I love my online dollmaking friends. we belong to a group called Art Dolls Only. the challenges they come up help me creatively to think outside the box. in this case the june challenge was for a black and white doll. i love drawing in b/w, and almost right away i knew what i wanted to make. then the vision expanded and i was creating two dolls instead of one! i'm finding that i like sculpting these little clay faces - it give me more dimension than my typical handpainted canvas faces change is good. here's the end result. i also love the little painted clay boots!
I am having the best time this year participating with two teams in the traveling doll project (known as the TDP, for short). I created 2 almost identical dolls. one went to a team of 3, another went to a team of 6. my smaller team is done, so we all have our original dolls back now, but they've traveled to two other artists and been transformed. here is my doll after she was worked on so beautifully by donna cooper in illinois, and tiffany koornneef in oregon. see my previous post to compare before and after! ginny's come home with a face, hair, hands, legs, shoes, and more bling! i expect my other doll, ginny 2, back home this summer.
i participated in this very creative project last winter (see previous posts). this year i'm on 2 teams, so i got to start two dolls. they have now left my studio for their first stops in illinois and oregon, where other artists are working on them. the journey will continue for several more months, with each stop being recorded by blog, photos, journals. check out adotravelingdollproject.blogspot.com to see what other teams have started. i am a part of Ladies of Liberty and The American Pies. the two dolls i created were named Ginny 1 and Ginny 2, in honor of a well known dancer in my town. she passed away 2 years ago, and i had the honor of attending her estate sale last summer, where i found glitz galore. the dolls in this photo are headless, but not for long.