This doll was made in response to @calluna’s prompt in the Challenge Chain:
Next up: Take the American Folklife Center’s Archive Challenge. You’ll explore the visual and/or audio Archives online, find inspiration, and create! Whether visual arts, performing arts, traditional craft/skill, writing, a research project, or something altogether different, incorporate something you find from one of the online collections. If music (especially hip-hop) is of interest, may I recommend playing with the new Citizen DJ site, which is in beta mode, pulls audio from the above collections, and is really stinkin’ awesome.
She is based on a photo from the archive. The photo was of ballerina Bronislava Nijinska, who played the Hummingbird Princess in the 1921 production of the ballet “The Sleeping Princess”. (Another source says the ballet was “The Sleeping Fairy”.)
She’s felt with crocheted hair, leather shoes, metal crown and antennae, and stamped cotton dress.
I’m not sure why she had antennae, but she did, so the doll does, as well.
I’m not sure if I’m allowed to paste the photo in here for reference… @calluna, would it be allowed to do that?
Incidentally, the archive is astounding! It has, for example, an annotated copy of Lewis Carroll’s personal scrapbook.
Edited for inaccuracies and mis-spellings.