I decided to re-photo my tree spirit doll.
The wood floor was definitely a better background than either the starkness of white or black.
And sitting on the steps gave a little more life.
But then I had the idea to put the spirit into the tree waiting patiently inside for spring and its happier months outdoors.
Both tree and spirit enjoyed the interaction. (and I had fun too)
Kerfe is a very special friend in my life. She is actually one of the people I love best, for many reasons. We support each other artistically and try to boost each other’s spirits. I had been going through a low point and put together an altar of things Kerfe has given me over the years. When I pass by my mantle, I’ll stop and reflect on positive energy. Here’s what is there: two beautiful collages, my treasured spirit doll (on the left), a little figure she sent me which is very funny and cheerful, a decorated skull and another skull necklace. There are some other items not displayed, such as a very old painting of my cat Ace that Kerfe did probably in the late 1970’s. I am not a person who is very good at holding on to old friends but somehow my friend Kerfe has stayed in my life, for which I am very grateful!
It’s time for me to add some fiber to the mix.
I recently finished a spirit doll, a project of about two years.
Dolls are another of my obsessions.
My chain-stitched muslin dolls began, as usual, by accident. We were moving; my daughter was packing and also getting rid of (a few) things. At one of her birthday parties, the activity was decorating muslin dolls. A minimalist, she put eyes and a big smile with markers, and attached a few pieces of yarn on top for hair. She didn’t want to keep it.
But I thought, as I often do, “I could make something out of that.” I had once seen a muslin doll that was partially decorated with embroidery in a magazine and filed in in my mind under “good ideas”. here was my chance.
My daughter loved mermaids as a child. So I began, secretly, to turn her creation into a mermaid. It was complete just in time for her middle school graduation.
Since then I’ve also done a spiderwoman, a tiny skeleton, a spirit doll for Nina, a tree spirit, and my just-completed eye spirit doll. I have plenty of ideas for more. Check back in several years…