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:
My partner is Justiss, of Down the Rabbit Hole,
so I emphasized this in my collage:
(click on any image to enlarge)
I spilled the letter 'J' down the front of the skirt.
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.
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".
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.