Thursday, August 20, 2009

Calypso Finished!

Here's Calypso.

I'm sure I could keep working on this doll for a while, but I'll stop with her for now! I worked on her features more, gave her some tattoos on her cheeks and chin, added ears and earrings, made her a necklace, put some beads in her hair, and finished up lots of loose edges. She sits on a candlestick which has a red glass globe.


The character that inspired her, Tia Dalma from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie, is depicted with what look like tattoos on her cheeks and chin. Curious as to their origin, I did some research and discovered that these types of markings are actually facial scarification. These scars are created to express personal beauty as well as for identity and social status. I found some beautiful images taken of people from remote areas of Africa by British photographer John Kenny.

She has little shell-buttons sewed to her skirt.

She's not meant to depict one particular culture or person, but is a combination of many different images that I came across in my research. I see her as a gypsy pirate queen influenced by many cultures.

5 comments:

franberry said...

Wow!

Jo James said...

Brilliant (as always)!
LOVE the red textury goodness of that bodice fabric. Did I say already say brilliant? Brilliant!

Allegro Melody said...

ooh thanks! The torso is made with upholstery fabric. I almost didn't add the corset because there were two wonderful swirls on the front...

Fabby Dolls said...

I love this doll! The hair, the fair - just beautiful. I have also used upholstery fabric in my dolls. Thanks for sharing! Deena

Allegro Melody said...

Thank you!