Between my dolls of Transition...The Cicada and The Bee
and Transcending to my new line "Ito"...
I found I needed to create something more delicate and quiet...
These came into being as The Soul Sisters.
COMING TOGETHER:These dolls started with all cloth sewn bodies.
So into a (loose) tea bath they went...I wanted it to be purposely spotty...
One whole doll and one bust of a doll...being created here.
I love when I am able to be quiet...in the flow...in communication with my pieces I am creating.
That is when I find that they tell me what's next...
Next up was adding another layer using alcohol inks. I love tipped fingers and toes- I mean LOVE..even obsessed with this right now!
These dolls are created to be on a simple black stand with the "symbolism" on the bottom of the base.
Needlesculpting and painting, the face came next...with embroidered eyebrows.
Sometimes when I have an idea in my head I will do a very very quick sketch...I do not do anymore than this because if I go further, I feel that the idea has been created.
These are the fabrics for Blue Lotus...all silk.
Here hat decor is hand-dyed using Japanese papers and Procion natural fiber dyes.
Blue Lotus flower completed...I included some found nature- these lovely sticks that I gathered over winter during my morning walks...tinted with subtle gold.
Onto the kimono style gown!
I machine sew the larger sections and then hand-sew all the pieces together.
I love hand-sewing- that is where my true mindfulness/meditation steps in. Gently focus on the task at hand.
Next is the hair. I used a silk and bamboo blend thin yarn and added a long braid.
Added in tiny detailing to silhouette the shape of the kimono.
Glass and bone beads with linen threads.
BLUE LOTUS COMPLETE:
Symbol of the human soul, spirituality, and divinity.
It also forms one of the important elements of
enlightenment, re-birth, unification, and purity in a mystical way.
Leslie O’Leary 2019
At this writing Blue Lotus is available