It normally takes a while to understand a doll's wishes. Some days they whisper and at other times they yell. They blatantly refuse or they cunningly negotiate. But mostly, I could say with a straight face, we do get along nicely.
And then there are dolls with some sort of witchery. They go about in soft movements, almost gliding into your life and hands; they bring about such force that you feel your ideas fermenting at incredible speed; the look at you with the gentle beauty of a flower head, with their starling eyes, their warmed up cheeks, their tranquil demeanour. Such dolls are like a liquorice wand, a chocolate-covered frog, an all-flavoured bean... for the initiated.
I have had Seraphita in my head since the time I created Pomona. I "intended" to create them as sisters. The beauty with the flaxen hair, the one with the dark tresses. Some sort of Snow White and Rose Red (but not the snow white you are thinking of), as is one of my daughters' favourite fairy tales to the day. But, things went their way, Pomona wanted out much sooner than I could muster Seraphita and so they came to be at different points in time. Such occurrences are common place in this crazy dwelling. One plans, the dolls postpone. In a way, I am very glad it was so. Because I had time to ponder, to knit, to gather more energy and to create Seraphita in the true likeness of who she is. A girl who plays hide and seek, who loves to wear hats (wether that is their intended purpose or not) and who has a changeling expression: some times she looks forlorn into the distance and at others she whispers a little smile to you with her pretty kissy mouth.
You see, Seraphita wanted to be introduced by herself, not as the second leg of the journey with Pomona. Oh no, she is not one for taking a step back. She wanted my whole attention (which never really happens as I am always working on several dolls at the same time anyways), she wanted the "whole thing" to herself. So we agreed and here she is now. With her dragon-taming hood and her beautiful eyes. I hope you are interested in meeting her because she is a real treat. A real treat.
Seraphita is an 18" tall Petite Fig (a new style of doll this year). She is made with all natural materials, cotton jersey, wool stuffing and alpaca locks for hair. She is a doll intended for an older child 8+ or an adult collector. Even though she is quite tall, she is of extremely dainty proportions. She mirrors the body of a 10 year old. She will become available soon, once her clothing and "extras" are finished. She will most likely be sold via auction but we haven't decided yet (we always struggle to make up our minds). My husband created a magnificent item to add to the roost, but they will both become available for purchase separately. I can't wait to show you what he made! (insert many more exclamation points please).
To be continued.