Minnesota Retreats 2021
March 9th I had a heart attack and had a stent put in my heart. I am in recovery mode for the remainder of 2021. I will offer two close to "home" retreats in June and October. Click here for details.
Recently I was interviewed by Karen Garrett of email@example.com Here's a video of the interview about creativity, doll making, and healing.
2022 Healing Doll Way Class
How to Make Your Own Healing Dolls
New Series of Classes Starts in August
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If you cannot attend in person you can view the recordings
Are You a Healing Doll Maker?
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;– a child occupier, most likely designed to be movable, and probably has removeable clothing. The player can decide the doll’s identity and how that character fits into the world around them, real or imaginary.
AESTHETIC or 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 need to please, educate, or amuse the players. At the very least they need to provoke an emotion or intellectual reaction that will hold the attention for longer than a passing moment.
HEALING ART DOLL: A healing art doll expresses the creative process the maker went through, including the depth and power of story, thought, and emotion. The more thought and emotion 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, 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:
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