Assemblage at Heart
I am always asked, “What are you going to do with this thing?” when I purchase odd items as I’m out and about junking. Honestly, sometimes I have not one clue but I’ve learned from experience if I see something that really intrigues me or something that I’m on the fence about I make the purchase. My dad has a saying, “You only regret the things you don’t buy.” and he’s right!
Today, I thought I would show you what I did with lots of random items that helped me create this assemblage style doll. Now I know this might not be for everyone but I just love her and have her sitting on my shelf in my studio.
As you can see she is made from lots of different flea market and non-flea market finds. If you want to know how to create her wire skirt and put her together the instructions are in “Delight In The Art of Collage”. If you want an autographed copy you can purchase one from me HERE or you can purchase one on Amazon HERE.
Starting from the top is a bisque doll bust that sits on top a vintage wooden spool. It’s accented with quilt strips, daisy trim, pearls, a vintage button and rhinestone trim. The shoulders of the doll are miniature wooden spools that have clear glass beads attached at each end.
The wooden spool is attached to the top of a clear vintage zipper container I filled with colored buttons to add a little pizzazz to her mid-section.
The skirt is created from two vintage jello molds stacked on top of each other with wire skirting surrounding the molds. The beads attached to the wire skirt come from vintage earrings that were clusters of dangling beads. As soon as I saw these earrings I bought them as I knew taken apart the beads would be perfect for projects.
On the back of the bust I attached silk leaves to create wings. The vintage button in the center of the leaves helps hide the bottom ends of the leaves and allows me to hide the adhesive too.
Woven through the wire skirting is tan seam binding. This trim helped balance the doll and pull everything together. She is eclectic and funky and I love her.