February 2022 Issue 180
...Is the Dollmaker back to
Inspired by a curious James Christensen illustration entitled:
"The Burden of the Responsible Man"
... a picture which is delightfully executed and fraught with meaning...
(This man is seriously overburdened.)
But the Dollmaker was mostly just magnetized by the idea of
that ship on his head... What a concept... these
Ship-building- it's a thing with her...
Last time ..the Dolls were inside the ships...
(Building Doll Airships Page)
this time the Dolls are actually sort of.. wearing the ships...
Manned Ships docked on Heads must never be too heavy...
therefore Passengers (or "crews" if you will) had to be lightweight...
( mental capacity - non-applicable... featherbrains ok.)
she happened to stumble across an
" flawed Trolls "
(she Loved that! FLAWED!)
(purchased in bulk on Ebay...)
Ships manned with Trolls were obviously then-
otherwise known as... Party Boats!
Trolls! Right! Who else would be so
charmingly dunderheaded, relentlessly Upstanding, ceaselessly grinning
and so confidently Willing to Travel as Emissaries on
"Ships of Fools"
through "Uncharted Skies"
on vessels made of re-purposed cardboard...
...which, more often than not,
end up grounded on somebody's head!
Imagine the perplexity and -chagrin- of
the individuals whose heads suddenly began to serve as
"Ports of Call"...
The strangeness of being referred to as
What to do when Trolls dock on your head:
Mostly, a ship will be transporting a load of "Passengers"...
site-seers, tourists, wayfaring strangers.. troll-on-the-street types...
every one of them smiling disarmingly..
but "Trolling Trolls" will sometimes cast out a net.. you see..
and, unable to stop themselves, keep Everything in it..
...flotsam, jetsam... most distressingly, rocks!
Some "Hostesses" are not amused.
...when trolls arrive...
What is a Doll to do?
One can remember that Trolls are easily coerced
into standing perfectly still for a Photo-Shoot..
In the case shared here,
the Doll happened to be an acclaimed
and somewhat wily
who ended up strategically incorporating
into her own Avante Garde Collection of Headwear..
and by cleverly adding outlandish tassels
to (what one critic called) the "already offensive vessels"!
instantly hit the mark for Shock Value
and theatrical Overindulgence..
So her advice is: "OWN IT, Baby!"
Point a camera and every Troll will
drop the fish and stand perfectly still!
So she just took charge- of that barge!
Six Trolls and a Castaway Dog..
added to her catalogue...
"Ah! so delightfully droll is a Photogenic Troll..."
"..a Boat with more Tassels is a Boat with less Hassles.."
"Think of a Boat as you would- a Lampshade.."
-oft-repeated "catch phrases" by Zennette Zenboggin, Divisive Designer of Renown
"The thing about Inspiration is:
It takes your mind off of everything else!"
"Haunted Swamp Boat"
For those who are quite understandably careful around
rowdy crowds of naked, flawed, photogenically upright
unnervingly eternally smiling Trolls
blithely sailing vessels with no one at the helm
and often in possession of nets of rocks...
Other, sometimes more benign,
include these wonderful tiny, fully-dressed plastic
The absolute right size to be "passengers"...
..and even as "monochromatic" (gray) figures, they have character...
-but even more jolly than that- they have Roles!
The Dollmaker ordered all "Townspeople" but the Seller sent a few extra figures
And some of those were "Aggressors".
Impacted this week by a certain country that's "gone rogue", the Dollmaker
used those "Aggressor Figures" to man this boat:
The Folly of Aggression
The robe of the Doll is studded with gemstones to indicate
the Wealth of the Earth.
yes, every once in a while the Dollmaker
will comment on World Events...
But more often, the Dollmaker prefers the feel of a single Traveler....
..paired with an "Old Salt" Host who has done a bit of traveling, himself...
...and- though "flawed" - the Trolls do possess a certain
"Joy of Color"
...if somewhat limited in "depth of character"...
And for the moment
they bask in Relevance, as "Passengers"
while the Dollmaker experiments with
more and more bizarre ship designs...
Remember those old Fish Assemblages the Dollmaker used to make...?
Those are also beginning to take on a new Relevance.....
as "Fish Who Circle The Boat."
the Dollmaker chooses a focus.
An improvement in some area of Doll Construction..
Hands will hold objects more effectively...
Other than that, the Dollmaker is pretty much Hibernating.
Enjoy the end of February's blustery fling-
The buds on the trees say it's almost Spring....
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