Friday, July 17, 2009

4 Elements Dolls, ADO

The 4 Elements Challenge was hosted by the Art Dolls Only (ADO) online group. Ninety participants made art dolls using one (or any/all) of the 4 elements: Earth, Fire, Air, Water. Check out the rest of the participants at the ADO Blog - just click on the Badge below.

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In addition to my entry below, I volunteered to host photos for participants who do not have blogs. Inessa has been kind enough to send photos of her two entries, and today (Sunday) I received photos of Marij van der Ham's entry. All the entries have been wonderful works of art.

Here is my yet-to-be-named "Water" doll. Yeah, I know, a mermaid is a rather obvious interpretation of this element. But I really like mermaids. I modified a pattern by Kith & Kin for the body and head (using Doe Suede fabric). I designed the tail section, and made from cloth I hand-dyed.


This doll is made by Inessa Morelock, and signifies the "Earth" element - Sword & Shield. Inessa remarked she is facsinated by gourds and the "elementary." Gourds represent the fundmental earth element. The doll is "abstract and very simple in form and substance-- that sets it apart from my other dolls."



This is another entry by Inessa - her "Water" doll. Inessa says water "can be very unpredictable and I like that. The doll has been decorated with a variety of yarns, beads and shells ( from our trip to Florida )."






This is Marij van der Ham's entry, representing her vision of frozen water. You can see more of her work HERE.










43 comments:

jasmoon-butterfly said...

I love them all...great work...I adore your water doll - mermaid...special x

kay susan said...

She's lovely, she looks so serene!

Kaerie Faerie said...

Love your Mermaid, so pretty
Ado Member
Kaerie Faerie

essie said...

This are great elemental pieces.
Love all three of them.

xx
Es

Mealy Monster Land said...

your mermaid is gorgeous, I love her slight smile and that tail is too cool.
Inessa dolls are fantastic! so colorful and full of movement.

:) Nicole

Abi said...

Your doll is fabulous - the needle sculpting is excellent. I love Inessa's too - wonderful expression and use of colors. what an amzing imagination!

Connie said...

Love the look on your mermaids face. Love the color in Inessa's dolls.

DellaRae said...

Your mermaid has a beautiful serene expression on her face. I love the netting in her hair. I also love the vibrant color in Inessa's dolls.

Bonnie Lee Fontaine said...

Deanna, your mermaid is lovely! I love the watercolor tail. She would look awesome next to the masthead you made years ago. Love her watercolor-y hair too.

Inessa's are very different and expressive. Great work, ladies! :o)

Romona said...

Love your little mermaid Deanna, as always your work is so precise...Romona

Inessa, lovely interpretation of the elements..

Lorraine said...

Love your mermaid girl, Deanna!! And Inessa's dolls are amazing!!
Fabulous!!:o)

Susan Shaw said...

Your mermaid has such a beautiful and life-like face! She is fabulous!

Inessa's art dolls are also fascinating interpretations of the elements.

Studio At Crow Haven Farm said...

Nice work ladies...All so different and beautiful. Enjoy your weekend.
Cheers

littlebitwired said...

I love your water element. The mermaid is wonderful! Very nice job on the tail.

Knot By Gran'ma said...

great work everyone!

Dessa Rae said...

Your mermaid is wonderful, as are all the dolls posted!!

Sarah said...

She is lovely! I love the expression on her face and her tail is beautiful colours. Inessa's dols are lovely too-I like the one made from a gourd particularly.

Trolineke said...

You mermaid is beautiful, down to the perfect finish.

ViKa said...

All dolls have liked, but the Mermaid is most, unusual and is fine made)

Deb said...

Wow, all the dolls here just blow me away. Amazing job everyone!

jessica said...

a mermaid might be the obvious choice but i love it anyway and love the hand dyed fabric.

Christine said...

She has such a wonderful expression! Her coloring is so beautiful you did a remarkable job!
And hooray to Inessa for going outside the box and making an abstract doll~nicely done and in keeping with the idea of this being a "challenge'!

Flight Fancy said...

Your mermaid is lovely. Her sweet expression makes me smile. Truly beautiful. Inessa's dolls are glorious, and bold. Just wonderful:)

creativedawn said...

I enjoyed the creativity of the gourd doll and just love the water doll with its real shells and beads...very beautiful!
hugz
Pam

Stasiya said...

Your mermaid charm! Very much it was pleasant to me!

Susie McMahon said...

Deanna - she's gorgeous!

softinthehead said...

Simply amazing work! I love your blog. I am adding you to my favs list so I can visit often....Pam

FairiesNest said...

What a lovely mermaid! Her expression is so sweet and I love her hair!

christina said...

Deanna - first of all thanks for leaving a comment on my blog :)
i love your doll, she's so beautiful! i love the colours of her tail as well as the colour you chose for her skin. and you did such a great job painting her face, she has a very sweet look in her eyes.

Inessa - wow, a gourd doll! what an original idea! the more i look at it the more i 'get it' and like it. definitely the most original piece.
your water doll is just lovely! i love all the little details you've added and the colours are beautiful. i really like the pose in this picture too. he (or is it a she?) reminds me of a poet.

Vee said...

Love the mermaid, especially her hair and that sinuous tail. Bravo to all three artists -- beautiful work!

Catherine said...

Deanna, I love your mermaid doll, she is beautiful! All your dolls have character! I love her expression and the pose!

The dolls you hosted are excellent I love the frozen water doll she looks so cold! Hugs

Kaci Marie said...

Nothing wrong with an obvious choice, love the hair, is it fishing net dyed blue? Nice of you to post pictures for other artists, so much eye candy it's almost overwhelming!

Yve said...

Hee hee, I was obvious too ( a dragon and a mermaid!) but what the heck, your mermaid is so serene looking. I love the gourds and the Icy frosty lady too. Fab :o)

Алена Елисеева said...

Deanna, your mermaid is beautiful!
I love it!
I like your works!

creativedawn said...

Wow! Marij's entry is gorgeous! She does convey ice! Awesome
hugz
Pam

Sprite said...

These are wonderful! How sweet of you to host, I'm so glad we got to see them! Thanks!

Big hug,
Sprite

Denise said...

Love the mermaid Deanna. She is beautiful. and the other dolls are so fabulous. Thanks for hosting their photos so we could see their work.

christina said...

so glad i checked this blog again. Marij your doll is fantastic! very icy indeed. everything about her, her pose, her clothes, her expression... a great representation of frozen water. simply stunning!

Caroline said...

The dolls are beautiful! ☺

ODD imagination said...

Anyone who can create a figure like your mermaid in fabric is truly amazing to me! Needle sculpting seems difficult to me and your looks so good.

Inessa - your dolls are lovely and I truly love your earth interpretation with the gourd. I especially love the color!

Marij your doll is beautiful and so well executed. Ice - who would have thought! Great idea!

Deanna Hogan said...

Thank you, everyone, for taking the time to leave your comments. This was a great challenge, and I look forward to the next one.

I spent the better part of a day, looking at the dolls on all the blogs. Amazing!

Kaci Marie asked about the mermaids hair. It's eyelash yarn, knitted and glued to the head. Then she wears a bit of dyed fishnet like a bandana to keep it under control.

And to ODD imagination - needle sculpting isn't hard at all, and you get better at it very quickly with a little practice!

Sarah said...

From the responses, it looks like you need to make more mermaids! She is lovely. And particularly close to my heart, since all my cloth dolls in the last year have been mermaids, in an attempt to keep up with my daughter's obsession. :-)

Las Noches said...

All this dolls are beatiful!, Denna I love your dolls. Marjin frozen water is really cool!