Monday, April 28, 2014

Recreating your favorite selections from the Feminist Paper Doll Project

I had a request a week or two ago to recreate a doll from the Feminist Paper Doll Project for someone who wanted to purchase it.  Of course, with the caveats that there would be differences in the papers and hardware used as well as other slight variations.  This recreated doll was purchased though my Etsy Shop, InventingTrees.  The doll requested was of Kathe Kollwitz who was the selection for March 24, 2013.

 The image above is the doll that will stay in my collection of Feminist Paper Dolls.  I am not quite certain as to what I am doing with these pieces yet and I feel the need to keep them together.

This doll above is the recreated doll for the requesting party.  I kept the feel of the doll intact but was able to make alterations to the hinging on the arms and the placement of the hands- both elements that bothered me about the original doll.  Also, added was a pewter heart which was absent (not sure why) from a whole slew of dolls during March 2013.  I think it turned out well.  And I believe that my requester was happy.

Interesting that my patron did not know that the dolls move.  Most of the gromits and brads are points on the doll that offer movement.  Although I do fix some elements to be stationary, all the dolls in the Feminist Paper Doll Project move.  They can be positioned like a puppet and are similar in constrution to a shadow puppet than a traditional paper doll.  Below is a vid-clip of me moving the legs and arms for the Bridget Sojourner paper doll.
If you would like to purchase a recreation of one of my Feminist Paper Dolls, you can send me a convo via my Etsy shop.  Here's the link:


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