My fiber arts group Contemporary Fiber Artists of Louisiana held their quarterly meeting on Sunday. The program was all about mixed media collage. We got to make an 8×10 collage on poster board using a selection of papers, fabric, and fibers. I opted for paper and no fabric. I was really pleased with my collage, but it wasn’t finished.
I played around with the idea of making a paper doll out of it and this is what I ended up with–three figures. On my work table right now there are three embroidered faces that I am using for an upcoming show in July called A Gathering of Untold Stories. They seemed to be a perfect match for the collage so I scanned and printed the images onto paper and glued them on for the faces. Tracy Bautista calls this re-use of your own art “leveraging.” I decided against adding limbs; they are simple rectangles. A few more embellishments on each one and they were done. The blue felt is a piece that I wet felted a few weeks ago. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I liked it. The big question is what will I do with the paper dolls? Should I affix them to the felt? Should I attach the whole thing to a stretched canvas to hang on the wall? Or just leave the men out to fondle and play with?