After my first assemblage I Ieave these carefully crafted piles on the table and walk away to return the next morning. In the early morning - even before getting out of bed - I realize that in some cases I might have been swayed by the fabric itself and ignored the general, overall design of this series of dolls.
These dolls are meant to be 'whimsical', 'simple', 'humble' and somewhat 'vintage'. I want them to speak for themselves. As I look at some of the piles of fabric that I had laid out the day before I realized that some of my choices would present a 'mixed-message'. Hmmm -- this is not something that had occurred to me before.
Looking at other doll maker's dolls - I am drawn to the designers that are always 'true to their design'. Dolls tell a story - they can't help it - and if I want to tell my story I must carefully practice continuity. So - its back to the drawing board - or at least to the fabric stash - to look for the 'just right' pieces that will do the job, carefully keeping in mind my dream.
"Identity in the form of continuity of personality is an extremely important characteristic of the individual." - Kenneth L. Pike