Thursday, August 15, 2013

Balinese Dancer

The doll that started it all!
While attending a gourd show in Palatka, Florida, I stopped at a vendors table to check out her small gourds.  I picked up one and said “It looks like a doll’s body”. to which she replied, “I have the heads over here.”  The rest, as they say, is history.  At the following year’s show, I entered the Balinese Dancer.   She didn’t win anything, but one of the judges insisted that I must write a tutorial on her construction.  I did and it ran in The Gourd Magazine, the official publication of the National Gourd Society.
I had attempted to make dolls prior to this little  dancer, but can only conclude that I was using the wrong materials.  Cloth dolls were quickly eliminated because I don’t sew well and  seem able to make only lumpy limbs.   Clay seemed to be the only medium I felt simpatico with.