Monday, January 4, 2010
Kokeshi Dolls and Pattern Testing
The Kokeshi Doll swap on Ravelry opened a door.
I found the form(http://www.etsy.com/shop/temple7e http://www.amazon.com/Kimmidoll-Japanese-Kokeshi-Doll-Tomomi/dp/B002M0AIXA) and history very interesting
and loved some of the nontraditional interpretations,
like these sold on Etsy:
I spent my time in rehab/hell/exile making dolls and trying to make dolls sculptural
and after seeing some "lady" Kokeshi dolls, I knew I wanted to interpret her as well
as inscribe my approach to this form.
The other patterns I saw were more girl-forms and girlie, a bit too sweet for me:
(but non traditional as doll is not supposed to have limbs)
then I saw Krokeshi Art Toys
and was affirmed. And so Crocheted Lady Kokeshi doll pattern is now being tested by five intrepid volunteers!
And like teaching, pattern writing is a learning experience... it is so hard to say what one did, and for me even to commit to an approach. But I have, for this and it seems the good resulats are replicable. Ahhh replicants.
Hopefully we'll have a sunny day so I can get a decent picture with my aging digital--
the shots here were all taken with my cell phone.