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Last Dance of Betsy McCall

I’ve mentioned before in this blog my affection for dolls, so when I recently came across an old project from an Adobe After Effects class I took at the School of Visual Arts,  I thought I would share it.  While it’s a bit simplistic overall and certainly no match for Blythe Theater, it does say a lot about me and my general sensibilities.  With art being so subjective, I did get some mixed interpretations as to what this piece might be about and some even thought it was sad or scary. Can you imagine?  That’s so far off of my intention which was a story about a doll (played by the vintage Betsy McCall)  who gets to experience the joy of one last dance with her friends who have all gone on to broken doll heaven-  in a fabulous Busby Berkeley kind of way,  but I’m sure you get that.

Music is “Per Sempre”by the Friends of Dean Martinez


I’m fascinated with dolls and have been a collector since I was a child and now, as a makeup artist, they’re a great source of inspiration for me especially when they’re like Blythe.  She was a doll originally created in the 70’s and discontinued after only one year but, thanks to photographer Gina Garan, she’s been resurrected and now has a very big and very fashionable fan club.   I bought this book, “Blythe Style”, in Japan when I was working there on location and never tire of looking at it.  The images inside are wondeful collaborations between Ms. Garan and several designers and could easily rival the editorial layouts of any top magazine.  As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also the colorful and magical world of Blythe Theater.  It seems no matter what setting or situation Blythe is in, she always has the right outfit, hair and makeup- she’s just fabulous!