WIP beginning on my Spirit Muse Doll for 2016. I made a couple of dolls to act as spirit muses last year and I wanted the tradition to continue. Spirit dolls have powerful energy for me. The come from a place that is primal and their presence is a reminder to make room for my creative energy to flow. I display them prominently in the studio on my art mantel so I see them every day. Creating a doll is an intuitive meditation practice for me. I don’t feel hampered by any constraints, they don’t even have to resemble human form, although in this case she is a torso. A rather big torso(17″ tall x 15″ wide) in the primitive stump doll tradition. She is weighted with dried beans to give her some heft as well. I won’t miss her looking over at me.
She’s constructed of some leftover linen I had eco dyed with sumac in the summer and my textile sandwich of leftovers I explain below.
Her “face” is formed from leftover threads, yarns and snippets of vintage fabric and felted wools I’ve formed into a stitched textile sandwich using cheesecloth or scrim as an aid. Further hand stitching through the piece and along the edges forms a curled edging which I find quite pleasing as you can see below in the next photo.
Hand stitching with variegated cotton thread begins to cover the seams and a batik piece forms her base.
I’m auditioning possible embellishment materials, although since she is a work in progress, that could all change.
I will have to wait and see what she has to say.
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Linking her to Carolyn Dube’s “Rediscover How to Play 2016“, great energy going on over there.