Tag Archives: Dolls

Friday Mish-Mash 11/9

yesterday’s drawing taking shape – using Styrofoam cone as armature for now

paper bowl made ages ago atop scarf made this summer

My first ‘hombre’ attempt for classy kitty’s sweater

fabrics I adore – middle shibori from my vat; “tree” tie-dye wedge was a gift; edge wedge of pale blue a former silk work skirt from the 90’s

studio shot

studio – back table – goodies in more paper bowls I made

digital collage – sister, father, son

digital collage – father and gaga

digital collage – mother and gaga

studio shot – pink linen vest in progress

turtles woven in – may make large disk into a turtle, too

paper bowl – close up

impromptu linen draft shield for Jack, who slept in front of fireplace last night

Two silly links for you this week (oh so refreshing after election intensity):  baby otter finding its element and a possum eating a strawberry.

A photo of wings to inspire some stitchers:  Tullum beach scene.  Photo by Mario Valeira.

And some dynamic quilts : textile artist Pat Pauly.

Have a great weekend everyone!!


Two dolls in progress.  Place markers for heads.  One, punctured metal, letting light through.  One, a paper-pieced hexagon, letting light through.

Now it is dark.  A fire crackles in the next room.  A little snow is falling, but not much.

What would MY body look like if my head let more light through?

My new Abraham/Hicks disk arrived today – maybe I’ll find out!!

Studio Still Lifes and To Do’s

scene from bulletin board

scene from bulletin board

As I mentioned, I am cleaning the studio… before and after pix to come, but for now, some still lifes from bulletin board, fridge, and work tables…

I suppose each image provides a To Do List item with it — for the above?  Find original collage of “MYSTERY/BELOVED/FLOW/HERE” and transfer to fabric.  Query — where has the sex gone from my work?!!

Fridge montage

Fridge montage

TO DO Item for this picture — find collage series (there were six, I think) and go make color copies — play with scale and group together as originally intended.  Transfer better ones to fabric and stitch.

The actress shown is Pam Grier (she is riding a roller coaster), clipped from magazine after seeing and loving the movie she starred in along with Samuel L. Jackson —  Jackie Brown.

This collage had something to do with surrender and female power and fertility — I love the inclusion of a photo of little Danny (not part of the collage) taken at cousin Emily’s birthday party years ago, sitting astride a pony for the very first time, all aglow with the novelty and wonder of it…

pencil drawing

pencil drawing

To Do Item for this picture — start assembling fabrics for another elephant quilt.  I am not done with them yet!

The Queen is in the Shadow

The Queen is in the Shadow

To Do Item for this still life is not crafty so much as psychological — Get The Queen Out of The Shadow!!!!  That little drawing, done by me at around age eight, belongs in the light of day — don’t you agree?  Perhaps I should make a few tiaras… they could always go on a doll!

Joker and Archbishop

Joker and Archbishop

Joker needs a body;  Archbishop, forgiveness.

studio pals

studio pals

These guys, bless their little hearts, just ask to be appreciated!!

Blessings, Angels, and Re-alignments!


On the  LEFT, I’m pleased to introduce the Blessing Doll that just found its way into my life yesterday, when 2 friends and I drove to Amherst and then Greenfield to meet the artist, Terry Jenoure (more on that later).

The white head with waxed linen hair on the RIGHT used to live on the Angel’s body (MIDDLE), but I have recently given myself permission to consider a number of dolls ‘unfinished’ and re-work them.  Could be I just never went through that phase of de-facing my Barbie dolls as a girl… more likely, it is the artistic process of revision.


This head was a Dover copyright-free face that I printed onto fabric, gessoed, sandpapered and then drew on, not to good effect.  Here’s what the head looks like in its ‘pure’ version.


Reading  “Outliers” this weekend, and taking to heart the whole idea that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become a master at anything, I am viewing this head as a failed attempt at surface treatment. But! I have not given up on him, entirely, and why should I?  Look at him… he has some dignity, I believe, and deserves another chance.


Kitchen Angel

This Kitchen Angel’s vegetable-printed torso has been flopping around the studio for quite some time.  It looks good on the Primitive Man’s former olive, black and brown geometric base.  A shirt cuff, complete with button, wraps around her waist.  She will get those petals for wings, and her hands will be sewn, rather than pierced with a pin.  Her upper body features cabbages and peas, which make her ideal as a purveyor of things fresh and tasty in the kitchen!

I’m not sure she will ultimately be holding these objects, but for now there is a found rubber ring, a found smushed piece of tin, and a charm, that says, “Made with Love” on it.
Later, I will devote a post to our visit to the dollmaker in Greenfield, Terry Jenoure. But for now, I’ll leave you with this picture and I’m sure you can see why I wanted to take this “Blessing” home with me!

doll by Terry Jenoure

doll by Terry Jenoure