Miss Clara Scarlett, Assemblage Art Doll

Meet Miss Clara Scarlett, her beginnings were quite humble.  She began life as a half bird cage and a vintage doll.  The two were combined to create the base of this piece.   The cage was wrapped in shredded painters canvas to create her "hoop skirt"  Clara Scarlett is the most Southern of Belle's and "She Dreams of Dancing" as proclaimed on the buttoned banner of her hoop skirt.  She dreams of a hat to match the mesmerizing shade of her eyes, which is made of a silk flower, hand dyed paper petals, a golden button, various trims, and a feather for flourish.

She dreams of a custom made gown with a fitted bodice and billowing skirt.  Her bodice is collage vintage sheet music with notes and scales to match her eyes, trimmed out in tulle, ribbon rosettes, and aged satin ribbon cumber bun topped off with a taupe and gold button.  Her skirt is filled with frothy layers of burlap, tulle, vintage laces, hand tinted gathered painters canvas ribbon furls, cheese cloth, wired jute, and coffee filter ruffles.  Embellishments include white satin leaves and tiny handmade aper roses with pearl bead centers and vintage velvet trim.

She dreams of her first pair of handmade dancing slippers ordered all the way from Snyder Brothers in New York, dealers in boots, shoes, and slippers.  The inside of the paper mache shoe box is covered in a gold print tissue paper with a glittered label on the lid.  Inside rests a handmade dancing slipper fashioned from cloth, paper, and trims.

She dreams of wearing her great grandmother's pearls.  A strand of vintage pearls entwines itself around the vignette interior.  She dreams of her first calling cards with her name inscribed in a scrolling script, a copy of which is collaged to the back of the interior.

She dreams of receiving her very first rose, represented in the ceramic rose resting in the perfume bottle on the tiny mirrored stand.  She dreams of pinning the rose in her hair, as depicted in the lace framed dancing couple, its scent wafting around her as she swirls around the dance floor while wrapped in the arms of her beloved.

She dreams of being a princess on a pedestal for one enchanted evening, she does have a shabby chic white iron pedestal to stand on, although it is not pictured.  She dreams of a collection of mementos and memories from her magical night…She dreams of that certain Southern syrupy sweetness…She dreams…




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