Saturday, March 01, 2008

Take It Further - Rags and Bones

Well I've been AWOL for the last few days what with MIL duties, car trouble and frantically trying to finished my TIF project I haven't had time to blog. But here we are just one day late my February project is done.
Last month I chose to work purely on the colour scheme but Feb's colour palette didn't really appeal. Instead I stuck with the concept, What are you old enough to remember? As with the January challenge an idea just popped into my head and I ran with it. I was born in 1976 and one of the earliest things that I can remember is the sound of the Rag and Bone man clip clopping down the road with his horse and cart ringing his bell and shouting. So I have made a mixed media doll using rag and bone as the inspiration.
I took some pictures along the way so thought it might be fun to share with you how my doll was 'born'.
First off I picked some fabrics

And then using some Fimo clay I made some body parts :)

Back to the fabric for more body parts

A skeleton emerges from all the parts. So that's the bones done .......

Now it's time for some rags. A once pretty dress ......

... is starting to show the signs of a street urchins life.

A girl is emerging, but even a skeleton needs some features right?

Some hair in the making... I picked some more felted yarn from my stash. I figured a street urchin would probably not have a hair brush to hand and I thought this yarn would give a matted unbrushed look, plus it's in my favourite orangey colours, so who could resist.

I read here, that some rag and bone men used to hand out balloons to children who bought them enough rags. So here is my girl with with her prize balloon... I guess some people might think she's macabre but that isn't my intention. I'm hoping she's more corpse bride than the exorcist but I guess it will depend on the individual point of view.

Just like last month she is looking for a name, if you have any suggestions please leave a comment. There will be a prize if I pick a name from your ideas.


Anonymous said...

I love your doll, she is beautiful with unsure shy smile.

Why not called her Harriet in honor the character 'Harold" play Harry H Corbett in Steptoe and Son, the most famous Rag and Bone team in the UK.

Magpie Sue said...

She could be known as Rose, short for Faded Rose.

I think she's wonderful :- )

Grangry said...

Oh she's a cracker! Love the dress and those bead joints. After perusing your post and reading the comments, I thought of the Helen Reddy song, Delta Dawn.

Doreen G said...

I love the doll and the process as to how you got there and my chosen name would be Esmerelda.

Terri Stegmiller said...

She's great! Okay, I've come up with a probably sounds silly, but if I use the word 'rag' and the first three letters from 'bones' I came up with Raggedy Bonnie.

McIrish Annie said...

Boy you made me feel old! I graduated from HS in 1976! Your rag and bones girl is adorable!

Vivian said...

Sad eyes! Thanks for posting the process.

Unknown said...

She is cool! Love your imagination! Melinda