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Friday, March 5, 2010

Still playing with dolls; why am I still fascinated after 30 years?

One of the best parts of One World, One heart for me was meeting new friends and discovering some amazing art and the blogs that go with it along the way.  I've always been intrigued with altered art and constantly find myself compelled to use that venue for artistic exploration.  So, it's not surprising that a lot of the artists and their blogs that captured my attention were focused on mixed media.  Lately, I'm seeing a LOT of paper dolls, and I LOVE what I'm seeing.  I want to make some to accompany my altered books......this is what's been niggling in the back of my mind the last few days-and my muse is getting louder and louder in her emphasis that I NEED to make a paper doll  Or two, or even three, but definitely at least one.  I've told her that I don't really have time right now- I'm supposed to be getting ready for a show in six weeks, she doesn't care......
So, you'll probably be seeing my efforts at altered dolls in the next week or so, unless they're awful.  For now, please allow me to show you some examples of art dolls that have been a major source of inspiration for me.  Not to copy mind you, but to get in step with and make my own........

"Don't Wake the Gryphon"  by Laura Haviland of Creative Whispers

 
This is "Grandmother Tree" by Cheryl of Healing Woman

"Letters from Paris" from Bockel24

And here are several that I admire from Etsy artisits....

"Messenger of Spring" by Julia Peculiar

Faerie Paper Doll by Paper Whimsy


"Jumping Jack Ballerina Doll Lousia" by Hope and Joy Studios


11 comments:

bockel24 said...

Thanks for featuring my doll - can´t wait to see what you´ll come up with!

Yvonne said...

I totally love all these dolls! What great inspiration, Stephanie! Thanks for sharing!

Lynn said...

Great inspiration, beautiful art dolls, it could become addicting :)

Laura Haviland said...

Very "creative" Stephanie,thank you so much for featuring my art paper doll on your blog. This is such an honor to be featured with other artists friends I admire greatly.
Best wishes and happy creating your art paper dolls to add to your altered books. They will be fabulous new creations.. Enjoy your day.
Big Hugs, Laura. xoxx

Healing Woman said...

Stephanie,

I very much appreciate having my "Healing Woman" featured on your post. Paper Art Dolls have become an addiction for me. If someone had told me a month ago that I would be creating paper dolls, I would have laughed. We never know where delving into different mediums will take us do we? I awake each morning excited to see what sort of new little person will be born. Have fun with your creations!

Cheers,
Cheryl~Healing Woman~

Nancy Gene Armstrong said...

Something magical happens when you make an art paper doll. You can't make just one. So glad you have found your way to the joy and fun. These are such lovely dolls you show.

Julia said...

Stephanie,

Thank you so much for featuring my paper doll. What a wonderful surprise and honour. I can't wait to see the results when you create a paper doll, I know you'll have lots of fun creating it. Thank you for making my weekend! Bless you xx :o)

Magpie said...

I find myself attracted to paper dolls also! Each one is so different and enchanting. They seem to take on a life of their own. Your selection is fabulous! I may have to try making one myself...

Tara Dillard said...

Paper dolls were a favorite as a girl. No surprise I grew up to adore collage art.

Met a woman, speaking on Fairie Gardens, in Tiger, GA, who did corn shuck (sp?) dolls. Each was a warrior woman. Fell in love with them too.

Incredible treat to have your post today. New art to investigate.

Garden & Be well, XO Tara

Christine Edwards said...

Great inspiration! It's been a while since I've done a paper doll...perhaps I should fix that.

Tolegranny said...

I love all the dolls you have featured. I'm a follower of many of the featured artists. Great collection.