Friday, December 24, 2010
Exploring Cage Dolls
I've been thinking about cage dolls ever since I saw the description of Leslie Molen's doll making class at the upcoming Artistic Figures in Cloth conference. Her doll is lovely and it references the Portugese and Spanish tradition of the Santos doll. The image of a cage doll seems archetypal. Perhaps it's a symbol of the things we keep within ourselves.
This cage doll is also in process. I wanted to think about different approaches to making a cage. This has a drum like quality to it. The interior will be developed into an elaborate six pointed compass rose. The torso of the doll is made from an armature wire and yarn basket technique. The armature wire makes the curly parts of the collar. The hat is just a lamp part. The theme of this doll is something about exploration.