hair really offsets the length of the cape and accentuates her neck and her frailness underneath all that fabric.

My plan was to make it into a one of a kind project with bead embroidery all over the designs and gold, or at least gold plated clasps, but when I put together this rough try out, it turned out so splendidly that I decided to keep one as it is and possibly make more of it as a doll accessory/outfit available for order. I might give it a red or a blue lining on the inside too.

I still plan to make a fancy version of it with gemstones strewn all over it and beads covering the surface, but for now that project is on hold as I’m still working out the best method for attaching faceted gems and cabochons to the fabric and merging them with bead work. I can’t wait to get started on it though. Perhaps in August I will.

The reason I don’t have it up on the site anywhere is because this was an experimental project which doesn’t have its own doll yet. It’s just a cape for now. I should put more pictures of it up… I will soon, so stay tuned. And let me know if you still have questions about it.

Oh and the reason I called it the illumination cape is beause I was partially inspired by the medieval, Celtic illuminated manuscripts. The other part of inspiration obviously came from my favorite artist, Sulamith Wulfing:


33 Responses

  1. miss LK says:

    Not sure if because it’s getting late, the more I stare at this beautiful cape, the more I feel the flowers are flowing and turning with the colors.

  2. noxy says:

    I LOVE this cape. It’s so gorgeous. And incredibly enough, looks even more amazing in person. So vibrant yet earthy. Edie is the perfect model for it. <3

  3. I agree, Edie matches it perfectly. Not only her colouration, but her tiny delicate little pixie face, and cropped haircut really harmonize with the gorgeous cape.

  4. Manu says:

    the cape is so elegant , i have the impression that the structure ,the colors and all the details have been calculated to make it very perfect,like a haute couture dress
    Edie is one of the ed’s who wear it so well

  5. Els says:

    I adore Edie in the Illumination cape. I think that that those pictures are some of my favourite pictures of her. She wears it so well. The cape really is amazing.

    Is there any chance that you will sell Edie with the Illumation cape as a costumed doll as well? I’m already very excited to hear that you might be selling the capes in future as a doll outfit.

  6. nomore says:

    Her face and especially a hairdress always reminds me Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby

  7. Crystal says:

    I always thought this looked a bit like Joan of Ark even though she may never have worn anything this fancy it’s still earthy enough.

  8. Marina says:

    It’s interesting that you say that, Crystal, as I am just drawing a sketch for a Joan of Arc doll, and I must say that I’m considering giving her this cape over her chain mail. Except that it would have to be opened up more. We’ll see.

    Edie however totally looks like Joan might have looked like. She might have Edie’s face and hair.

  9. Crystal says:

    Sounds perfect!

  10. Silvana says:

    You made a beautiful job in this cape. I loved this cape, the colors and the ornaments. And Edie is a perfect model to this cape. She is amazing!!!

  11. ruthie says:

    stunning, the illuminated cape set against the pale skin & that red hair. i love the designs on the fabric too. Wulfing is a fave of mine

  12. Татьяна says:

    А моя подруга, тоже творческий человек, режет на липовой доске кельтское древо, хочет мебель вырезать. Я вот думаю, хорошая идея – сделать твоим куколкам соответственный антураж – интерьер какой-нибудь, трон, наконец…Я бы сделала, да жаль, времени в обрез…Но хочется страшно!!!

  13. Татьяна says:

    Если пожелаешь- вырежу…

  14. vivian says:

    Gorgeous, simple, confused, she is an angel

  15. Sarthak says:

    The cape is simply beautiful ! all the print and the surface ornamentation on the fabirc is so enriching !

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