Saturday, February 6, 2010

Team Boneca Is Off and Running with TDP Come and See!

The Traveling Doll Project on ADO is off to a great start!  WOW!  If you love art dolls and want to see some AMAZING (understated) work, you need to take a look at this link. I am on two teams but I will introduce you first to the team that is currently featured:  Team Boneca with Jacqui of Odddollz and Bari of Baris Fairies.  Each artist starts their doll anyway they wish - headless, head only, dressed, naked - well, you get the picture.  Oh - here are some pictures....

 I started out with this leather skirt that I finally came to grips with the fact that it was not going to fit me again...ever!

Hmmmm....this cage has been sitting on my workbench just waiting for a special project

I love all kinds of trim. I had this really, cool clasp that I had been wanting to use and since I wanted to make everything removable so my partners could work more easily with my doll, this worked perfectly! The trim has beads attached and then I added some feathers - could be used for wings, too....

Add the trim to the torso, the torso to the cage and now the doll awaits her face and hands; and with Jacqui and Bari's excellent sculpting skills, I am sure this doll is going to be EXCEPTIONAL!

I left wire exposed from the head and the arms so they could add their clay to the doll.  Not sure how any of that works - I have only worked with cloth.  I guess I figured they would sculpt the head/hands and poke a hole through the clay before they baked them so they could then slip on the wire I left exposed.  STOP LAUGHING CLAY ARTISTS!!  I don't know how it is done - I was guessing. 

Here is the package that was shipped first to Jacqui in Canada.  Our journals were to represent "a direction" for the doll to take but I really had no set path.  I had been "obsessed" with the song "Mad World" (Tears for Fears) after I had hear Adam Lambert's version.  It was such a sad song but his voice and the music is so beautiful at the same time.  It just struck a cord with me that people (teens especially) are so obessessed with looking a certain way, trying to "fit in" to what their peers consider "cool" and how many are ignored, outcast without anyone seeing what is on the inside - which is what really counts, don't you think?  In my high school years it was Janis Ian's song "At Seventeen". 

I learned the truth at seventeen
That love was meant for beauty queens
and high school girls with clear skinned smiles
who married young and then retired
The valentines I never knew
The Friday night charades of youth
were spent on one more beautiful
At seventeen I learned the truth...

Still relevant today....sad but true.  ANYWAY....I guess it was appropriate that I sent my doll off into the world without a face - I will love the face I see when she is returned to me.

Now take a look at Jacqui's started doll. She said Ginny was a bit nervous but was reassured by Jacqui  that all would be well on her travels.She is such a sweet pea AND she  DOES look nervous!  How do you do what you do Jacqui???

She is so sweet!  I so look forward to her arrival in Michigan.  She will be treated quite nicely and handled with loving care!

Bari's doll is, well I do believe that is left up to Jacqui and I to determine (which is one of the exciting aspects of this Traveling Doll Project!).
In Wynn's words:
"Well, this is certainly awkward...I’m naked and apparently quite bald. For that matter I’m not entirely certain of my gender. When I expressed my concerns to the woman I’ve been staying with, she said ‘all things come with time’, and left me in her guest room to entertain myself..."

It does bare repeating:  fantastic work!  I am in awe of my Team Boneca partners!  This doll certainly leaves the door open for so many possiblities..."If you did all the things in life you were truly capable of, you would astound yourself" (Thomas Edison)


  1. OMG....leather skirt stories! Had one the same; worn to concerts. When it was to the point I could only get ONE THIGH in the top, I cut it up......sniff! blubber!
    I love the texture of your skirt, and what is going on with the cage and feathers. Am anxiously anticipating more! :)
    (and I don't know I could have cut that skirt....)


  2. This isn't the first time I've looked ay one of the first stage dolls this year and thought: "Wow, that's beautiful just as it is". Your cage torso doesn't need anything else!

    All the dolls from this team are amazing :o)

  3. Wow! These are incredible! My Rayne is SO lucky to be coming your way :)

  4. What a fabulous trade you and your group are doing! These will be fantastic treasures once they are finished. Not to influence your work but that last doll, Bari's doll, looks like a singer songwriter I like, Chris Smither, ha ha!only in the face. thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment, I answered your question about alcohol inks in my comments. Your post talking about Janis Ian is interesting. it dates you and dates me too as my own high school Janis Ian song was Societies Child, her first big hit. Another teenage angst song. Anyway, I will be back to see future progress on these dolls.

  5. I agree, the cage torso is a work of art all by itself!

    I've had a pair of my mother's gloves for over 20 years . . . I cut into them last year and made a memory trunk. I too have some leather skirts I'll NEVER get into again!


  6. I put a picture of my bowling ball colored with alcohol ink on my blog today in case you want to see it.

  7. Agreed -- doesn't need a single other thing. But bet it will get a lot of things! Can't wait to see!

  8. This idea is so interesting. I also have forest green leather pants, which I will never get into again. I'm not sure if I can cut them up yet, but can see some wonderful doll outfits in the future!

  9. Deena, are you on FaceBook?
    My ISP has been a pip when trying to send e-mails; big issues.
    If you are, send me a friend request and we can communicate there. It should work on dial up.


  10. This is so cool, really interesting stuff :-)