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.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Darkness Stage One

Here she is. "Darkness Stage One" is her title. I think she represents the dark time in a life's journey. Sometimes we live on the dark side or we feel lost or we seem to be in a constant struggle. We seem to be in a place where the light does not shine.

Time and time again, I find myself alone and seemingly at the far end of a dark tunnel. But because I have been here before, I know this is how life teaches us perseverance and humility.
This doll represents the stage of darkness where hope is tugging at every step taken.

"Darkness Stage One" is on sale now at my Etsy store.
artdollsbynat.etsy.com

12 comments:

Pattee said...

Nat I just love her... and that hair is wonderful!
Pattee

Barb said...

very nice work, hope you are doing ok....Barb

Sonia ;) said...

Nat,

I love the the eyes or absence of the eyes.....Wow...girl your artistic ability to put emotion in into art is graceful...I love the absence of the eyes...once a again soothing and familiar.

Smiles,
Sonia ;)

Joanna Thomas said...

She is wonderful! And I LOVE her hair!
xoxox

Di said...

love all of your work, especially this one with her dark pools of mystery.wonderful hair. di

Sue said...

She is fabulous Nat! Very compelling and mysterious at the same time.

julie mitchell said...

Wow...Nat, darkness is right. I know the place you speak of very well...but as I get older, and a bit wiser, I'm also learning how to pull myself out of that dark place before it gets too comfortable...and you're right, it can be a great teacher...but one I hope to not deal with often.
hug, hug

Indigo said...

She's a wonderful doll. I completely grasped the description behind her. I've had quite a few of those places in my life. (Hugs)Indigo

Odddollz by Jacqui said...

She is beautiful Nat:)

HUGZ
Jacqui

Caroline said...

Love that face and hair :)

Moonfairys Dreamland said...

This is just amazing..... she is beautiful.

Bone*Head*Studios said...

I love this doll and the story with it.
Blessings,Flora