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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Berthas, Bettys and Belluahs

Hello Friends,
I know it's been a long time. Between falling down,
working, death, and life, it's been really busy.
I live for my weekends and this is what I did
on Sunday morning. As many of you already know,
I am a Geechee Girl or Gullah Geechee.
I come from a long line of strong men and woman who
all could either cook, sing, dance, preach, or tell
a tale. In honor of my Great Grammy , Grammy and mom
I did this collage called Berthas, Bettys and Bellauhs named
after some of the woman in my family.
I adore the Russian nesting dolls, but I have never seen
any African american ones, SO, I made my own, but started
it out as this collage piece.
Can't wait to show you the nesting dolls. It's a weekend project
so it won't be for a while. Hope that all of you are
doing well and being creative. Sending you all
the positive energy I can muster up.
Have a great week!


Anonymous said...

Nice collage work!

Eric Barclay said...

Beautiful! Would make a wonderful print.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Love these Vanessa!
The collage seemed to capture the feel of the old handmade dolls--some I have whose dresses were made from fabrics pieced together.
Take care my friend---I'm still under the weather, but your work brightens my day!
Love you much!♥


Indigene said...

I just love them! :) I've been missing you. Sending you girlfriend hugs and out loud laughter. :)

Tracy Bishop said...

I love this collage work! It's so you and it's always so nice to see your experimentations.

justdoodleit said...

Nice painterly feel to this one.

Lisa M Griffin said...

looking forward to seeing more.. and my memere was a Bertha too! And boy could she cook.
thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week. :)

GlorV1 said...

Hi Vanessa, long time no see. Hope all is well. I love your 3 B's. Excellent work. Great to see you!

rachel awes said...

brilliant nesting dolls, dear love! they are gorgeous!
i would totally nest HERE.
yes. with all the b's.
& happily be. xox

Trauma F Newell said...

Hi Vanessa, I love your Collage Dolls and I can't wait to see your nesting dolls when you finish them. Vanessa I would love to see your collage on kitchen items like dish towels, oven mitts, aprons, dishes and canisters. Vanessa think about girlfriend! Smooches!! Have a fabulous weekend.

Melissa Saylor said...

This is truly wonderful. I can't stand it. Love, love, love!

Tomás Serrano said...

Vanessa, this is fantastic, so original. Excelent.

Ms. Dee said...

I love the collage, and can't wait to see the dolls!

Bella Sinclair said...

Ooooh, these are GREAT! I agree, nesting should not just be a Russian thing. What a loving and wonderful way to pay homage to all the strong, incredible women in your family. The little itty bitty baby in the middle -- will that be little Z? :) Have fun with the project. I can't wait to see it!!!


Tamara Henderson said...

Hi Vanessa, Lovely collage!

Laura Zarrin said...

Beautiful collage! I agree that they also feel like handmade dolls. I just love them! Thanks also for the Gullah link. I love history, but had never heard of them. What a gift they were able to preserve.

yoon see said...

Always so fascinating and what a blessing to be able to be with you here a while sister Vanessa!

Damion009 said...

your work is so crazy beautiful!!!

Carin Bramsen said...

What a fabulous idea!!! This collage is gorgeous, and I cannot wait to see the nesting dolls.

k.h.whitaker said...

Heya Buttercup! How are you? I loooooove this and I wanna see those nesting dolls. I love nesting dolls and yours are going to be fab. It's so much fun to find nesting dolls that are unique. I have to ask, did you find a set to paint or are you doing paper mache or some other creative thing that I can't think of? Well, whatever it is, I am sure that they will turn out great.

Unknown said...

What an awesome idea! Seriously I could see the dolls becoming very popular in the African American community. I think you're onto something besides just the great artwork. :)

Janine said...

Hi Vanessa,
your ancestor- nesting doll- collage is soooo gorgeous.
I can see you having fun while playing around with colours and glue.
Have a great day

lincoln said...

Beautiful use of collage on these— and it works with the subject matter! love to see a traditional animation done in your style, it's so fresh and sincere in it's approach.

Anonymous said...

Please consider actually making these nesting dolls.