Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Few Art Spirit Dolls

I have discovered that I really enjoy creating art spirit dolls. Above is a close-up of Luna Blue Dancer, a healing doll made for an amazing swap last year. More of her in a bit... here are a some photos of some of my other, earlier (and experimental!) efforts.

This is a little zaftig 'pocket goddess' named Joy:

Joy is about 4" tall and was created for one of the first swaps I participated in. Such a fun-loving little spirit, Joy was a delight to create.

Next is a paper doll, but not in the traditional sense. Entitled "Soul of a Writer" she's made with brown craft paper that has been painted and stamped, and then rolled, glued, embellished, painted some more...

She has her own little book and, as you can see, holds yet another crumpled draft in her hand even as the words continue to spew from her head. A writer writes because she must...

Here we have Gypsy Soul. Gypsy is one of my favorites – she holds so many little treasures. She was also created for a swap.

Gypsy "embodies all of Nature, from her leafy charms to the branches she has gathered. Her beaded embellishments represent the seeds of creation. She honors each of these elements within her life." (excerpt from her booklet)

She even has her own teeny tiny Tarot cards: The Sun, The Moon, The Star and The World. Gypsy spoke a lot during her 'becoming' – she was quite clear about what she wanted!

It is impossible to imagine a more complete fusion with Nature than that of the Gypsy.
~Franz Liszt

As promised, more pictures of Luna Blue Dancer...

From her journal:

I am your healing Moon Sister, Luna Blue Dancer. I am the soul of your emotional well-being. I am here to remind you to honor your divine feminine being-ness and to free your deepest emotional Self through all things creative. The seed of all healing lies within the Heart.

The path to healing lies within the Soul.

Luna is embellished with mother-of-pearl and amethyst stars, and wears a necklace of moonstone and lapis lazuli, which also doubles as a bracelet for her earthly Sister. Luna's creation was a slow and peaceful process and it was hard to part with her when she was completed! Ah, but she went on to the home she was meant for all along...

I am currently gathering stuff and things and such for a recycled doll exchange. I love the process – the path that creating a doll leads leads me along and I'm getting anxious to start on this new one. I can feeeel her tugging at me...


  1. Hi Deb,
    You have an awesome blog. I love, love, love your spirit dolls... and everything else! Just lovely, all of it!

  2. Hi Deb,

    You said, " I have discovered that I really enjoy creating art spirit dolls."...and you do it so well..they are definitely "spirited" out!...bringing these spirits-in-waiting into being is addictive! enjoy, julie

  3. Julie, thank you for the kind compliments. I do love the process, seeing how each evolves with their own distinct personality. One day, I hope to do it as well as you! ;)