After Mom passed away I just didn’t feel able to create anything new. After a couple of months I knew it was important to get back into the studio but my heart just wasn’t in it. I decided to focus on something that might in some small way be a memorial. I had some fabric from Mom’s stash (she taught me to sew so many years ago), so I wanted to use some of it to create the doll. I decided on some soft blue impressionistic floral fabric that I remembered from my childhood. This would be the base for the doll’s body. The hand dyed yellow silk would be used for accent.
|doll in progress|
My mother was a painter and some of her favorite subjects were birds. I wanted to find a way to incorporate birds into the piece. So I added tree branches to the doll’s body, and placed birds on the branches. I used the yellow silk for the birds, deepening the colors with color hue dyes.
Here she is finished. I’ve titled the piece “Fly Away Home”, a reference to the birds in the branches, but also to my mother, who is home now in Heaven.