After some colleagues and I completed our Minime Colaboration (May 2015), we discussed future collaborations and this idea of an all boy doll exhibit arose out of our discussions. Boys. we all know them, we birthed some of them either in the flesh or in our imaginations. We love them as friends and brothers, dads, sons and lovers.
Yet as dolls, boys are more rare. So often we have pressure to make the next pretty face, the next beautiful girl. But what is a cherished boy if not beautiful? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt3IOdDE5iA
And so, this exhibit is in honor of the boys we love in our dreams, imaginations, and in our homes. My first son who is eleven, is Jasper and he was my muse for this doll.
This is a recent picture of him taken after a long day of playing outside.
And, in fact, my son was also a co-collaborator on this project as well. He served as the doll’s mind and thoughts and wrote his penpal a letter on parchment paper that he made himself.
He designed his sword and armor and he made them with cardboard, wood, tape, a bit of leather, and school glue and water. There is an original dragon sketch on the chest plate that my son thought would bring dignity and courage to the look.
In addition, and importantly, I often ask my son for advice on colors and style. He has always been a maker from the time he was a baby and usually has a really definitive idea of what he likes and doesn’t like. He chose the old tarp fabric I used to make the doll’s cargo shorts from several choices I was toying with.
Jasper the doll has the Inviting Play armature system; buried deep inside his woolly muscles is an armature that allows his legs and arms and neck to bend and hold gentle poses. He is firm and feels just like a wool doll without armature. He’s also perhaps the biggest and oldest (has the longest most mature proportions) doll that I have ever made.
His hair is made from alpaca fiber and has been dyed in a variety of natural shades of strawberry blonde. It is a boyish mess of curls and strands and defies the comb and brush. Jasper likes to sweep aside the too long strands from his eyes with his hand.
Jasper the doll is a anatomically correct made to represent a prepubescent boy.
Jasper will come with cotton boxer briefs, socks sewn from real socks that my son’s Oma knitted for him, wool and leather hiking shoes that fasten with a bit of elastic over wooden buttons, weathered cargo shorts with an overlarge collecting pocket and a loop for hanging swords, knives, or wands; a soft cotton blue t-shirt, a hand-knit hat made from soft alpaca yarn, and a couple other goodies and layers.
Jasper the doll will be for sale in the Slugs and snails Hyena Cart store on May 26, 2016 at 8:05pm Eastern time: http://hyenacart.com/penpals2016/st/8306/93867/Jasper-age-11-in-wool-and-cotton-with-cardboard-weapon-