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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Peace Art Doll

This is "Dream of Peace" I have donated to the The Peace Project at Gallery 9 for auction. She is a 14 inch tall OOAK cloth and mixed media Dream Doll with internal wire and wood armature for support.

I painted her face and designed her sparkling heart to evoke both Byzantine and Central American iconography. Her body is a vintage cottage style print from my late mother's collection, while her vivid skirt petals are a combination of vintage and used clothing fabrics, new quilting cottons, and vintage Indian and South Asian fabrics from my mother-in-law's collection.

Tiny colored glass sead beads also appear in many cultures including African tribal adornments and traditional figures, and Native American textiles. Included in her hair decorations are handmade cloth beads made from some yo-yos from a very old quilt that is beyond repair, but represents the traditional feminine crafts of pioneer America. My idea is that her multi-sourced clothes, charms and embellishments symbolize many cultures, many crafting and textile traditions, many tribes all working in harmony.

 The flowers and other nature elements are there to remind us that the natural world is often a casualty of war; natural resources are often the impetus of wars. The spirals of colored beads on her hands and feet represent the four Elements - Earth, Air, Fire and Water - nature as balance.

For the auction winner, she will be a conversation starter and thought provoker. Included is a custom decorated stand to display your doll as a functional art sculpture in your home or workplace. Plus everytime you look at her, as well as enjoying the intricate detail and joyful colors and textures, you can feel gratified that you have helped a very good cause in the world.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Finally finished my swap doll

Very late, but better than never, I hope. This an embellished, hand drawn paper doll around the theme of Moon. She's called "Moonlight Becomes Her." About 7 inches tall, with a hinged neck. (Pencil, marker, galvanized wire, glass beads, sequins, metallic thread.) She's a little different for me, since I tend to work in cloth most of the time.

Swaps have a tendency to get away from me. I've got too many other things on my plate, including a doll I owe a little girl who won it, and the next Coolaberration2010 (which is going to be awesome!).

So I think I'll stay away from any more swaps for now.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

My Dolls will be in an Art Gallery

If you go to my Etsy store in about two weeks, you will find it empty of Dream Star dolls. That is because my Dream Star dolls are going to be carried by The Gallery 9 in Culver City in conjunction with their next juried exhibition, The Peace Project by The Whole 9, opening September 25. The Whole 9 is an artists' community with online portfolios and real life networking and creativity inspiring events.

I'm super excited because the curator Lisa Shultz invited me over and hand picked the dolls to be in the gallery shop as part of this wonderful event. I hope that a whole new audience will see my art dolls.

In addition I have donated a Dream Doll to be auctioned during the gala reception. She is a multi-colored doll with a hand painted face, encrusted with beading, embroidery and couched ribbons. She'll be wearing a vivid mix of patterns and prints, while on her hands different colored beaded spirals represent each of the Four Elements - Earth, Air, Fire and Water. I plan on making an art journal to add value to her purchase with stories based on the Elements. Pics soon.

All proceeds from the auction and exhibition will be used to create sustainable opportunities for victims of the war in Sierra Leone. This country has been in the news recently because of the Naomi Campbell Blood Diamonds scandal. Meanwhile the country's path to stability is filled with struggles. Here are some links to information about the civil war in Sierra Leone.

Africa Renewal - January 2005
Cry Freetown
The Civil War in Sierra Leone - Background
US Department of State - Sierra Leone page

Friday, September 3, 2010

In a treasury

Some of my gift tags are in a beautiful nature themed treasury by Etsy seller Baby Shower Supplies. It's lovely to be found and be in such grand company.