Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Altered Dolls

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Doll Chandelier photographed by Capt Joe 06 on Flickr
As the tv chefs say 'Here's one I prepared earlier'. Still moving pretty slowly here but improving and with that comes glimpses of the joie de vivre. The light of possibilities glimmers. Who knows what nice things will be just around the corner... Thank you again for your support. I'll be skipping by to visit with you soon. This post is for all those artists who take broken dolls and give them new life.

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Left to right: 1. Doll Letterhead Assemblage. I've misplaced the name of the Etsy artist who made this assemblage. Please let me know if you have any details. 2.The Dream Realm Necklace from Venus Soberanes 3.Freida of Freaks by Artsy 4.Fawn Gun Doll from Something Exceptional 5.Spyro Gyro from Rufus and Paco 6.Queen Bee Vintage Doll Assemblage from McKinzie Quinn 7.The Devil’s Advocate from The Pat Studio 8.Come Along Now from Urbandon 9. I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout from Lorelie Kay Designs 10.Gargoyle Doll (sold) by Suzan Buckner 11.Golden Thread by Ugly Art Dot Net 12.Madam Butterfly from Lauretta Creations

Below are a few photographs from the Hannah Series by German Photographer Geufel. What a doll!

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I'm reading The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder, an unusual worthwhile read...here's a few sentences...

'Do you know why most people just shuffle around the world without marvelling at everything they see?'

I shook my head.

'It's because the world has become a habit,' he said...'Nobody would believe in the world if they hadn't spent years getting used to it. We can study this in children. They are so impressed by everything they see around them that they can't believe their eyes. That's why they point here and there and ask about everything they lay their eyes on. It's different with us adults. We have seen everything so many times before that we take reality for granted.'


Dresden Dolls - The Sheep Song (footage Vertov and Ruttmann) from drakirr on Vimeo.

80 comments:

lyptis said...

I find those assembled dolls a bit creepy, but the pictures are nice.

That Geufel doll is quite, uhm, ..pretty!

lyptis said...

I just watched that video, its crazy!

U got a very distinct style Chrisy!

Rose said...

Hi Christy, Thanks for your comment on my blog...a tin collection sounds interesting :) the only thing is...i dont know where to put the two little house tins, so i think i better stop at two :) Isnt it tempting to start collections of lovely things? I quite often have to stop myself.

This post is another really interesting one! What an unusual video. And the lamp in the first picture is just amazing, ive never seen anything like it. As for dolls, i plan to try and make an art doll sometime soon, im sure it will be much harder that it looks.

Rose

Hey Harriet said...

I'm kind of with 'Lyptis' on altered dolls being a little creepy. But hey, I'm all for creepy! Another fascinating post Chrisy! Glad to hear that you're feeling a bit better. If I was a good cook I'd offer to make you some soup, but as I'm not a good cook it may make you feel worse. Instead, I'll send you some more hugs that I prepared earlier :D The Solitaire Mystery is a great book! Have you read Jostein Gaarder's Sophie's World? I'm guessing you have, but if you haven't, read that too! It's one of my all-time fave books. You be sure to continue resting and taking care of yourself xo

The Stapelia Company said...

Wow... dolls sure are creepy. I love them! Especially the one in that wheat field. It makes me want to write little narratives to explain how these dollies got into these situations. :)

studioJudith said...

I'm thinking these patched and pieced dolls must be a reflection of how you're feeling .. .
glad to hear you are on the mend :-)

jjjjJ

Snowbrush said...

"It's because the world has become a habit,'

Yes, that along with stress, responsibility, and health problems. I even see it in dogs as they age. Puppies are delighted by everything, but they lose that fascination a little more each year. To some extent, it's inevitable.

Splendid Little Stars said...

The dolls ARE rather creepy, yet fascinating. The photos of the doll in various places reminds me of the traveling gnomes (ala Amalie). The quote from Jostein Gaarder is wonderful! Now I will have to get that book!
Here's to improving health for you.
PS: Your posts are always such a treat! I thank you for sharing with us.

Meghann LittleStudio said...

How very cool! What great finds you always seem to capture.
I hope you get well soon :)

Kate8085 said...

I love the Golden Thread dolls.
Right up my alley.
Sending good vibes your way for better health!

grrl + dog said...

I LOVE doll stuff,they are so creepy!

Thanks for putting up a pic of the gorgeous one's work..he is on the bed next to me nodding and smiling.

parisapartment said...

What an incredible collection of photos. It's brilliant what everyone's doing with their unique doll sculptures. Each one has a fabulous sense of humor and is beautiful too.

Queen of Dreamsz said...

I really like the art dolls from the broken dolls. I keep passing by a basket of these old dolls at the antique shop..now I'm going back to get them! I have enough projects to last at least 100 years but hey..why not a few more..hehehehe

Drop by anytime,
Stephanie

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Though I hope you are feeling much better, you seem no worse for the wear - another post that is a work of art all its own! How long you must work to put these gorgeous pieces together for us and show us the world we have gotten too used to seeing in a whole different perspective. You are helping break the habit, my dear!

REread said...

dolls ... creepy

Sam said...

So glad you're picking up steam there Chrisy - we need your fabulous blog posts! These dollies - I am at once fascinated by them but also a little frightened of them! Not sure why!

Gabbi said...

Wonderful post, I love the doll art and the small excerpt from the book you're reading. It's very true.... I take so many beautiful things for granted. The video is also great, I love the vintage footage.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by my Studio post. I enjoyed the inspiration over here regarding using old doll parts. Now that's thinking outside the box!
Glad to read you're pulling out of a recent sickness.
M.L.

Lost in the Forest said...

The dolls are amazing! I have lots of bits of German? porcelain dolls that I've collected over the years...I surprisingly have never thought to make them into whole dolls!

I have awarded you the Lovely Blog Award...check my post for info
http://lost-in-the-forest.blogspot.com/2009/07/thanks-to-tobyboo-for-award-rules.html#links

edward and lilly said...

Another great post!

Polka Dot Rabbit said...

the chandelier is simply stunning! I've loved looking at all the doll art, just beautiful!

Jenn said...

I am so in love with that fabulous chandelier!!! wonderful doll images...thanks for sharing!! xox...jenn

Christine said...

I look at that chandelier and wonder why I didn't think of that! I love it! Thanks for sharing these altered dolls~I admire work that reminds one to think "outside the box" :)

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