Liz Pearce - New Zealand
I am a mature woman who has had a life-long love of textiles. Acknowledging that I was an artist never entered my consciousness as I trained as a teacher and raised a family. In hindsight I see that creativity; curiosity; contemplation; lateral thinking; openness to possibility and a love of process underpinned all that I did.
My first adult encounter with doll making was about 20 years ago. I read 2 books. “Mother Plays With Dolls” by Elinor Peace Bailey and “Doll Making As A Transformative Process” by Pamela Hastings. My heart pounded with excitement as I immediately knew this art form was for me. A simple human form which could express what my soul needed to say. I am self taught and work intuitively most of the time.
My passion is working with textiles, especially those which already have a story embedded in their construction and use, e.g. old linens and tablecloths. I transform these materials into dolls, textile figures and soft sculptures.
Each figure is a story teller and a story keeper. The starting point for each textile sculpture is my own life story. Perhaps a life event or a reaction to a world event; an encounter with interesting materials or immersion in poetry or art; responding to the seasons or prayer. The act of creating is an act of self-discovery and transformation; of encountering wisdom and healing.
Every aspect of doll making makes my soul sing. Exploring ideas and concepts. Designing sculptural forms. Auditioning fabrics and embellishments. Cutting and stitching. Mounting or posing the figures. Sharing their stories in person and on-line.
The integrity and authenticity of this creative process speaks to others. They hear the story. They feel the energy. We are connected in our humanity.
Description of Photos in Order
Ageism made as I dealt with finding myself unemployed and unemployable
Bird Woman made to celebrate the beautiful green fabric I was given
Bitch made as I processed an unexpected divorce
Buffy a selfie
Dollmaker a different selfie, more joyous
Empty Nest made after my youngest left home
Friends for the journey companionship during difficult times
Job one of a series exploring workplace bullying
Just Checkin' a reminder to myself to check for lumps
Reclaiming my identity after divorce
Silas and Grace the first 2 dolls in a 100 day challenge
The Silence Keepers acknowledging trauma
Stitch Myself a Boyfriend exploring relationship
The Apple re-visiting disempowerment of women in institutional church