The Wee Peeple Newsletter
How about those
Pre-Columbian House Sculptures!
This August the Dollmaker initiated an Expedition
into one of her storage sheds!
In a dusty old book box acquired long ago,
she discovered a strange and mysterious
old Natural History Museum Publication
(with curious pictures all over the front and back covers)
Awesome Pre-Columbian Terra-cotta Sculpture
from Ancient Mexico....
and she fell totally in LOVE with these Little Houses!
Check OUT the Roof Designs!
believe it or not, refers to
"Any Art in the Americas made Before Christopher Columbus got here"...
So... before 1492, right.
Well... in "Museum Speak"... "Pre-Columbian" has morphed to mean:
"Any Art in the Americas which was NOT influenced by Meddling Conquerors."
It has been speculated by learned scholars that these adorable little
"House Models" might actually be "Spirit Dwellings"...
(after all... they were found in Tombs...)
So.. The Reader can imagine...
...around 2000 years ago... (100BC-200AD)
There lived a short-legged but long-headed, flat-bodied, majorly hatchet-nosed, smugly unconquered (so far) little King of a someday-to-be-Archeologically Important Indigenous Culture.
He commanded his Artisans to portray, in the signature Local Red Clay, the Everyday Antics of those stretch-headed, post-shaped, curiously hatchet-nosed citizens of his realm, who loved to pack themselves like sardines into adorable little buildings to eat, smoke, sacrifice, fix their hair, and enjoy the company of parrots. And dogs.
And of course the little King would also incidentally be taking all of this Artwork into the Tomb with him when he died. Scholars came up with:
He had religio-ritualistic reasons
for doing this... blah-blah-blah
Now, the Dollmaker could hardly sit still long enough
to read the text accompanying these photographs...
... She wanted to go Build ONE OF THOSE LITTLE HOUSES!
But not with clay.
The Workshop is bustling!
Inspired by Ancient Designs - Doll House Construction begins...
so something is happening here...
Beware! Doll Construction Zone!
Here's an actual Pre-Columbian House Model
for sale on the Internet for $11,000!
The Dollmaker wants one!
Some Dolls Need Arbors...
Some Dolls Need Shrines...
Some Dolls Need Stages....
Some Dolls just need Thrones.
the Luxurious BeadHead Dolls
Love to sit on Thrones and let their hair cascade gloriously around them
in undulating waves of Colorful Yarn
after a hard day at work decorating someone's outfit.
Rogue Female Steampunk Bounty Hunter played by Angela
who was Created by ADO member, and fellow Dollmaker, Jade Perez
Come Back to the Doll Studio
for more arts and crafts!
making Nametags (and More red hat Lady Pins too!)
And then a few days later....
the Crazy Crimsons Celebrate
Notice the Fashion Switch to:
Purple Hat and Red Outfit
On a Red Hatter's Birthday Month, the colors are switched!
A Crazy Crimson Happy Birthday to the August gals!
What's Shakin' in the Backyard with the Wildlife...?
Back in the 1950's
when the Dollmaker was a child and wanted to play with Barbie...
The Answer was... NO WAY!
Naked Barbie dolls were strictly
However! The Dollmaker was allowed to play with (naked) yet
Satisfactorily Anatomically Uninspiring...
The Dollmaker still has All her Trolls!
-and somewhere- in a dusty notebook-
their Names are all carefully recorded-
Also... as you can see...
they didn't stay naked for long!
...Where it all began... yay.
Art Dolls Only
2011 Quarterly Challenge:
PO Box 326 Smithville, TX 78957
and Thanks goes out to: