Things in my Office 2 (from Mexico)
In addition to the dolls I’ve made, I have quite a few other dolls I’ve acquired over the years. The rag doll pictured above has a tag still attached that says it was “handmade cooperative” in Mexico. I found it in a thrift shop. I was not that pleased after I painted in my ink drawing, but a few days later it looks better to me. I’ve always done watercolor first, then ink on top, and it felt kind of like doing a coloring book but with paint.
So I did another ink drawing, this time one of the “don’t lift the pen” types, managing also to fit the whole doll on the page this time. I should try one with watercolor first, then ink, to compare. Add it to the list…
The second doll I drew is also from Mexico, a gift from a friend many years ago. It was once brightly colored, but the paint has faded to a pale tint. Although these paper mache dolls are sometimes referred to as “prostitute dolls” in the United States, the common Mexican name for them is “muñecas de carton” which translates as “doll made of rock paper”. They may be modeled after female circus performers, and were traditionally given as gifts to girls around Easter. Now they are more often made for sale to tourists, usually painted with a name on the torso: mine is called Ilda. She’s sitting on one of my daughters’ old wooden doll chairs.