Last night I was cruising around Flickr and found these cool art dolls here: Art Doll. It got me thinking about art dolls all over again. I'm fascinated with the concept of making art dolls out of things I already have in my stash of found objects and craft supplies. It's a great way to upcycle all kinds of fabric scraps, clothing, tinsel, glitter, beads, ornaments, broken jewelry, gourds, balls, and all kinds of other things. You just have to keep an open mind. If one thing doesn't work, try another and another.
Here's a video on making an art doll: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTJZ34vIqN8 I should make my own videos some time.
Primitive Folk Art Dolls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTJZ34vIqN8
Thursday, 8 December 2011
Saturday, 5 February 2011
A random post I saw on the Internet reminded me that my Granny Flippin used to make dolls from dish soap bottles. For a time I owned one. But with many moves, I'm sure it got tossed at some point (not necessarily by me). She used to make them and sell them to friends. I remember mine has a pale blue gingham dress and a pre-made doll's head with blond hair and felt feet. She wore little granny glasses. My grandmother also did crocheted afghans. I didn't really get to know her until she was already elderly. She had 9 kids and my mom had five kids so I don't even know if my grandmother new who I was. Maybe I should try to make a few dolls with soap bottles to carry on the family legacy of folk art.