I was asked for a donation for a fundraiser and choose a spirit doll. Each doll is a unique experience. I pick a theme like Peace, Air, the seasons, a word, and then dive in. I gather found sticks bundle them into a vaguely human shape. I usually end up with a pile of discards, go out in the neighborhood for just the right stick, then come back and do it all over again.
I wrap with batting, then strips of scrap fabric to form a womanly shape. I often tuck strips of paper with words of love and peace in with the fabric wraps. No one sees them but me.
For this doll, I wrapped with several shades of natural colored linen strips, then added silk strips. I use pins to anchor things as I wrap, but then tack down any loose ends with thread. The final layer was various kinds of decorative yarn. I craft a skirt of more strips and wrap around her hips.
Her shawl/wrap is a piece of vintage table runner with lace or tatted insets. It’s anchored on her hip with found jewelry bits, more yarn, and beads.
Her head is polymer clay with holes on the side to tie her to the sticks as well as give a place to add yarn embellishments and beads. I made a mold of her face for future dolls. There’s several layers of paint on her face.
Each step is an exploration of fabrics, colors, yarn, beads, jewelry parts. What does she need, what is she asking for? And then the fun part is if I meet her new owner. These dolls really reach out and attach themselves to people’s souls.
And some project pics