Even though I don't speak spanish, I am proud of my puerto rican heritage and culture. The island of Puerto Rico is a great tourist destination because of it's year round warm weather, historical landmarks, white sand beaches, good food and friendly people. If you ever get a chance to visit PR you must plan to see one of the bio-luminescent bays. (PR has three of only five in the world!) One of the well known locations is off of Vieques. At night you can see the water magically light up and glow. It's like the evening forest scene in the film Avatar. This rare and remarkable phenomenon is caused by millions of super super tiny luminescent half plant/half animal organisms that light up when disturbed by movement.* I always leave the waters amazed at the wonders of Creation.
This next doll I have created pays homage to the lovely Puerto Rico and it's fascinating waters. She is named after my grandmother, Ilia.
Ilia stands 12" tall in a traditional Puerto Rican dress. The bottom of her skirt is layered with white, red and blue papers accented with two yellow stripes. Her waist is tied with a long yellow sash and the top of her blouse has several layers of lace. Her hair is tied back in a bun with a red carnation tucked in. She has an under-slip trimmed with lace trim which reaches to her black mary jane shoes. She comes with her custom stand, a Puerto Rico magnet and a glass jar filled with bay water, seaweed and two seashells from Vieques.**
Here are some details about the dolls...
The dolls are made using paper mache with a paper clay overlay. They have a wire armature running throughout their bodies including their hands and feet. The arms, legs and head are movable as they are connected to the body with nut/screw joints. They are painted with professional quality acrylic paints and sealed with a matte sealer. Their clothes, hair, accessories and accompanying "gifts" are made entirely of paper (ie; paper mache, paper clay, cardboard, mulberry paper, paper tape, etc.) (unless otherwise noted) or they are painted on. The clothing is not removable. Dolls are signed and dated on their bottoms which may be hidden by their clothes. Each doll is about 12" tall and comes with her own coordinating cardboard stand.
Care and use of dolls...
Since these are art dolls, they are not made for children. Especially due to the fragile nature of paper, they are to be handled very carefully. Imperfections in construction and execution may be visible and should be expected since they are handmade. They should not be placed in direct sunlight or in humid environments. They should not be held by the arms or legs but by the waist or the behind. The dolls can sit and be posed with careful and delicate attention to their clothing and hair. They should not be forced to sit or move if there is resistance as this could cause a crack in the paper clay or a tear in the paper. Keep clean with a dry cloth, paint brush, duster or dust it off with a cool hair dryer every now and then. Please note that the more they are played with, the less resilient they become. (Excuse me if I sound overly cautious; the dolls are sturdily made so with proper care they should last over a lifetime.)* Information on the waters of Vieques: http://www.biobay.com/
Puerto Rico Tourism: http://welcome.topuertorico.org/city/vieques.shtml
** The magnet is commercially made of resin. The jar and its contents are not made of paper.
Inspiration for outfit: http://www.life.com/image/50918874