My first foray into doll-making. I have needed to create this magic(k)al piece for the purpose of protection and manifestation of creative will. Hand-sewn and hand-painted, with a homemade velvet skirt and golden-threaded neckpiece. Yet to be fulfilled is a proper home with talismans to protect she and I while sleeping, and proper disguises for nighttime travels. There are always projects to distract me from completion, so in the meantime she remains in my cabinet of curiosities, next to a small bundle of bay leaves sent from overseas to protect one in dreams.
I baked this black panther mask of clay, since sprayed with a gloss finish and awaiting proper finishing touches. It is a bit heavy for the doll, so I am having a bit of a hard time problem-solving. I will surely share photos as the project progresses.
I have been in want of a space set for tarot meditation, as certain cards have themes and symbols that require my attention, so I decided to set about creating some proper shrines. The first I created is at top, which ended up donning a pattern that reminds me of both Latin American and Russian folk art. (I'm quite fond of both.) The card in this case is simply attached with some putty...not very sophisticated, but perfectly utilitarian. It will probably end up in my Etsy shop! The second was made for a dear friend's birthday, and is decorated with small clay roses which I molded and baked in my oven, finished with a spray of gloss. The crystals in this case are both decorative and utilitarian, securing the chosen tarot card by cinching it to the wood.
More to come, surely, as I adore the craft of these small sacred spaces.