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How to Make Your Own Healing Dolls
Recordings of 2022 Class Available Learn How to Make Your Own Healing Dolls Click here for details If you cannot attend in person you can view the recordings
Are You a Healing Doll Maker?
Do You Want to Be?
Here is a 50 minute video I put together talking about the How to Make Your Own Healing Dolls class
Consider these definitions. DOLL: A representation of a human figure; a little person. People make dolls and like them for lots of reasons, but in most cases, they make them because they are interested in other people, what they do, how they look, what they wear, how they feel… . . . A doll is just another way we appreciate the infinite variety of humankind. The doll figure, in all its multitude of forms, has been around for hundreds of years.
PLAY DOLL: A typical child’s doll to be played with by a child. It is most likely designed to be movable, and probably has removeable clothing/costuming. The player can decide the doll’s identity and how that character fits into the world around them, real or imaginary.
AESTHETICor ART DOLL: A solid, sculpted figure that comes in many forms and sizes. It expresses depth and power as it relates to the expression of human character or personality in the piece. An art doll invites the maker and viewer to feel and think about certain aspects of the human condition. Some makers simply make an art doll for the sheer joy of creating.
Both play dolls and art dolls will please, educate, or amuse the players and makers. At the very least they need to provoke an emotion, invite a connection to a story or engage with the intuition that will hold the attention for longer than a passing moment.
HEALING ART DOLL: A healing art doll symbolizes the maker's creative process. This includes the depth and power of story, thought, and emotion. The more thought, emotion and intuition that goes into the design and construction, the more likely there will be an evocative or provocative, powerful reaction felt by the maker and, in most cases, the viewer of the completed doll. Making a healing art doll for oneself can create a shift, transformation, or-yes-even some kind of healing as the maker defines it. When a dollmaker shares a healing art doll with a group (witnessing), including the story and emotion behind it as well as the dollmaker’s process, this deepens the doll’s meaning and connection to the dollmaker and those in the group.
A maker of healing art doll is a person who:
is curious enough about the concept and wants to make healing dolls as a tool for healing and transformation.
is willing to explore, investigate and contemplate emotional expressions, beliefs, values, life events and experiences.
is willing to be vulnerable and play with her creative energies.
is willing to take creative risks and wonder more than try to fix.
A trove of images, exercises, insights, and stories, Barb Kobe's The Healing Doll Way is the distillation of wisdom gained from a lifetime of creating art for healing and growth. Her book empowers readers to begin their own doll-making journeys. Kay Porterfield, M.A. Author, Educator, Artist
The Healing Doll Way is a treasure. The illustrations alone are beautiful and inspiring. But Barb’s offering is beyond the visual. I’ve been blessed to have Barb mentor me through the healing process detailed in this book. If you’re seeking to explore your inner terrain, to gain insight or to transform some part of your life, look no further. Dive into these pages and let Barb’s gentle and enlightening guidance lead you forward. Anne R. Heck, Author of Finding the Gift: A Memoir of Rape, Intention and Miracles Read More Reviews HERE