Saturday, 4 July 2009

Two challenge doll!

I've been taking part in Sharon B's Stitch Explorer Challenge. Find out all about it here. This month's stitch was needleweaving. I had a doll made up ready for embellishment, so I decided to use that. Then I found out about this and decided to join in. So I'm using the same doll for both challenges.

The brief for the second challenge is this:
your inspiration is the elements, and we challenge you to make an art doll using one, two, three, or all four of the elements as your inspiration.

My element is fire. We know fire in its devastating, destructive form. But in the right place, properly managed, it can promote regrowth and regeneration.

Here's what I've done with it so far:

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(I've already done some decorative hand stitching on the doll, added the faces and completed the needle weaving for the stitch explorer challenge.)

The flame coloured doll is the fire part - the small faces surrounded by leaves at the base are the regrowth, regeneration and hope for the future.

Here's a back view:

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a close-up of the face:

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and some of the hand stitched embellishment:

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She's fixed to a base made from a 'sandwich' of two felt-covered cds that same through the door as junk mail and she stands seven inches tall.

I'd really like to do some more elements, but I don't know if I will have time before the deadline.

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