The video on my main gallery page of my solo exhibit, "There, There: Healing Dolls as Solace in an Off Kilter World," January through March of 2019 shows some of my most recent dolls. The video tells the story of many of my dolls in detail and helps you to see them in three dimensions. Several of the dolls have sold. I have tried to note in the gallery which dolls are no longer available.
You can also find me on Instagram and on Facebook. I tend to post daily on Instagram with updates about my dolls, posting progress photos and notes about what I am thinking about in my studio.
Red Russian Shaman
The Red Russian Shaman doll is a wise old crone. Light in weight and light on her feet, she carries at the same time the weight of ancient wisdom. The reds of her cloak symbolize passion and fire. She is aflame with life and purpose.
At the same time, the pale greys and whites of her skin and fur headdress suggest bone, perhaps even death. She sees beyond death and has lived many lifetimes. This part of her is connected to what is ageless, and what doesn’t change. All those parts of life that remain when all else has gone. Stones and bones that remain for eons, after the body has gone.
She can withstand and can help you to withstand the coldest colds and the darkest nights. She is steadfast and strong.
The Red Crone may be part aboriginal-I don't know. She stares into the sky, joyful and hopeful. She brings joy and an understanding of what lies beyond the stars to your life. She invites you to the dance!
Ancient Bird Spirit Crone
The bird fossil on her tunic and the bird feathers in her hand show that this Ancient Bird Spirit crone is allied with the spirits of the East, of wind and of beginnings. She has the ability to fly above and to see the larger perspective, to see how all the pieces of a complicated puzzle fit together. Her wisdom is all all-encompassing and far-seeing.
You can turn to her for guidance on long term questions. Leave your questions at her feet and then sit and meditate, allowing her to guide you in an auspicious direction. She is ageless, connected in her stone-like feet at hands with our ancient ancestors of paleolithic times.
Blue Warrior Woman (transforming panic and anxiety)
The Blue Warrior Woman is a powerful antidote to anxiety and panic. Her arms are outstretched in joy and welcome to the world but at the same time she is protected and protective of those who behold her. Her dark cloak shelters her and keeps her warm. Her amulets, faces over the breasts and hand over the lower body also protect and bless these centers of feminine energy.
The blues of her clothing and body relate to the emotions that she contains, panic and anxiety and some grief but at the same time these colors show how these emotions are also a doorway into greater depth. By this I mean, she is connected to the starry skies, to the depths of the ocean, putting into context the human emotions that can get us stuck if we don’t see them as part of the cycles of life.
The pearl at her throat radiates life and wholeness. It represents the way in which difficult emotions, when we abide with them, can contain within them pearls of wisdom. Turn to her when you are beset with fears and doubts. She knows what to do. Connected to Mother Earth, she shows you how your emotions are a part of the web of life and how they connect you to the world beyond you.
Tiny Crone, Releasing Grief from My DNA
This doll started with seeds of grief. These hang now down her back, ready to fall off when the grief is completely ready to go. For now, she embraces life, her cloak a rainbow of colors celebrating the full spectrum of life. A radiant, faceted bead embellishes her core, radiating the energy of love from her heart and the life force from her core.
Her arms are stretched wide, ready to embrace, ready to be open to whatever the world brings next. She can remain on her stand but she is also meant to be held-perhaps carried in a pocket for comfort in facing a difficult situation.
The white dots on her face, hands and feet show how she is connected to spirit, of this world but also of the spirit world, a sort of guide and translator between the two worlds.
This tiny doll hangs on the wall. She holds healing powers and is full of wisdom.
This tiny doll represents the spirit of motherhood. She holds her baby in a pocket and has another pocket on her skirt that can be used to hold special meaningful tiny objects.
Mother Crone Doll
This doll is a bit scary, and witch-like. Yet, she has the power to watch over you with a mothering energy that is wise and all-seeing.