On occasion, as time allows I participate in doll swaps through a Yahoo group (Beaded Art Dolls) and a Delphi group (Bead Art) to which I belong. I am also willing to approach others (and have once or twice) with which I'd like to swap. I enjoy the swaps and the chance to own something created by another. The anticipation of it all is exciting too.
The moderator of the doll group on Yahoo to which I belong is someone I have admired for a long time. She is an incredible doll artist, creating dolls using many mediums. I was taken with her cloth dolls, especially the faces, from the first time I saw her work. I approached her about doing a swap and she was kind enough to accept. This is the wonder of the Internet - she lives in Australia and had I not joined that doll group, our paths most certainly would have never crossed.
The color choice for the doll I would bead for her was not a difficult one - her favorite color is purple. I enjoy working with purple until it is time to photograph the work, purple is always so difficult to capture. I did my best with this one, but still don't feel as though the colors are captured properly.
This is the beautiful doll my friend Lynn made for me. Her name is Blossom
For a short time I belonged to another group in Yahoo and joined a swap there, for that I chose to work with blue and orange. I was feeling in a spiral sort of mood I guess. She is beaded with Czech and Japanese seed beads, sequins and on her rear end, I used vintage glass sew on's.
The doll form is about 4" tall by Monica Magness, her tiny face by Sculpted Windows.
Another swap in which I participated was this past Valentine's Day on the Beaded Art Dolls group. A heart shape seemed a natural choice. The form is by Monica and the face by my friend, Diane in Brisbane Australia. This is the first time I used so many sequins at one time.
The form is about 4" across and that didn't seem so big until I started beading it. I enjoyed working with blue and gold together.
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman