Creating Beauty

As a child, I was frightened by a humongous Kissy doll. At 3, it was as big as I was and when you pulled it's hands together it made a smacking or a supposed kissing sound. I was sure it would get up and get me......making smacking sounds as it neared my bed.

Now I make dolls.....some are supposed to be scary, but most just reflect how I look at beauty. To me we have a very narrow view of what beauty is and is not. I have cerebral palsy and don't think I'm whining about it I'm not. I'm lucky my case is very mild compared to some people's. But you can pick me out as different, I walk awkwardly, but my arm and leg work correctly.....for someone with a partially paralyzed arm and leg.

I look like someone with CP is supposed to and in my way I'm attractive. I try to reflect alternative beauty in the dolls I create and so in some ways I'm still dealing with fear, but now it's not my own.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The one thing....

Oh my gosh! Is this the most beautiful headdress!  I love ancient history and mythology and I was enchanted when I was looking for ideas for a goddess figure I was toying around with in my sketch book.

Now I was thinking along the lines of the Minoan priestesses who handled snakes. Now their clothing is interesting, but the cat hat leaves a lot to be desired.... At least for me.  Now when I started on this doll making venture my first piece was a large snake woman with a Mycenaean hairstyle and Maori style tattooing on her torso. She was a huge piece since she was an experiment. She turned out quite well and even though I love her I'm thinking of listing her in my etsy shop.

But anyway, I want to create another snake woman as I enjoy playing with the shapes and textures and beading of course.

And that wonderful headdress is going to be a great inspiration.

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