Wilder and wilder
The days are so busy with my hands in the paint and knee deep, doing the work for Prim Pumpkin. This is a sweet Pumpkin called Wilder. Wilder is a special pumpkin, created slowly in my signature Prim Pumpkin blue. My entire process, these days, is slow. From the hand mixing and stirring of my paints (I finally started labeling them, so remixing won't be as painful) to the hand working of my clay and papier mache, it's a process that I am proud of. A process that I've worked on for nine years now.
Wilder is whimsy; complete and utter love. She sparkles without an ounce of glitter. She is dressed in a fragment of a lovely and vibrant silk dress that I found at an estate sale. The dress had a story, as most dresses do that have been saved for over 60 years. It was a strapped, empire waist piece that I gravitated to instantly. It was almost as if the energy of the dress pulled me over. I do believe that a garment can hold residual energy... magic sparkles of what once was. This dress was hanging with a few others, all exotic and bright. I asked about them and the daughter of the home owner told me that they had belonged to her Auntie. She told me that in the 40's her mother had fallen ill and her Auntie who was an art assistant, rode a train from California to Michigan to help take care of her sister's children. Her Auntie was wilder than any woman she had known. She smoked and indulged in a drink from time to time. She also danced while in California to pay her part of rent as she lived with three other girls. The woman smiled as she pulled memories of her Auntie to the surface of her mind. She saw me standing there in front of her asking about her Aunties wild dresses and she gave a chuckle. I told her that I am a doll maker and I took out my phone pulled up photos of my work. She had never seen anything like my dolls and they resonated with her. I lovingly bought her Aunties dresses and promised to tell about her as her memory was now a part of my story.
In love and art... Jennie
7/12/2017 11:22:58 pm
How have I not been following and unaware of this? It's wonderful!!!!
7/13/2017 12:01:08 am
Thank you so much Brian!
7/13/2017 05:44:28 am
..I felt Auntie's presence as I read your story, being a lover of dance, I had visions of her spinning in her silks....different era's, different visions. Not only talent in your dolls Jennie, but talent in bringing them alive in all who can imagine!
7/14/2017 09:07:59 am
She is beautiful and such a great story.
9/2/2017 09:38:11 am
Your dolls are beautiful and this post brings home what makes them so special. It's not just the doll, it's the stories behind them.
8/18/2018 12:28:21 pm
Hi Jennie I have had be of you Prims dolls cause she was made from a piece of lace like the wedding dress I truest wish I dad. I have had breast cancer 4 years ago,am healthy now but it would never fit. Can’t travel to you unfortunately. Love love love your dolls would like to see more and hopefully some more lace😬😍💋💝💕🙏god bless AnnMarie
8/20/2018 11:18:51 am
Wow! Love this doll!!!! Is she available for purchase. I live too far away to attend the festival.
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