Sunday, July 17, 2011
Esperanza - Trash it Out Art Doll Round Robin...
I am a little late in posting - okay, maybe more that a little late. Lots of stuff going on here keeping me busy, and it seems the blog post always fall to the bottom of my "to do" list. Fortunately it has not kept me from beading and working on some other creative things.
In the current doll round robin in which I'm participating, my second visit was with Esperanza. A stunningly beautiful doll - she looks as hopeful as her name represents. She arrived pretty decked out with a wonderful journal to accompany her. I'm guessing I'm not the first to feel this while participating in a round robin - but I find that I don't want to do anything that will take any beauty away from the dolls coming to me in this round robin and am stumped at times in figuring out what to add to complement what has already been added. The women with which I am participating in this collaboration have seemingly endless talent and ideas. I am quite literally stunned with each new arrival as I open the box containing the doll and whatever accompanies her.
I thought she might need some pearls, so added some to the bottom of her dress. I thought the effect was pretty, I hope her owner (Gloria) will as well.
Also added - a couple of silver metal loops with a cross, some square swarovski beads, dragonflies and hearts. I love hearts :-)
Because beading is my comfort zone in this type of artistic endeavor, I tend to head in that direction often. For this doll, I found the perfect connector bead by Lisa Peters. It had wire loops on each end, I sewed those down to the backing and added a Swarovski crystal bicone to cover it. Also added - gold freshwater pearls, bronze colored glass beads.
It is backed with brown Ultrasuede and has a pinback with pendant bail so it can be worn as a brooch or a pendant.
Before Esperanza was sent off to her next destination, I added a page to her journal with one of my favorite poems by Patricia Lynn Reilly.
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