Friday, July 16, 2010


"Birdsong" - She keeps the caged bird company in the hope that she will learn how to whistle.

Ever since childhood I have wanted to be able to whistle - sadly that gene was left out of my DNA!  And so I hum, but certainly wish I could 'whistle a happy tune' once in awhile. 

Birdsong brought several 'firsts' for me.  The embroidered face and using non-encrusted beaded embroidery were new to me.  Both of them presented their very own challenges and I have to say I learned a lot. 

My current goal for art doll figures is to make each one with a 'stage' in mind.  This cage, seemed from first sight to be the perfect place for an art doll. 

The actual placement hanging wasn't quite as seamless as I would have hoped but again, that's part of the learning process.  Without a few challenges I'd soon get bored.

Because I didn't utilize encrusted beading I was able to make this art doll a bit larger than past figures.  I'm also experimenting with limbs, which I didn't utilize in my encrusted beading. 

I wouldn't be surprised to walk into my studio any day now, and hear the sound of a soft whistle coming from the cage in the corner of my studio.

"I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance". - e.e. cummings


  1. She's charming and what a unique setting! I love the old fashioned faces you're using too. There will be more, right?

  2. Oh yeah - I've got two more in the works right now!

  3. Hi Penny, Good to see you today during STUDIO TOUR. Love your new work. And now I've been on your blog - very nice. Andrea



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