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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Smoke On Water

For my grandmother’s 90th birthday her daughter, my Aunt Kathy, sent her an amazing gift. Kathleen Ingalls is a doll artist in every sense of the word.

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She begins by studying photographs and spends hours on historical research before creating a handmade mold for the head and hands.

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Then months of work, such as hand beading, goes into creating the costume.

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I would say that at least 98% of what goes into each of her dolls and puppets are created by hand.

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Her realistic attention to detail is unparalleled.

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It is amazing what she transforms for authenticity~ chicken feathers, rabbit fur and many other found objects. The hair used on the pants and headdress is horse hair. Just as it probably was in the original photograph.

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She hand painted each feather. Look at the fringe on the jacket! The leather she tanned herself.

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Smoke on Water was a member of the Lakota Tribe.

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My Aunt Kathy has been featured in doll magazines and has created several custom orders.

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She is, in my opinion, a master artist in every sense of the word.

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What do you excel at?

Laura

16 comments :

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Wow Laura I am in awe at her amazing work! Does she have a website or anywhere online to see some more of her creations?

Miss Sandy said...

Wow! Her attention to detail is incredible and the skill is just amazing. Thank you for sharing this brilliant piece of art.

Kristín Ketilsdóttir said...

Wonderful art crafts ♥

Perfectly Printed said...

Amazing work!! What wonderful gift, made with love.

chris

Marty Oravetz said...

Oh my word Laura, this is totally amazing. I can't imagine the amount of hours it would take to create something like this. Totally unreal and absolutely exquisite. Hope all is well. Hugs, Marty

April said...

What skilled, resourceful, amazing artistry!
I cannot imagine having the VISION, let alone the PATIENCE, to attempt to do something so fine.
She's truly a gifted person.
Wow.

Vicki said...

Wow! What an awesome talent Aunt Kathy possesses. Her work is magnificent. The detail is just awesome. What a special gift for your grandmother.
I used to tell my kids that my talent was how fast I can type! haha My #1 hobby is counted cross-stitch.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow!! Her creation is just AMAZING!! I love love love all the beading!

It's All Connected said...

Thanks, Laura, for sharing your aunt's wonderful art. I can't imagine the hours and vision that goes into her artistry! ~ Maureen

Auntie Em said...

Absolutely beautiful work! Quite obvious that artistic talent runs in your family! :)

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

THAT is absolutely incredible.
Gonna have to show hubby that.
SUCH talent!
Hope all is well my dear!
Bonne Weekend!
Angela

Bloggymom said...

Beautiful detailed work!!

openid said...

Laura,

I am looking at your photos in complete awe. Your Aunt Kathy is an artist indeed. Her attention to detail is incredible. Thank you for sharing her talent with us.

Your Friend,
Deborah
FairfieldHouseNJ.com

The Boston Lady said...

This is amazing. What a gift of time, talent and love. Beautiful. Ann

Craftymoose Crafts said...

This is a most beautiful art doll! The detail is amazing right down to the veins in the hands & neck! This was such a labor of love.

Vel Baricuatro-Criste, MD said...

Beautiful! I wish to collect beautiful dolls like these someday. :-)