March 20, 2011

Collections - My Dolls

A "family portrait" of my assemblage dolls. (l to r: Elgin, Maggie, Pretty in Pink, Ginger, and Push Me/Pull Me

I have always been fascinated by assemblage or altered dolls so when I read Linda and Opie O'Brien's book, Who's Your DaDa - Redefining The Doll Through Mixed Media sometime ago I was hooked. I knew I had to start making my own! 

When I set out to make one of my dolls I start with a loose idea of what I'd like to create usually by looking over the various parts and pieces I have in my bins. (My goal is to use what I have on hand without going out to buy something to create a doll. I'm usually successful with this but not always....) Then I let the "personality" of a doll show itself....and go from there. 

Here are some close up shots of each of the dolls....

Elgin
Maggie

Pretty In Pink

Ginger
Push Me/Pull Me
I've not made a new doll lately, Maggie being the last. But I do have a couple of ideas and the parts and pieces for a couple of new members to the family. Stop by my blog from time to time 'cause I'll make sure to show you what's up!

There are many more wonderful collections on display today over at Seth Apter's blog, The Altered Page. Take some time to enjoy these at:  Collectors Edition: Chapter 12

11 comments:

Parabolic Muse said...

These are so groovy I can hardly stand it! I have wanted to read the O'Briens's book for a long time. I'm not really a 'builder' of things, but today, I found myself just swimming in the book Beyond Paper Dolls, and thinking, isn't it about time I made something like this? I love Maggie! I'm off to check out her story.

Thank you for sharing!

Frances via il*mostro said...

Niiiiiiiice!! I love maggie and ginger! Its so exciting when they all start to take on their own personalities!! so many times u start off with a vision and they suddenly detour you on their own :)

Kris said...

Your dolls are great! Is there anything you have not used on your dolls? Cool objects!!

Bill said...

An awesome family of art dolls! It looks like the perfect family to me.

jen said...

what fun! those are great!

amyd said...

I too am a big fan of using what I have at hand to create - your dolls are great - so creative - and thanks for stopping by my blog - appreciate the support!
amy of four corners design

Dave said...

To everyone ~ thanks for the compliments on the dolls. I sold Maggie's sister sometime ago...and it was like losing a part of the family! I decided then that I couldn't sell any of the others! Your comments have got me fired up to make some more!!

Jill Zaheer said...

Great time of year to enlarge your family! Love these creative one of a kind altered dolls. They are all so engaging- and so glad you showed each of the dolls enlarged so I can see all of the details of the materials you've used! Each doll has such a fun spirit, clever and so filled with personality. Thanks for sharing these wonderful works of art! What a great collection to have!

Dave said...

@ Jill ~ thanks for the compliments! I'll make sure to share these with the "family"! I do need to make some more...it's been a while...just waiting to get into the proper mood!!

Dayna Collins said...

Your dolls are magical! So much personality, such a great way to reuse "stuff."

Dave said...

Thanks, Dayna! My dolls keep blushing with all these compliments!!