The project at right that I am calling "13:13" was photographed by the speedy and talented Walter Kirk at Winward Photography. (Click on the image for a larger view.) I am submitting it to a juried book and hoping that the patron saint of art dolls smiles on me. Does that face look familiar? It should, the same face was the subject of today's tile. Here's a quiz: any guesses as to what the 13s signify?
I started this project after devouring Lynn Perrella’s Beyond Paper Dolls. I was especially inspired by Laurie Mika’s doll – we’ve since become cyber pals. Laurie was so gracious and encouraging that I was compelled to give the paper sculpture thing a shot. It's my first effort, but I am anxious to do more.
The body is Paper Mache finished to resemble rusted metal. I made the armature from a decorative wire mannequin dress form with a cut up shirt box stapled around the waist in a cone to shape the skirt. The head was made separately over a ceramic egg and then attached to the body.
The doll’s main face image is scanned from a cabinet card my neighbor bought at an estate sale in the UK. (She let me scan a whole box of such treasures!) There are actually three faces: one in the lens in her hand, another in a wreath on the branch, and the main oval face on the head. If you look closely you will see that her hat says “Elpeezo” in Greek which translates to “I hope.” The hat-thingy is finished in an iridescent green to play off the same in the turkey feather wings and the egg. The epaulets on her shoulders are two pennies with crosses punched out of their centers.
Back to work, school, and overall reality tomorrow. We'll see how this resolution holds up when life restarts at dark-thirty tomorrow morning. Anyone else going to jump in and do this 2007 thing with me? I think the judges would grandfather you in if you act fast.