Christmas Pulcinella...

I always like to make things for the holidays....I tend to experience this urge, around late October or November....when the air takes on a chill and I need a sweater and socks in the house...

I dislike going outside, but would rather sit and create something, like a hearty soup, or a frivolous gift to offer someone for the holidays....just because.... 

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This year, like the last, making dolls from tissue paper and my stash of vintage linens, fabrics and lace is taking me to where I want to be....

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Growing up, Mom always made sure we were kept busy...with household chores...no play time....even as I very young girl, there was a list of things that needed my attention every day, and idle play was not one of them....I think that is why now, I have such a fascination with making and dressing these little creations....

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All of them are crowned with a dunce cap....reflection of a personal story, which has still stayed with me, all these years...the caps are embellished with lace, roses, and vintage velvet millinery flowers and trims....

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I take great care with the dunce caps! 

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Some of the caps are made from the London News from 1890.. I bought a bundle of the vintage ephemera some time ago....

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This smaller version, is in a cone, covered in the rare, vintage paper....

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I love working with paper, it is an amazing medium, and very forgiving...

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Recently, felting has caught my attention as well, these small ball ornaments, dusted with glitter are fun to make...

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A hand ruffled, crepe paper collar...

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I add very little colour to them, preferring a soft, sepia tone over all.

Just as a bit of information, Pulcinella, is a classical character that originated in the commedia dell'arte of the 17th century, and became a stock character in Italian puppetry...It's traditional temperament is mean, nasty, and a bit of a rogue..but, I prefer that the character has a historical, artistic and cultural meaning..a social denounce. That it represents the Neopolitan people as they rebelled against the abuses and humiliations received by the rich and powerful...to live and overcome obstacles.  Stravinsky wrote an opera, Pulcinella.  If I've lost you, perhaps, just simply put, it has my name in it! A logical handle for my Christmas doll! 

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They will be for sale from now, until Christmas...