It’s been a while since I last posted on this blog!! I have plans on posting more on a regular basis. I have been working on some new work and hopefully I will have it posted this coming week. The Indian Maiden and Child is a doll I created a few years back. She is made from wood, leather, horse hair, various fabrics, feathers, and beads. She measures about 10″ in height.
I had posted earlier pics of some proto type Indian dolls I had been working on. Here is the finished product. She stands about 6.5″x2.5″ and is created out wood, feathers, leather, horse hair, clay, & various fabrics. She has a more contemporary feel because of the way she is created. The front bodice of her dress is hand painted with designs.
I decided to make a smaller and affordable line of Indian Dolls. They measure 5.5″ – 6″ in height. They are the miniature version of the large dolls. All the same material are used: horsehair, leathers, feathers, blanket material, beads, fabrics, and wood.
Indian warrior ornments measure about 5″ in height. Imitation brain tan leather has been painted and handsewn to create one-of-a-kind ornaments. Hair is out of horse hair and wrapped with leather wraps.
For sale in my Etsy store.
This is a larger version of the ornaments in the previous entry. She measures about 9″ tall. Again the leather used here is imitation brain tan leather. Very easy to bead with! The hair on this doll is mohair instead of using fibers. She was created about two years ago and I haven’t really done any beading lately mostly because I am so busy experimenting in creating dolls with other materials and techniques.
These two Native American Indian Doll Ornaments have some beading on the front. I originally designed and created these dolls a few years back and really loved the way they came out. The outfits are of imitation brain tan leather and they have been painted, as well as beaded. The male warrior has hair out of horsehair and a leather wrap on his head. The Indian maiden has hair out of fibers. I will alternate her hair with horsehair, mohair, of fibers. Just depends which material is on hand at the time.
Most of my Indian dolls have no faces because I would like the viewer to create their own story and connect with the dolls on a more personal level. I’ve had many people who have purchased my dolls tell me that they chose a particular doll because it spoke to them on some spiritual level.
People always ask what tribe do they represent? These dolls don’t represent any particular tribe, they represent all Native Americans.
Little by little I have been working on some Native American Indian Dolls for a few galleries as well as some shows I have coming up in the early Fall. I would like to offer original prints this year for two of my shows, so I need to get cracking on those. When things get a little mundane making these dolls, I switch over to working with assemblages and mixed media art for a short time.