Lizjul Blog

This blog is especially for those with an interest of doll artistry, and for those who are new to this wonderful art form.  In this blog, you will have a chance to learn about the concepts and visions behind the world of doll artistry.  Although it goes a little beyond technique.  It is more about vision, and how the fabrics and types of art styles can allow for an artful expression.  This blog is meant to introduce you to this form of art and to open opportunities for you to learn about the wonderful work of doll art.

African Bluebell Story

The African Blue Bells from the City of Berry

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African Blue Bells

from the City of Berry

Living in an orphanage in Africa, these five girls wondered and dreamed of being adopted by one or two wonderful parents. But the challange for their future parent or parents, was to take all five of them, even if they were not related to each other.   They were not related. Or at least not all five of them.  Two were actually sisters by blood.  But the rest were bounded together by sister -friendship. They were inseparatable.  They made a packed that they were sisters and would not be split up, even if it meant that they wouldn't be adopted.  They would stay together, and call them sisters even when they got older and would leave the orphanage. 

A year had gone by and still not a parent or parents that would agree to take them all together.  But it didn't bother them too much because they had each other.  As they made their packed of being sisters, they also made a pledge to be teachers.  Teachers of health, art and music, science reading and writing. They would together open a school to give kids like them and feelin of hope.

Stay tuned to hear a song they wrote called "We the African Blue Bells"

 

Dolls For The Season

African Blue Bells

African Blue Bells

Akili              Imani            Kenya         Ashanti    Sasha                            

Can you guess why these dolls are called African Blue Bells? There are the colors on the African fabric which is blue and white patterns and shapes.   The dresses are adorned with heavy iridescent or pearl beading. Each of the dolls' dresses are unique, but their dresses were all crocheted using cotton African fabric. By using crocheting as the technique and design,  their dresses, resemble a bell shaped form.  The dress is thick, heavy and yet elegant.   The vision I have are that if these dresses could stand on their own, they would do so, like a bell placed on a table.  The texture of the dresses are sturdy, pleasant and smooth. The idea behind the African Blue Bells dolls is just an inspiration of what is friendship, sisterhood and family.  These dolls are one of a kind. We hope to make them available for sale in April 2018.  Stay tuned for more even the African Blue Bell song and storyline.

A Doll's Story To Tell

I had stories accompany each of the dolls I made in the early years. I thought that it would add to the dolls' imagery.  But then time grew tinier and tinier. And soon, I didn't have time to devote my energies to the story telling for each doll. But now I have returned back to my roots. Now it won't be every single doll, but just some.

Why bother with stories? There are a few reasons for that, of which I would like to offer three of those reasons. One, there is a backstory to the design of the outfit I create on the dolls; there is theme around the dolls outfit. Two,  they are unique enough (the dolls and doll outfits), that they demand an explanation and third, I love writing, I love stories and it's just plain fun.

Look out for a story for the Halloween/Solstice. 

All the best,

Liz