Wednesday, May 24, 2006
This is Grace. She is the first in a series of art dolls I'll be creating over the next month. I bought these antique spools on ebay thinking how nice they would look sitting in my antique sewing basket, and they do. But like anything else that's not nailed down in this house, they couldn't sit for very long before I wanted to make something fun with them. My friend JoAnna of Moss Hill Studio (see her wonderfully artistic blog in my links section) had made some gorgeous art dolls from spools and they really inspired me to create a few with my own style. Now my head is spinning with ideas for other dolls so stay tuned for future installments!
Grace has double wings made from antique hardware and a frame draped with antique text. The text is from a pre-1900 book of poetry. She has an antique German doll head and arms. These heads and arms are really special. They were excavated from a ruined doll factory in Thuringia, Germany and probably date to the 1880s. I love to think of them laying there in the ground all those years and now finally being brought to life in the form of a doll as they were originally intended. Grace is standing on a base I created from an antique railroad signal light that has been embellished with an antique brass locker tag and clock key. The winning bidder will receive a handmade collaged paper tag with her name and the verse "Grace be with you all" from Hebrews 13:25.