About the work: Along a chequered path, meeting up with all kinds of unusual beings, and at every twist and turn, Alice’s flexibility is challenged as she faces change. She has to run the gamut of critical flowers, gets confused about which direction to go in, and ends up taking advice from a caterpillar beginning it’s own process of metamorphosis. Along the way, she meets bullyboys who like to argue over little things, but never contradict each other; she follows a neurotic rabbit and has to deal with queens! Nothing stays the same!
Meanwhile in the palace the competition for the best Marie Antoinette look-alike is hotting up!
This bevy of beauties are the result of a workshop we had in the last few weeks. Some have made more than one and they have been having the best time with with them!Each one is a little work of art and they are all thrilled with the way they have turned out and the skills they have learned! I am rapt!
The ladies have decided they want to use them as a fund-raiser for breast cancer and soon they will be displayed in our local hairdressers shop! One of the dolls was made by the owner! Hope you like them!
I have been busy since January, making this series of Alice In Wonderland dolls. These ones are for an Exhibition to be held here in March, where others will be exhibiting textiles like weaving and wool art, but as this years celebrations are all about Wonderland, I thought to begin this way, and carry on throughout the year making characters, to see how it all looks by the end of the year!
The hardest thing to make was the chequered path, as I am no quilter! So this is a compromise. It LOOKS like it's quilted, but it's just woven!
My idea with this lot is that we are all on this chequered path, with some weird characters, trying to discover who we are and to find our way in life. We have to run the gamut of criticism from nay-sayers, like the snooty flowers in the night garden,
Sometimes we are all anxious and jumpy, like the rabbit.
We meet bully boys, like the Tweedle Boys on the way.
And we often have to deal with autocratic Queens!
I wanted to make the Cheshire cat, because he was the only friendly character Alice met in Wonderland and always left her with a smile! I will get it done at some stage. meanwhile, I'm redoing Alice a little bigger, because people don't notice her when she's so small! That's like life too! LOL!
The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our soul!
This is a subject under discussion amongst different groups I belong to lately and many things keep cropping up to remind us - what is soul. The land and how we steward it, music, writing, film, even dollmaking - we are drawn to this creative outlet in order to deal well with the things of life and in doing so we stay sane and clear our soul.