A series of 12 seasonal pieces has been in the planning stages for awhile and I had created the first 3 figures and frames for Large Hoop Skirt dolls. So, I was prepared when our miserable winter weather kicked in this week. The first woman in the series expresses a bitter, server, unforgiving winter day. I am still working out some refinements in the figure. I love the hank of steel wool hair caught by the wind, but it may need to me modified. I know it will need to be attached to her head! I am playing with the idea of a shawl, but it needs to be more substantial than this scrap of lace.
My approach to the skirt design was much more literal than usual, but still quite abstract. I am thinking here of trees bending in the wind, a dark overcast sky, just a skiff of dirty snow left on the ground, dead plants in the garden. And did I say WIND? Looking at the photograph now I can see a few spots where I will make a adjustments before I wash the quilted skirt to fray the collage and then mount it on the frame. Then I'll move on the think about a beautiful winter day.