Who's Your DADA?: Redefining the Doll through Mixed Media

By Linda O'Brien

Inspired by means of the "Dada" concept of creating paintings from fabrics that may no longer usually be mixed or anticipated to move jointly, and pushed by way of the same feel of irony and humor, this intriguing ebook by means of Linda and Opie O'Brien stocks their special approach to creating mixed-media dolls. it isn't just a "must have" quantity for somebody attracted to chanced on item paintings and the human shape, it's a considerate and provocative exploration of the facility, symbolism, and cultural importance of dolls and representational figures.
 
The authors proportion specified recommendations for utilizing floor elaborations, developing faces, heads, and limbs, utilizing molds and molding items, and construction and reworking disparate gadgets into whimsical, inspiring dolls. beginning with a number of substrates—a wood block, a canvas, a tin can, a e-book, and a field construction—readers are guided step-by-step via 5 forms of doll constructions.
 
Included:
  • Complete directions for creating a field building doll, a wooden block substrate doll, a two-sided canvas body doll, a tin can doll, and a publication doll
  • Numerous diversifications on all the center initiatives for extra experimentation
  • An inspiring gallery of mixed-media dolls from prime artists who talk about their tools and proportion their very own solutions to the query: "What is a doll?"

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The physique is an previous Brownie digital camera. Opie and Linda altered a doll’s head, gave her classic tin arms, miniature bowling pin legs, and tin gildings, together with a tobacco tag that reads Peoples selection. my items from an intuitive feeling instead of from a realized method. this enables me to make and holiday my very own principles. My sort is easy, understated, really primitive, and not absolutely deliberate prematurely, even if after all I do appear to finally merge with my unique inspiration, if simply on an summary point.

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