Monday, August 06, 2007

Art Doll Hat

Yay, I finally finished my Art Hat Doll Art Doll Hat
(I always get that backwards).
The doll was made as part of a swap.
The swap was organized by Crafting by Candlelight.
It is based on class instructions posted on the Art Chix Studio website (a site that sells collage supplies).

I've never made anything quite like this before.
The instructions say this is should take an hour to make.

In Barb lingo, that comes down to several days.

We were supposed to use an image of a woman, including her arms.
We could use clipart from Art Chix, or other sources.
I decided to use a copy of one of my own family photos.

The top half of the lady was then inserted into a birthday hat (or you could make your own cone), and she was 'dressed'.
Usually participants used fabric or three dimensional paper, but because my swap partner seems to be mostly a paper crafter, I decided to collage her skirt rather than 'dress' her with fabric.
(see other examples in the group pool of photos on Flickr)

This is what I came up with:
Art Hat Doll for Justiss

My partner is Justiss, of Down the Rabbit Hole,
so I emphasized this in my collage:
Art Hat Doll detail(click on any image to enlarge)

I spilled the letter 'J' down the front of the skirt.
Art Hat Doll front detail
The raven shape is for her love of Poe.
The shape is defined by words like resolutions, intentions, believe, expressions...

I went through her archives and pulled out phrases, interests, etc
So her doll is completely personalized.

She seems quite introspective, and is always seeking to better herself.
I took motivational phrases straight out of her blog and wrote them out on star shapes, then attached these to wire so they had a BOING!, sort-of in-your-face good energy thing going.
I wasn't sure at first if I was going to attach the wire to her head or her skirt...
then I ended up with a handful of inspirational balloons.
"Be Not Afraid", Live More Artfully, Make Art Daily, Give Yourself Permission To Be Who You Are".

One of the arms of my lady was cut off in the photo, but that was okay--
I just added a doll's arm there!
I thought that was a fun solution.

The hat is a google image of a radio.
Art Hat Doll face detail
Um, because she's likes Radiohead.
The pink glitter is a nod to Ziggy Stardust.

The cape is organza that I hand-stitched with silver thread.
It is printed with lyrics to the Beatles' "In My Life".

Art Hat Doll back
The ribbon is from a package a sweater came in--it says "pure cashmere".
I love using fabrics and paper with words, and it's applicable for someone who loves journaling.

I had so much fun making this.
I hope she's pleased.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Must Create This Thing You Call An Art Hat Doll.

I love the words, the textures, the colors - and that face! I will make one of my very own. I MUST.

10:41 PM  
Blogger HippieDog said...

Wow Barb!! This is amazing!! I love it, love it!! Very creative and of my favorites!!

12:06 AM  
Blogger Sue Bleiweiss said...

Barb this is terrific!

4:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's lovely!

6:40 AM  
Blogger deb said...

Oh I love her! I recently discovered Artchix too! Love the organza with words.

9:42 AM  
Blogger LauraK said...

Oh Barb this is fabulous! I love the "radio head..." hee. Can't wait to see you next week.

10:08 AM  
Blogger sharon said...

great job Barb, it would have taken me weeks.

5:25 PM  
Blogger Very Mary said...

Really, that is just great! And, as a paper crafter, I must admit that I would much prefer the collage-style skirt to fabric or lace - SPOT ON!

7:28 AM  
Blogger Jennifer W. said...

Totally awesome! So many wonderful elements! You have such a knack for pulling together pieces for projects like this...

6:39 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Wow. The level of detail on that is amazing. Very cool.

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh. my. god. I LOVE IT! How fun is that? You did an awesome job Barb and deserve an extra high and squeaky...YOU!


10:34 PM  

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