Creative Doll Making Email Course



Below is an except from my blog post about how the beginning of lock down was making me rethink my ways of working, and forcing me to hone my ideas for an email course.  Since then, the course has run twice, and is about to run for the third time. Over each run, I have met and worked with some incredible students, from those who had never before used a needle and thread to experienced doll makers and artists.  It has been a genuine joy and privilege to see their incredible work come to life.  If you’d like to see previous students work, head over to Instagram and take a look at the hashtags #thepalerookworkshop and #palerookworkshop .

The following was originally posted in March 2020, at the beginning of lockdown in Scotland. 

Let’s start with what this course is not.

This is not a course where you will learn how to follow a step by step doll making process. This is not a course where you will work from my (or anyone else’s) designs and patterns. This is not a course that will teach you one method of doll making. This is not a course where you will produce the same result as all the others who are taking the course. You will not be learning how to make a Pale Rook Doll and you will not be learning complex pattern cutting (seriously, pattern cutting is hard, even for those of us who have been taught it, and an online course really isn’t the way to learn it unless it’s by a really skilled pattern cutter who can describe complicated measurements and calculations in writing. I’m not one of those).

What I can teach you is how to find your way of working and to identify what makes you tick.

Which leads me to what this course is.

This is a course where you will be taught to identify your own creative triggers, ideas and impulses and to identify what works for you.  This is a course where you will learn how to design your own style of doll, and to draft and cut your own simple doll pattern that can be adapted, tweaked and developed.  Through this course you will learn how to make a doll that is entirely unique and personal to you.   In this course I will share the methods I use to work through creative blocks and design problems. This is a course where you will build a collection of creative ideas and projects, and by the end of it you’ll have the skills and confidence to develop your own doll designs.  As well as opening up your creative flow, this course will give you the practical skills and tools to create dolls with their own character, style and story.

You’ll receive ten emailed lessons – two lessons each week for five weeks. Some of them are deceptively simple creative warm-ups, and some are detailed, challenging and in depth. The lessons will build up from identifying the very beginnings of your creative thinking – finding the seeds that are worth nurturing, finding the triggers that make you think and feel as an artist, to learning simple, practical doll making skills that can be adapted to your own needs.

What’s the course fee?

Well, that’s up to you. Since we’re living in completely weird times, and this is all new to all of us, I’ve decided to offer this course on a pay-what-you-can basis. You decide how much you can or want to pay. I’m suggesting a minimum of £60 and a maximum of £120. There is no need to justify or explain how much you’d like to pay. I know that for some of you, this is a time of enormous uncertainty so I hope this makes the course more accessible to those who aren’t sure if their future income is secure. Regardless of what you can afford to pay, you’ll receive the same lessons and support as anyone else.

Sponsored places – FULLY BOOKED

Updated August 2020 –  For the August run of the course I am offering a small number of sponsored places for those who don’t have the financial means to take part otherwise.  If you are unable to afford the course fee for any reason, and would like to take part, please contact me AFTER registration has taken place ( from the 24th of August onwards).  Please note that sponsored places will be limited, but as mentioned above, you will never be asked to justify your request for a place or to explain your reasons for doing so.

How many places are there?

I’m going to limit the places on the course to the number of students I can comfortably connect with over the duration of the course.  I want to be able to offer one to one email support for those who would like or need it.  I don’t want this to be one of those courses where students are flying solo and the teacher has no real connection with anyone.

The course is now full. Thank you to everyone who has registered.