Honey Loves Bea

Honey Loves Bea
One of the original Buttonface dolls

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Cheap Motel Neon

EYE CANDY: Outside my kitchen window last week, the sky was Egyptian faience blue behind a pack of ridiculous poodle clouds hurrying by. My neighbor's tin roof, jewelry-quality silver after a brief shower, sported a single gem--a lime green chameleon puffing out his bright red throat sac.

Today I set up shop at my first doll show in more than a decade. It was a fascinating experience, but successful only because my faithful friends showed up to offer support in countless ways. I am grateful to all of them for continuing to encourage me in this new adventure.

It's impossible to be in a great space filled with dolls and doll lovers without thinking about why dolls are so important to us. A recent New York Times article talked about how we are fascinated with anything that looks like us, and the author of that article would have had a field day where I was. Innate narcissism, I guess. But it's more than that, I think, given the hyper-realistic baby dolls that so many girls and women were cooing over and cradling in their arms. I couldn't help thinking of my niece and a good friend, each of whom is expecting her first child. One's in her twenties and the other's in her forties, and that's completely irrelevant.

Mother Nature is gorgeous, but she's not terribly subtle. That chameleon with his cheap motel neon neck is just a reminder that every spring, we're all getting the same text message from the universe: "make more, make more, make more." For some of us, the response is new babies. For others, it's dolls.

Stay tuned here for what's new at my house.


William A. Nericcio said...

Patrick, frankly, scares me! Yours, Speedy Gonzales

ps: how much talent can one woman have?

Susan J Tweit said...

Wow! Those are sculptures - I can't imagine how many hours of creativity go into each one, but the result is worth every moment.

I think the word "doll" carries so much baggage that some people won't be interested just because of the image it brings up in their minds. If so, they're really missing out.

You go, Theresa!


ronimaymac said...

"Playing Santa" has such an emotive face. I can’t stop looking at his smiley eyes. I think that he is really well-done, though I admit to knowing next to nothing about the art of doll-making (and I also admit that the increasingly popular "reborn" dolls discomfit me).

P.S. – I’m not sure if it was as much Spring Fever as it was getting into the Christmas spirit, but "more, more, more" was definitely a driving theme. ;)

S.J.Glusker said...

Cooooool expressions .... great costumes .... groovy faces....

More pix please....

Mil Felicidades and two abrazos,