I thought I should add a quick post with a photo of a baby “wishing doll” that we made in art this week. It is basically just a miniture version of the original “wishing doll” & they are just so effective & it is so nice to see the pleasure it brings to not only myself but also those in the class! One gentleman who did give me permission to put his photo on the blog, but I decided it would be better for his privacy just to talk about him, made a wonderful “wishing” doll, all dressed up in a ball gown which he painted in a gold glittery colour & he named it after his wife. A lot if his work links somehow back to his wife which he lost a number of years ago.
I love my baby “wishing” doll & it bought me a lot of pleasure making it & painting the little face. The best thing about it is that only I know what my “wish” or “prayer” is & it is scrunched up very small & placed inside the head & that is how the shape of the head is created! It is a wonderful activity to do with all ages, young & old each getting so much pleasure!
The amazing thing is that it is so simple to make……..a square piece of calico for the body, wool of your choice for the arms, legs, body & hair & some paint for the face & there you go, you’ve got your “wishing doll”.
The beautiful thing about them is they can be totally
nameless & not made in memory of anyone or as I said earlier in the post one of the gentlemen made his wife dressed up in a ball gown & it is so sweet as I go to his room each morning to deliver him his paper there is his “wife” sitting up on the chair next to his bed……he openly admits he misses his wife terribly but I’m sure the doll brings him some degree of comfort!
“Wishing dolls” or “prayer dolls” are the best & I’m so glad I’ve had the chance to participate in creating them. As you can see from the above photo they are very effective & lots if fun!
Each week we have a wonderful volunteer who comes in to the ‘establishment’ & we do some of the most creative activities you can imagine. I love it, I look forward to art each week as we never quite know what amazing things we are going to create!
Before I started art & particularly in the early days of doing art, you would often hear out of my mouth ‘I can’t do this, I’m hopeless’ & our wonderful teacher would always quickly bounce back with her classic response ‘of course you can, NOTHING is wrong in this class, whatever we create is wonderful’. When I was at school, art was certainly not my favourite subject, nor were the teachers my favourite people, so even though it was something I was interested in exploring I was certainly nervous. It has been so interesting for me since we have had the volunteer that we have been so blessed to have, slowly my fears are beginning to fade & I am even starting to believe that perhaps I can create “things” & maybe they are not so stupid after all!
We have made clay people and pots & I have even painted a modern aboriginal painting which I might just take a photo of & add it to this post. It took me months to complete as there was so many dots that needed to be painted!
BUT……..the most exciting & fun thing thing to date was what we did today & that was the making of the wishing doll. First of all we had to write on a piece of paper a positive wish & desire we have, but not something we would share with anybody else. Once we had done that we had to screw it up into a ball & that was placed inside the calico & became the head of the doll. From there we proceeded to make the arms & legs out of wool & even the hair & socks were made out of wool. It was so much fun & the finished product was so effective, I thought I had to write a post & include a photo. My biggest issue now is thinking of a name for my wishing doll, but I thought maybe some of my followers could help me with that…….so any ideas people just let me know through the comments section!
The whole idea behind art & craft is for it not to be a time when everyone compares their work with each others & for it almost to be a competition on who can produce the ‘best’ work. There is none of that, it is a time for each of us to relax & explore our skills & talents (if there are any!!!!!) & just simply enjoy the time & learn to appreciate how much pleasure we can get from all different forms of art.
The photos below are of firstly my unnamed wishing doll & also I thought I would include a picture of my aboriginal painting.