Work of Heart in Progres Day Five – whew!

Things went well today and I got her finished!

I finished the base last night.  I really love it when it gets to this stage and I can stop being careful and constructive.  I can start really being creative, draping fabrics, letting seams show and adding found objects.

wire for the vine
wrapping the wire in fabric

Okay, I got the wire wrapped and used embroidery thread to secure it and then I really got into it and stopped taking pictures.  I added hand painted fabric leaves.  I repeated the motif of the butterfly heart and added a butterfly broach I found at a thrift shop.    I sewed and tacked down things.  I used big visible stitches and thought about how much it helped me, as a young girl, when kind people helped me stitch together the various parts of my broken life.  The kindness people did for me kept me from despair and helped me blossom.  I hope that sense of repair and renewal comes through in this piece — Spring From The Heart.

Spring from the Heart
Growth starts in the heart
The base
Heart side
back
spring from the side
growth close-up

I took the following photo on my husband’s dresser.  It’s the last thing I see every night when I go to sleep.  Do you think my dreams influenced this piece?

among the plants
Joy and her Art Doll

Tomorrow off she goes from Portland to Memphis to be part of the 19th Annual Works of Heart Art Auction on February 12th.  I miss her already!  For more information on the auction please follow this link:


http://www.memphiscac.org/worksOfHeart.aspx

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4 thoughts on “Work of Heart in Progres Day Five – whew!

  1. I really love this doll! That wood fabric is great and I especially like the green stitching, and what it meant to you. You can tell it is from YOUR heart!

  2. oh Joy, you’ve done it again! She’s gorgeous! I love the wood fabric and stitches, and she looks like she came out of/fits right in the jungle of plants on the dresser. 🙂 I’m sure she’ll raise a lot of money for the auction.

  3. Thanks! I loved documenting the creation and seeing how things come together on their own. I like watching my plans change as I get into the more complex area’s of posing and embellishing. Next: something less complicated!

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