I recently was part of a swap that was so in keeping with me, I just had to join. It was the Spirit doll swap, as I explained to the organiser - spirit dolls, or as I call them Incentive dolls or wish dolls are something that I make often with clients (im a psychotherapist). The making of a doll can be a deeply moving experience as you are making a human form and will, inevitably project qualities of yourself on to it.
I really enjoyed making the spirit dolls I've shown here, - when I make one, I sit with the person for whom I am making it in mind. And as I work, the doll seems to take on its own personality.
Im not going to name who I made them for, as the wishes or incentives that they wanted are personal to them.
This first pair, were for someone who wanted to hold both life and death - beginnings and endings, in equal balance.
I finished the "life" piece quite easily, but as I began to form the "death" piece, it literally fell apart on me - PROCESS me thinks !!, yet instead of giving up - I "let go" of my intended form and allowed it to become. What it taught me, is that death itself has so much to do with "letting go". The space it created in falling apart a little enabled me to hang earth found objects that had "let go".
The next wish doll was for someone who's health has been something shes had to fight for, she wished for strength, and for healing and had an affiliation with turtles and the sea.
As I set about forming this doll, I also had the feeling that this doll would need to "let go" a little and so she too had an hollow bottom. This enabled me to hang from it wrapped sea glass.
For me this doll has so many hidden meanings - its colour - turquoise, represents hope. The back of the doll carries a reiki sign for strength using stitching and a spiral metal charm and also I think looks like a turtle shell. The sea glass, tumbling beneath her reminds me of how those pieces of glass have to shatter and break, then survive the tumbling of the sea before they re-remerge as the most beautiful pieces of treasure. Much like life me thinks !
Ok last set ( I promise - way too many photos but I had to share)
And these are not felted, but made using eco and upcycled fibres, as my receiver is a vegan. She has a daughter and they live very in keeping with my own family, respecting the seasons and festivals. I wanted to make her some spirit dolls that would nestle upon her alter, and so I made her a mother earth and sister moon set of dolls. These are made from old towels, old silk scarves, a little bit of fimo and finally wrapped with nettle yarn and adorned with a metal tag.
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