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Leslie Sirag

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Leslie Sirag of Olympia, Washingon is the originator of this doll.
The arrival of this doll puzzled me greatly, as when I opened up the box to see what surprise was in store for me, it was, well, a box. No journal accompanied the doll, so I spent some time scratching my head, trying to figure out which direction to take it in, and trying to read the originating artist's wishes.
I finally decided that because I was the last stop, that I would "complete" the doll, so to speak. I gave her a pear for a head, and attached a polymer clay face, sculpted of Cernit clay, laid over a snippet of the sheer fabric that had been affixed to the inside of the box. As a nature theme seemed predominant, I settled on some feather shoulders and twig sleeves. The hands are shrink plastic, my left hand sketched on a sheet of paper, which I scanned into my photo program and duped as a mirror image, then printed out on an inkjet printer.
The top of the box as asking for something, and I found just the thing. I had just finished reading Dan Brown's "The DaVinci Code" and felt that 'the divine feminine' was a good theme for a new millenium. I picked up the rose petal theme from the paper inside the box, and encased some silk rose petals within a shadow box, along with mini Mona. Some tiny scrabble tiles were then added to the outer frame of the shadow box.
For the inside, I capitalized on the twigs which protruded into the box used to attach the shoulders and perched a bird on top of them. I overlaid some letter tiles onto the inside cover of the box atop a handwritten message, and added a few other embellishments—a silk rose petal and a little metal word tag. And finally, a feather egg was glued within. Voila, she was complete!