I've been planning to take a break from doll making, maybe a long one! Very soon after I made that decision and put away materials so that I had some elbow room I had another idea. What if I made a head form by sewing a simple cloth shape, stuffed it with fiberfil and sculpted it with a bit of hand stitching? I could build it up with layers of paper strips and paste. That was easily accomplished with our hot, dry climate shortening drying times to almost nothing.
I made a face on the surface of the dry form with polymer clay. My original idea was to stack several heads together with a cord running through the center of each one so that they could hang like a big necklace. I scaled back my plan and made the character you see above. The wooden box I used for his body became a puppet stage. The puppets represent those competing inner voices that urge us with a "Yeah" and a "Nope". The arms were donated by a doll I made years ago. I was unable to remove the pinwheel without damage to the arm, so it stayed.
He is thinking maybe,"Yeah", or maybe, "Nope". The answer depends on which way the wind blows.
This piece will be part of a show at The La Veta Gallery on Main, La Veta, Colorado, beginning July 24.