The Great Mother series of my one of a kind hand carved Vasilisa Comfort Dolls have their roots in my feelings of connection to the Feminine Divine.
I am influenced by images of the Goddess in all her ways of Being, as well as the Black Madonna, and by my dreams, drawings and tapestries, as well as my love of Sacred Geometry. I have a passion for flowers, especially the wild roses that bloom so freely here in Western Canada, so they are an important element in my work- for their connection to the Feminine Divine and for how they symbolize how I am rooted to the land I gratefully live on.
Each of these Great Mother Vasilisa Comfort Dolls is an expression of healing energy and of all the ways that LOVE unfolds in us and around us. My intention is to create one of a kind dolls that will lift the heart of the person who interacts with them.
I also see these dolls as a way of connecting our Present Self to our Future Self, and also to the Inner Child that still lives inside of each of us.
They are lovely to hold in the palm of your hand, but also to have in a special place like an altar or on a shelf with other treasured objects of contemplation, meditation and prayer.
I use all kinds of wood to carve them. I love using upcycled wood (including pieces of old pianos that have come to the end of their playing life, so our friend, a piano tuner, passes pieces of wood from the dead pianos to wood carvers and furniture makers to ensure that the wood is re-created into something lovely).
We are often given logs or pieces of trees from our neighborhood to burn in our wood burning stove.
But, we don’t want to just burn these precious trees that have lived long and lovely lives and then died.
So, my husband has built a sawmill from an old bandsaw, and he cuts slabs of wood from the pieces of log so we can make art with the wood, giving new life to the trees.
Here’s one of the Great Mother Dolls on one of the slabs (I carved her from another one of the slabs):
The average height of the Great Mother dolls is about 4 inches, but it does vary with some of the dolls.
If you wish to purchase one of the Great Mother dolls, please post a note in the comments and I will get back to you asap.
GREAT MOTHER: DREAMING OF PEACE (MOTHER AND CHILD)
GREAT MOTHER: HOSPITALITY:
Vasilisa Comfort Doll: Great Mother- Holding Close
Vasilisa Comfort Doll: Great Mother- Water of Life
Vasilisa Comfort Doll: Great Mother- Dream of Greening
Vasilisa Comfort Doll: Great Mother- Rose Child
Vasilisa Comfort Doll: Great Mother- Paradox
Vasilisa Comfort Doll: Great Mother- Forgive
The Vasilisa Comfort Doll: Great Mother Series has subsets –
One of the groupings that has emerged is the ‘Sisters and Aunties’
Here are the first 3…. Singing Together:
I love how they work together. I drew their shapes on the wood all at the same time, so it makes sense to me that they would form such a good trio.
The Vasilisa Comfort Doll: Great Mother Series – ‘Sisters and Aunties’
Great Mother Series – ‘Sisters and Aunties’ – Courage
Great Mother Series – ‘Sisters and Aunties’ – Dreams of Roses and Greening
GREAT MOTHER: Courage (Dreaming and Waking)
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