Art For The Soul

Spirit Art Dolls

Spirit dolls have been made been made through the ages by different cultures around the world and are thought to bring love, joy, good health and prosperity to their owners.They have been made to celebrate occasions and for rituals; to give to friends and family and other loved ones as gifts or to hang in your home or car or to just hold for meditative, healing or comfort purposes.

I believe I first came across them a few years ago when I discovered the website of bead artist Robin Atkins and purchased her book Spirit Dolls. In it she explains how to make Spirit Dolls as well as how to decorate them with beads and describes the techniques used. This book and other articles I read on the web inspired me to create my own versions of these dolls. I’m still inspired to make them and continue to develop my technique and skills in making them. I often put dried herbs and/or crystal gem chips inside of the dolls and have even made some of the dolls into brooches. Such as the two shown here.

Hope to be making some more in the New Year!

LilygraceOriginals

Hazel is a Fine Artist living in Wiltshire, UK, and has a shop on Etsy which she named after her grandmother Lily Grace.
Over the years Hazel has dabbled in Stained Glass, Embroidery, Patchwork, Lampwork Glass beads and Dummy Board Painting. She say though, that her top creative passions are making high quality Jewellery, Fairies, and Painting.
Each item is a one of a kind original. Hazel never just repeats a design.


LilygraceOriginals is truly full of amazing treasures and unfortunately, I can’t show them all here, so please do go and take a look for yourself, at:

Morag Lloyds

Morag is inspired by ancient cultures, textiles and buildings. She loves social history,travel,and spending hours in museums. All of these influences filter into her art and designs.

I am in awe of her many talents and use of vibrant colours!

She has worked in Batik, printmaking including etching, screenprint, relief print, oils, watercolours (see below: TRAVELLING LIGHT), acrylic and mixed media.

More recently she has taken to working with felt and combining this with textile threads and silk to create jewellery designs inspired by ancient cultures (see right photo: NEEDLE FELTED BROOCH WITH FABRIC AND THREADS AND FINISHED OFF WITH SOME WOODEN BEADS). Her work has for many years been showing in galleries around the UK.

Morag’s work can be seen and purchased online at the following venues:
http://www.folksy.com/shops/Routes
http://en.dawanda.com/shop/Ilovecolour
http://parkave.etsy.com/
http://http/ /www.flickr.com/photos/parkaveart/