“Sharing the Love” A Spirit Doll by Debbie
A few months back, friend, Lisa Jordan, Artistic Director at The Crossing Arts Alliance, introduced me to Spirit Dolls. She had sent me info by the artist Chris Flynn, who blends spirit energy, fibers and magic into her creations, beginning with intention and meditation. I fell in love with the idea … and Lisa asked if I’d teach a class at The Crossing Arts in the fall, with their Fiber Arts Trail.
And so … I thought I’d try.
Starting from scratch, I got the clay, face molds (I’ll practice learning how to make faces at some point), paints, finishing spray and a plethora of sticks, stones – some from beautiful Lake Superior, leaves, pinecones, herbs, moss (with tobacco offerings of thanksgiving to Mother Nature), Lisa’s beautiful wool, and piles of do-dads, fabrics, buttons, lace … you get the idea. Meditation, began the birthing process … I had no idea who would appear.
My first one, Leighaeasta, (Irish for ‘healed’), will be a story for another time. She took a long time to be born, as is often the case for a first! “Sharing the Love”, was great fun. She has a piece of driftwood as her core, sticks from my back yard, moss, kid fleece (her hair) from a goat named Maximus, jute, stones … and filled with love. Her spirited nature wants to be outside my front door, greeting guests with playfulness and joy!
I’m so grateful for Lisa. She truly has uncovered a type of textural artist, I didn’t know was in me. I’ve enjoyed taking her needle felting classes and have made numerous felted Angels as gifts … and the birthing continues!
I’m excited to share my Spirit Doll stories. I look forward to you joining me!