I have been working hard on my craft since 2004, and I think I have a skill level that shows in my work. I am the do over queen and there are many heads without bodies to suggest that these mistakes drive me to the perfect end. The finished doll always seems to lead to the next doll, one is born out of another. This is why I love making dolls. It is the air I breathe and pretty much defines me. I am a doll maker.

This may sound strange but these bodiless heads and headless bodies speak to me. I have control over the parts and pieces individually, but the position involved in the connection is revealed at the moment the pieces touch one another for the first time. The head moves me to sew it in a certain pose, same with the hands and arms. The whole doll forms itself to be expressive according to its idea of itself.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

"The Head of Anne Boleyn" by Nat

Our Art Dolls Only or ADO challenge was to create an art doll inspired by a character from Shakespeare. I chose Anne Boleyn from Henry VIII. Here we have the finished piece. "The Head of Anne Boleyn". Check out the previous postings to see her progress.

The steps in my doll construction can be all over the place. I go back and forth. I felt it important to make the French hood as one of my first steps. With the French hood on her head I knew that I wanted to keep Anne's eyes closed. I wanted her to appear to be in deep thought. I wanted dark shading on her features. I can't imagine that anyone who stood near Henry VIII was ever content and secure in their emotions.

I believe this costuming would be before Anne Boleyn was Queen. I wonder if at this point Anne could have walked away from Henry VIII. Once entangled in the love affair could she have changed her mind and lived? Probably not. Once she made the ultimatum "Queen or Nothing" she was doomed.

Anne Boleyn is a true historical figure. She married Henry VIII in 1533. Queen Anne gave birth to the future Queen of England, Elizabeth and just three years later Anne Boleyn was found guilty of adultery, treason and incest. Anne would lose her head in 1536.

Anne Boleyn deserved much better........................

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Sue said...

Nat, I really like her! You did a fabulous job on her costume and the necklace adds that finishing touch. Like the darker shading on her face too! Well done!

missknits said...

wow i am blown away! amazing work! truly!

Flor Larios Art said...

Amazing doll, very well done, lots of nice details I see...

ps.Come to my blog I am having an art box giveaway...see you there!

Indigo said...

I'm loving the dark shading on this doll head. You did a fabulous job. It makes sense to make her quiet, a bit dark as her story was in life. (Hugs)Indigo

Chicken Lips said...

She is amazing! The details really make her something special.

SpiritMama said...

She is really, really awesome, Nat, I love your style!

José said...


Those were the times when women still had their eyes "closed" :-)

Kind regards,