The Indy Art Doll Makers Club challenged its members to create a doll inspired by a bird. I chose the Hoopoe bird.
The hoopoe was selected as the national bird of Israel in 2008. The hoopoe used to be very populous in Israel. They have significantly declined in the area due to a decrease in their natural habitat. Now hoopoes are found mostly in Africa and Europe. They are very colorful birds and known for the spiky crown of feathers at the top of their heads.
The bright yellow feathers symbolize the joy and hope of finally being free and looking at the bright future that lies ahead. This is a good symbol for those who have recently felt lost, anxious, or depressed but found a reason to look forward to the future.
Hope is an original paper clay doll that has been hand sculpted and painted. Her gown is hand dyed silk. Her “wings and tail” are hand painted with dye on silk. Her hat is created with silk and feathers. Her hair is English mohair. She is posed as if she were ready to fly away.