This one was no different. As I slowly unwrapped the package, I tried to mentally review my choice and remember exactly what she looked like and her name. It seemed to take forever to peel back the layers of tape and paper and bubble wrap. Finally, not one but two packages wrapped in tissue paper popped out. One was labeled SAGE from B.C., a wonderful thank you gift, and the big one was surprisingly heavy.
As the tissue fell away, a Spirit floated up, "Moon Love" from Alder and Birch. I traced her face, smoothed her hair, held her up and reveled in her magnificence and detailed craftsmanship! From her moon-shaped foundation to her lovely blooming hair to her tiny little heart I felt the love radiate from her and the magic. As we grow to know each other over the days and weeks that love grows deeper and my respect for the artists grow, as well. Oftentimes, as with a lot of creative endeavors, making things that look simple entails patience, much creative planning, and a commitment to carrying through a vision to reality.
All of Brigit's Spirit Dolls convey a sense of effortlessness but hers is a skill and a gift that not all possess. She uses combinations that I would never employ but that 'work' conveying magic and wonder. I would collect every doll Brigit has ever made but then no one else would get to experience her magic...and I'd be broke!
My favorite dolls of hers are ones where the face is nestled cocoon-like with closed eyes, cradle a 2nd little moon face and boast of beautiful bead and wire work. I've been able to purchase two of her dolls for my collection, though I want many more and I still puzzle over her techniques which drives me to keep trying new techniques on my own dolls! The funny thing is that the more I try to copy her dolls, the more my dolls take on their own signature style. Oh! I just noticed that this doll has 'Moon' in the name, too. A coincidence? I think not...