At Month of Softies this month is about a Personal Challenge that we would like to take. I’ve been planning to make an Art doll ever since I first saw one on somebody’s homepage on the net. They intrigue me, since they can “just be put together” with no planing or thinking of how fragile they will become. They have lots of personality from their creators and the materials can be anything!
For me many of this summer’s thrift finds have been made with the thought that “this could be an embellishment for an art doll or an art quilt!”
But to start with something you’ve never tried is difficult. It feels more like a pain than a joy sometimes when you are afraid of failure.
I sewed together a white torso and stuffed it, then I found magazine eyes and a mouth that I sewed to the face of my art doll. As her clothes and hair developed she got really pink. Pink is my favorite colour. She felt like a muse, a new friend. I’ve named her Iris and I really love that I made her.
Both my cousin and my fiancé, who have seen her in reality, has told me they are a little bit scared of her, she looks mean. I agree. She has fluffy pink feathers and yarn as her hair and a pink dress with buttons and lace – but still she looks strict and she is not smiling. I like that. She will guard over me – and push away creative blocks that will take form in my life. She will be the muse that inspires me and keeps bad though of not being good enough away from me! I hope.
In her hair I sewed in plastic beads as decoration, and a silk ribbon to hang her up somewhere close to my desk or bed, so that her eyes will see everything.
This personal chalange has really really inspired me, and I want to make more art dolls.