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Inspiration

She is complete!

I finished my first punky doll today! My husband had a photography shoot so I had the afternoon to myself. At first I wasn’t sure how I would spend the afternoon, but then I got out this project I had been working on. This doll has been a couple of months in the making! My mother-in-law used to make dolls, and I never thought I would want to make them myself. But then a couple of years ago I did an exercise in Julia Cameron’s book, “The Vein of Gold”, where you make a creativity doll. That experiment was very simple, a basic rectangle shape.

This time around I started with a bit of patchwork that I created a while back. I took scissors and free form cut out the shapes that would make the doll. That is why the legs aren’t exactly the same size, there was no pattern or measuring involved. I’m really happy with how she turned out! And I was so surprised to find that the whole process was very creative indeed.

WIP

WIP

Partway through I tried to figure out the styling for the doll. I don’t have much experience with making clothing from scratch, so I knew that the outfit would have to be rather simplistic. So I asked my friends on facebook how they thought the doll should be styled. One of my Buddhist friends suggested that I make the doll punk, and I absolutely loved the idea!

All in all this project was so much fun! Now I can’t wait to try it again.

“Mel”, a punk doll by Kathryn Sturges

“Mel”, a punk doll by Kathryn Sturges

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