This month I was given the chance to interview the craft artist Gamuza, learning where the inspiration comes from creating her handcrafted pieces. One of my favourite Gamuza creations are hand-made Little Rina dolls made from papier-mache and vintage fabrics. They are unique and one of a kind.
When and how did you first begin to handcraft your creations?
A few years ago, I was asked by a friend to create something special to give as a Bat mitzvah gift. I liked the result, so continued to make my Little Rinas!
Do you have a routine you prefer? How long does each project typically take from start to finish?
Finding the right fabric combination usually gets me started, I’ll stitch the skirt, produce the head, body and limbs, and then decide on the doll’s complexion and hair colour. Trimmings are finally added. The whole process takes about 5 days.
What artists inspire you, and who are some of your biggest influences?
I love the work of Egon Shiele and feel that seeing Paola McClure’s caskets may have sewn the seed of creating tiny figures using paper mache and vintage textiles.
Do you have your own personal favourite creation that you designed?
I don’t have a particular favourite, they are all my children!
Tell me about some new projects you have in the works right now.
I recently visited an exhibition of Jean Paul Gaultier’s work and would like to create a tartan/punk doll.
If you could be one of your dolls – which one would you be?
Catalina, I’ve always admired the colours and designs of Mexican Day of the Dead sugar skulls.
Do you have any advice or tips for those looking to pursue new visual art projects but have never done so before?
Go for it, what is there to loose?
Thank you Gamuza for an inspiring interview!