âmes perdues des rêves brisés
(18.5 x 18.5 inches)
Cotton hand-dyed and commercial fabric
Machine pieced, hand and machine quilted
(attached to 20-inch square artist canvas)
To begin with, I loved the photograph that Kay challenged us with this month but I also found the doll heads just a little "creepy." Every time I looked at the photo I fought that feeling and tried to push beyond it. My efforts led me to consider making a quilt featuring a boudoir doll. These dolls were popular in the 1920-30's and were made to sit on ladies beds. French designer Paul Poiret was credited with starting the boudoir doll fad. I still like that idea but I just wasn't enthusiastic enough about that idea to move ahead and I found myself wondering about the artist who made those doll heads. I went back to the blue legs and the sour mash whiskey that I saw in the photo and imagined a starving artist struggling with how to make a living as an artist - his worries and dreams. I made some quick sketches and decided on one of the "blue" ones.
I was drawn to two of the doll heads and tired to make stamp but couldn't get the detail that I wanted. I made a stencil instead and used it on the blue fabric with a white iridescent paintstik.
When I shared this piece with my daughter she said it reminded her of the masks used in commedia dell'arte - kind of creepy. A few days later a friend saw it and said that while she liked it, it was a little too creepy for her taste. I do believe I succeeded in capturing that creepy feeling that I had. Le projet fut un succès!
(Note: "âmes perdues des rêves brisés" translates as "lost souls of broken dreams")