Tuesday, August 23, 2011


I made a doll about a year ago.  I was a participant in a group show where 21 artists were given a 16 inch wooden doll form that we could make a doll out of.  There were no criteria other than the end result had to be a figure of some sort.  We could take it apart, burn it, nail it, wrap it-whatever we were moved to do.  I found that I really liked the process. I liked the small and some not so small challenges it presented.  I also learned that having deadlines is a good thing!  The doll I made is actually my profile picture on this blog.

In light of the fact that I really liked it, I decided to make another doll.  That was about 6 months ago.  The pics below show how far I've gotten.  And that would be not very far.  So I thought if I took some pictures and posted them it might motivate me to continue to work on it.  Below are my pictures. Again, my cheap-o camera doesn't really get the detail, but the general form is there.  This is a bird-child.  Or maybe a child that is also a bird.  My childhood was pretty challenging for me and I had difficulty in figuring out just who I was and what my place in the world was.  This doll-figure is meant to express the confusion of that experience.

As I make progress on it I will update the photos here.  This is, I believe, Day 6 or 7.  I can't seem to keep track of where I am on this 30-day project. (That may be the side effect of age-boo!) But I am taking pictures and following through with my commitment!

As you can see there is still alot to do-so keep checking!

Find something to be grateful for in your day!

Peace- Irene


  1. Hi, Irene! I am your newest fan from Brevard. I love your profile doll-wish I could see a bigger picture of it. Your bird doll will come along. Right now her posture seems to say she is a little sad. I hope that is not so!! Happy to follow your progress!

  2. Thank you Elizabeth! I'll try to get a bigger pic of the doll. If you happen to be in Asheville, she's actually at the Satellite Gallery. It's not on display, but if you ask Bill, he'll show it to you! Thanks for being a fan! I have enjoyed reading your blogs and will continue to do so!