“A Global Garden” was created in the spirit of international sisterhood—for ourselves and our planet. Six kokeshi/matryoshka-inspired type cloth dolls smile at the world in a display of international friendship and creativity.
I used pencil to draw the doll shapes on unbleached muslin. Using Lumiere paints (first discovered at Create! in Chicago at Melanie Testa’s workshop), I painted bodies and faces. Once dry, I used three sizes of the flower stencil to mask and/or stencil designs on each of six doll shapes (three 7”-8” tall; three 4.5”-5.5”tall), again using Lumiere paints.
I embellished the painted panels with embroidered faces, beads, and permanent marker. I ironed fusible mid-weight interfacing to the doll panels and the fabric I’d chosen to back each doll. With right sides together, I stitched around each doll shape and backing, leaving the bottom open to stuff with unbleached wool roving. The last step was to finish the bases with ovals made of cardboard, glue and fabric.
These figures are fun to make, and I can imagine a variety of interpretations. I’m sure I’ll this type of doll will continue to grow and multiply in my garden of dolls and figures. Thanks for providing the inspiration!