Thursday, March 26, 2009

Mini Doll Interview

Don't you just love the fabulous background Kristin added?
Kristin at Retro Cafe posted a mini interview with me and my dolls!!!
Kristin: How long have you been creating mixed media art?
Linda: I've been creating mixed media art for about 2 years. I've been making dolls using alphabet blocks for bodies and antique doll parts for about 4 months. Being German, I love the story of the old, throw away doll parts being dug out of the ground from demolished doll factories in Germany. I love the rust, dirt and imperfections found on the doll parts. I find it amazing that dirt from Germany is still inside the heads, arms, and legs.
Kristin: What inspires you when creating a specific doll?
Linda: Seeing the personality of each doll emerge intrigues me. A bit of lace and some ribbon usually start the creative process. I start with clothes and pick the perfect head, arms and legs. Sometimes the head inspires me to design the perfect outfit. I have also been inspired by a great set of legs with bows painted on them and fashioned the doll around the legs. Sometimes I have a person in mind when I make a doll. I used my husband's broken watch to make him a doll. I have a neighbor who is a breast cancer survivor and I made a doll that has a pink ribbon pin with her in mind. Most of the time it's just a surprise to see the doll emerge from all the parts. Since the necks the the dolls are broken, I make them necks with polymer clay. By the time the doll is complete I have spent quite few hours with each doll. The best part of creating art for me is having people tell me why they connect with a certain doll. When someone picks up a doll and says, "Mine, this one is going home with me." it's a wonderful feeling sharing my art and myself with others.
Kristin: Thanks so much Linda for sharing!


Tumbleweed Trails said...

Linda- I wanted to stop over and tell you how much I enjoyed the mini interview with Kristin. I love your altered art dolls. They are dynamic. I posted about you two, too.


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Retro Cafe' Art Gallery said...

Oh, I'm so glad you liked it!
P.S. your display at the gallery looks SO cool! CONGRATS!