Making Healing Dolls take time, attention and releasing expectations. Here's one of my healing doll stories.
Making healing dolls includes setting intention, understanding that the artmaking is a process, and devoting some time to the making......and being with yourself and noticing what shows up along the way. This Holding Pattern doll was made using a technique called The Puzzle Form by dollmaker Susanna Oroyan (Anatomy of a Doll) From her book:
"Sometimes we have an idea which is conceived from a drawing or as an impression of form or posture. This sort of idea usually does not require movement of the form, although the pose strong suggests movement. One way to achieve this effect without the use of joints or armature is to create the form from a stacked set of firmly stuffed parts. To do this you need to sketch your intended shape, then break it down into component parts. Each part becomes a pattern piece for a sewn and stuffed shape." S. Oroyan
I set intention to spend two days doing only three things...well eating as well....creating, gardening and sleeping. Doll came from the journaling I did the first day. She is Holding Pattern. From the journal: What can be stopping you from living your life What is wiggling and nudging and pushing and reaching for You restrict the stopping, it puts you in a holding pattern. A holding your breath because you fear this place. What does this look like. After drawing the image, this.. I want you You can not have because you don't have I ask for what I want I beg, I plead Please let me have I won't give, I want to do me there is no room for my wants and your wants in my life. I bundle my wants up and hold them tight so I don't forget them and my wants restrict me and won't allow what's next. At the end of the 2nd day I felt so relaxed, peaceful.....ahhhh, creative bliss. Highly recommend! Fabric body, face made of Crayola Model Magic.
You can find instructions for how to make a puzzle piece doll in Anatomy of a Doll by Susanna Oroyan
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