Monday, January 21, 2008

Progress Notes on Take It Forward Challenge - January week 4

The face and flower petals are just laid on here - not yet attached. The petals were going to be just plain wool --- but seemed to be lacking and not saying enough - so am trying lines of clear glass beads, first on inner petals and possibly on the larger back petals, not sure yet.

Also had not planned any arms, yet at this stage, seems to need them. So am thinking of how to add some vine-like arms or limb like arms. Probably will either felt over a wire or wrap a wire with yarn and shape. Possibly some curled yarn. Will see how it develops.

To refresh a bit - the concept challenge was to create a work showing who we admire. My personal take on this was to create a doll showing the core qualities in the women, past and present whom I admire. That boiled down to: a female figure that is nurturing, caring about others, actively doing good; with very clear self, able to persue own dreams, flexible, true to themselves (integrity, honesty, ethical).

So a woman who does not loose herself in giving, yet gives even more and cares tremendously about others because she has a strong inner core.

I doubt anyone else will immediately see all of that in this doll, not sure I do either. But the goal is to try it. So am going there.

This is the back - beading complete.


Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Thought provoking art. The tension of nurturing others yet not giving oneself totally away is a hard nut to crack. Balance is always an issue for us women who love our families and friends, yet have creative urges as well.

The bead work is beautiful, and the leaves made me think of Eve.

Weaver said...


PhantomMinuet said...

Looks pretty amazing to me. :-)

Knitted Gems said...

This is coming out beautifully. I love all the beadwork and the flower face is wonderful to look at.

Glorious Hats said...

So appreciate everyones kind words. You are all really helping me stay with this project and not give up. Hugs to all of YOU!

Barbara Hagerty said...

I left a comment on your flickr which I will reapeat here: I love, love, love this doll!! Truly an artistic rendering with gorgeous materials. Bravo!