August 15, 2013

St. Bernadette...

This is the "creation" I began last week.  It is my version of a Santos doll.

The Santos dolls take their name from the Spanish word for Saint, and are also known as Santons (French) and Santibelli (Italian). The Santos that started the genre of dolls we currently represent (primarily Spanish Colonial and Western European style), were originally started as copies of 17th century carvings by priests. Originally, Santos were created for use as in-home altars.  They were needed in small villages that did not have a priest, as well as for when it was not possible to travel to church, such as during times of war.  Their development flourished in Europe  in the 1700's and 1800's, primarily due to these wars.

I named her St. Bernadette in honor of my dad (Bernard) since I used one of his old carpenter rulers to make the base for the doll.  


You saw how this all began last week...

 The body is crafted from a paper towel core, styrofoam egg for head (I had to shave this down quite a bit - way too big for the body!)  Form covered with paper clay.  It took 3 days to dry because our AC went on the fritz last week!  I used 1/4" dowels as support for limb support.

A profile only a mother could love - her nose is rather "manly"


I cannot begin to tell you how much fun it is to create a doll out of basically nothing.  The supplies were minimal.  I feel like I actually gave birth.  I love her!!  She measures approximately 18" tall.


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14 comments:

Linda said...

How very cool Pat, love the progress pics and especially the end result! Love those carpenter rulers too

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Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh WOW...now that is quite the amazing creation. I love it :)

Jeanie said...

This may be one of my favorites of all I've seen you do. She's incredibly beautiful and I really appreciate seeing the method you used to put her together. The rulers are a stroke of genius, as is the paper towel holder. For a long time, I couldn't quite figure out what that was -- I kept looking for the cardboard inner tube! Duh! She has a great face, and I have a feeling that many more than her mother will love her! I do -- and so will the rest of your bloggies!

Sherri B. said...

Wow, such thoughtful and detailed work...and amazing results! She's beautiful.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

wow! You are very talented. She is gorgeous and her name fits her very well.

Lynn said...

Bernadette is spectacular, can I use spectacular, amazing, beautiful, unique and she, your creation is simply wonderful.

Pride In Photos said...

You say, how much fun it would be to create this from the start, can I tell you how STRESSED I would be?? Keep showing us your creative beauty♥

Diane Baker-Williams said...

How fun. Thank you for sharing your unique talent.

June Caedmon said...

She is beautiful, Pat! As with any truly lovely creation, the process is all part of what makes her so beautiful. Congrats!

Sylvia said...

What a precious doll, Pat !
So nice to see how you've created this art work !
Nice Sunday,
Sylvia

Carmel said...

If she were mine...I would love her dearly.....she is adorable.

Kia said...

Such a great result, Pat, brava!! :)

Linneas Atelje said...

So fantastic well made!
You are a true talent <3
Linneas Atelje Photography