Sunday, January 6, 2008

The Red Thread

"An invisible red thread connects those
who are destined to meet,
Regardless of time, place or circumstance.
The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break."
Chinese Proverb


I came across this proverb just a few months ago and it really struck a chord with me. So many of my dearest friends are the type of people that strike me as "I feel like I have known you my whole life!" I wanted to incorporate this proverb somehow into a doll/dolls that would show this. I had also been sketching ideas for dolls that would center around the idea of the FATES from mythology. The two ideas collided and thus the dolls, The RED THREAD were born.



The dolls are approximately 10" tall. They are paperclay covered with cloth. The clothing of the dolls is pieced and quilted together.

The first doll is the one who spins the thread and finds the joy of life in the "making". The second doll finds her joy in the beauty of the creation....and simply enjoys "being". The third doll finds her joy in the knowing and understanding of "completion". Each one is complete unto herself...but becomes so much more as she is connected to the others.

To all my dear friends who are and who are yet to be, I dedicate these dolls to you! May this new year bring you joy in the "making", "being" and completion" of your artistic endeavors.

13 comments:

daydreamstudios said...

What a beautiful post! Such thought went into these lovely dolls. Thank you for sharing.
Karla

Rita said...

Oh, Angela:

You illustrated this thought so beautifully, as always. Love -- Rita

Nathalie Thompson said...

Angela, You've struck a chord. The trio of dolls is exquisite! The proverb and your explaination of each doll put a lump in my throat. I hope you get this group published or shown.

Tami said...

I've always loved images of the three Fates and yours are delightful and sweet.

Kai said...

That's right! Make me cry on this cold, rainy day! LOL! I LOVE that quote! And your dolls? Exquisite! I hope you won't mind if I copy that quote. I have a 'surrogate' sister (Meimei) who is Chinese and I'd like to cross stitch that for her! Your blog is AWESOME! I'm going to spend some SERIOUS time visiting!

Shashi Nayagam said...

What a beautiful idea. Love the dolls they are full of motion and grace. Wishing for you a future full of happiness and joy.

Folksie Linda said...

Hi Angela, That is truly amazing... you are a wonderful artist... digging deep into the soul! I just love the dolls...only one word i can think of that describes them...amazing!
Hugs, Folksie Linda

Spokane Gal said...

How very beautiful.

Kims Art said...

Yes, you need to get those published. They are truley wonderful! I am a doll artist also, and they are unique. I am going to add you to my links. I Love it!

Cheryl said...

What a lovely representation of the thought(s).

Beverly said...

Beautiful. The proverb and the interpretation. Your are truly gifted.

MaryO said...

Your work is always insightful and thought provoking, and as usual I'm in awe of your talent! This is a wonderful grouping!
Love, Jalapeno

Carolyn said...

The proverb & your dolls really moved me ... What a beautiful soul you have & talent too ... you are truly blessed ... I'm adding you to my places to visit for sure ...