Dolls take shape from their creator's imaginations - fashioned from what they have at hand and they begin to take on a soul of their own. The Venus of Wilendorf, Venus of Dolni-Vestonicei and Venus of Les pugue are Neolithic spirit dolls and they still exude their power.
Over the centuries, dolls have brought comfort and joy, magick and laughter…and, yes, in some cases dolls straddled the line from delightful to creepy to downright scary.
I began to research dolls. First I created some paper dolls to populate shadowbox pictures, but creating a wholly embroidered doll began to fascinate me and over the next year I created 6, culminating in an 18" Japanese Goddess. She was in a display box and traded to my friend Trea. Trea is a wonderful artist and she too was creating a series of Goddesses (hers are watercolour on paper.
|Trea's portrait of me|
When I started blogging, I blogged instead of embroidering and the dolls stopped, but I was so grateful for what my sister did for me last month, I had to create something special just for her.
There are many layers of meaning I could go into, but they are all very personal to our growing up. The doll also carries our Mother and our middle sister as well. She also has a prayer for protection embroidered in the spiral on her back.
She is meant to be touched. Many people keep their spirit dolls beside their computer or in their bedroom, close to where they sleep. I am painting a special shadowbox for her and will post a picture of it on Facebook, or here when it is done.
Thanks so much for all your kind words about this special piece. Your praise means a lot.
Happiness and Joy
Come into my Life
Away with anger,
Stress and Strife
I am happy, I am free
No more negativity.