Recently there have been a couple new designs released - Mira's "Forest Goddess" and L&L's "Evangeline", specifically - and there has been some buzz around the bulletin board community about them. Who likes 'em, who doesn't....and why. Apparently some people are interpreting criticism of the designs as "designer jealousy," or something like that. This bothers me, for some reason.
Personally, I don't like "Evangeline." And I really, REALLY wanted to like it, since I'm a lurker in Marilyn's Yahoo group and heard about this design from it's conception. I love the story, and I could hardly wait to see a stitchable representation, especially since I usually like Marilyn's designs and the color palettes she uses. But this.....ugh. The over-one face IS beautiful, but it doesn't seem proportioned correctly for the body. The dress looks like one of her "angel" dresses, and to me the apron is odd, too. I guess I was expecting something less "floofy"....after all, Evangeline, as a penniless exile to the swamps, probably wouldn't have had the billowy garb that Marilyn imagined. I was thinking more along the lines of "striking beauty despite her shabby attire" kind of thing....
Anyway, I'm sure this interpretation of Evangeline will suit some people. It isn't one I want to stitch, and I'm not afraid to tell people why. Besides, just saying "I won't stitch it" will inevitably lead to someone asking why! And I don't think explaining my tastes makes me jealous of a designer's talents (well, I AM, but I'm not shooting down her design for that reason).
Now the Mira.....I'm undecided there. I'm loving the fact that she DOESN'T have wings or a mermaid tail, but I'm not sold on the colors. Although colors are changeable, right???