Saturday, 9 June 2012

Spirit Dolls, art and painting and workshops.

As the British summer has failed to show yet and not much is growing  in the garden. I've been creating a few more ideas for textile, hand painted spirit dolls and I have found a way to decorate them as if painting on canvas.
Keeping the shapes of the dolls simple, the patterns and symbols make them into little art sculptures and  then sewing beads, crystal chips and shells onto them for glorious texture.  They are lovely to hold!
I have had commissions to make spirit dolls for people  with their positive intent , or wishes and used many different herbs for filling, such as lavender, dried rose petals, sage, jasmine with trinkets, twigs from trees of the ogham, crystals and messages have also been hidden inside. Natural wool is also used to fill out the body of the dolls.  These spirit dolls are made unique for each person. They represent the healing that the person needs at the time. Whether it is comfort, love, strength, laughter, joy, protection or transformation to be able to move forward in their life.  They make lovely gifts for friends too.  Stars and moons make perfect dolls for children's rooms made in the same way.
Here are just a few types of spirit dolls that can be made.
I will be making more for my etsy shop soon and have finally decided to teach how to make them in a new workshop.  This will be for two days, and people have the choice to come for one day or two.

This is a doll my daughter Megan made with tiny pieces of felt hearts and flowers.

Tiny maiden dolls to carry around with you.

A spirit doll can be an amulet or a talisman. Protection or to attract positive energy. Making your own spirit dolls are so much fun and wildly creative!  Magical, sweet, intuitive and inspiring.
If you would like to come to this spirit doll workshop, I can send you the details by email.

If you already make spirit dolls, I would love to hear about the positive changes and wonderful things that have happened to you.

18 comments:

  1. Hello Amanda, i have been making dolls similar to yours for just over a year, the first was a Moontime doll for my daughter, something to shout at, cuddle and hear when she could talk to no one else. then came the Blossom Queen, and Lady Luna, other have followed, I call them Goddess dolls now, they are manifestations of the energies that flow. An idea becomes a form, and the form weaves itself via my hands. The designs I first think of change as "they" ask for different buttons than the ones I chose, or different threads for hair. Just finished Arianrhod. she was amazing to make! I'll tag a photo of her on facebook for you to see. Yours are amazing, all those different textures, I crochet mine.

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  2. They sound amazing! I will look out for Arianrhod. X

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  3. These are beautiful, Amanda.

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  4. each one is so beautiful. i love that you shared your daughters with us too. wishing you a wonderful workshop!

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  5. these are fabulous i absolutely love them, i have a bit of an obsession with talismans and good luck charms, and these are just brilliant!

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  6. These are lovely....maybe some spirit rabbits dolls or unicorns?

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  7. I saw your blogname on several link lists and so wandered over ... I'm so glad I did. Your art is extraordinary, and those maiden dolls do something to my spirit.

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  8. Stunningly beautiful, I felt the emotion they bring through the page. So glad I wondered over from your etsy shop where I have fallen in love with several prints and can't make a decision...all so lovely and true to the earth and spirit.
    Your dolls are wonderful.You've inspired me to finally try my hand at making dolls, I've always wanted to. I have plans to open a brick and mortar shop in the coming year or two and oh so hope you would be willing to allow me to carry them for folks here in the US. I have had an E-shop but want customers to be able to pick up and hold the gifts,feel the energy such as with your dolls. Although I just said how I felt them through the internet.lol
    Thank u for sharing your art, wish I lived there to take class.
    Blessings!

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    1. Thank you Emily. Yes, I can send you whatever you like for your wonderful new shop.

      Much love.

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  9. im trying to find a spirit doll workshop in south wales the uk can any1 help??

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  10. im trying to find a spirit doll workshop in south wales the uk can any1 help??

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  11. i make mine different they have the sculpey clay face and made out of sticks and you get material ribbon and fake flowers dress the doll put wooly hair on it paint the face and its magical

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  12. i make mine different they have the sculpey clay face and made out of sticks and you get material ribbon and fake flowers dress the doll put wooly hair on it paint the face and its magical

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  13. hi all im awaiting an email i will be the new admin alongside my sister

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  14. Hello there, Joanna is fantastic, she has already everything you need, I guess you just need her okay to publish in here. Such an amazing Spiritual teacher. http://www.gaiansoul.com/2012/10/how-to-make-a-spirit-doll-step-1/

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  15. Here is the link to my Nurturing Art Dolls if you want to use them. I have been making them for people who are in the hospital, they are also wonderful as "dream walkers" or "worry dolls" (not to worry dolls would be a better term) I hope it helps. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.847486248613598.1073741974.369603839735177&type=3

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