It is remarkable how a chance encounter can alter the direction my art is going. In September, while visiting Palm Springs, CA, I happened upon an amazing fabric and bead store called Monica’s, one of the best I’ve ever seen. Besides the dazzling collection of fabrics and beads to choose from they had a bead challenge project going on. I was drawn to the little bag of cloth, beads, leather and assorted other things as I enjoy working with materials on hand to create my dolls. After a trip to a pipe store for pipe cleaners and a visit to a pharmacy for a needle and thread kit I was ready to begin.
She really is an artifact born out of my experiences of visiting Palm Springs for the first time. On a trip to Indian Canyon our guide told us about the lake beneath the desert floor and how the palms were like lilies drinking in the water. Other influences for the doll included the resident hummingbird at our complex and the amazing flowering cacti everywhere. A celebration of life in the desert really is what she’s all about.