The gypsies I created for the challenge remain some of my favourite dolls and I have not parted with them. I present them as the three stages of womanhood and the cycle of life; the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone.
The first gypsy is Zinghera, Maiden Gypsy made in 2001, theme "Gypsy of the World". The maiden represents purity, beauty and the innocence of childhood dreams. She reminds us all to look after the magical child that lies within us. This doll won the "Best of Show" in 2001.
|Shown with her young cat Mimi, Zinghera has travelled the world and returned home with many treasures that she will eagerly show to all her family and friends.|
|Side view showing crazy quilting and embroidery.|
|Close up of her face. (I used multiply body parts from different patterns to create her).|
|Her hand made shoes.|
|She won the "Gypsy Choice" award in 2003.|
|A close-up of her face (from a Kooky Davis mold, cloth overlay). Her turban has the signs of the zodiac and hand felted and beaded "night stars".|
|A back view showing her embroidered cape that is hand beaded with images of the night sky.|
|Her faithful, aging cat "Mimi"|
The Crone is the wise, old woman who imparts wisdom and is called upon in times of loss. She is wild and free and represents the strength in all of us. Notice that "Mimi" is gone but in her place is a rebirth, a young white kitten to start the cycle of life again.
|Back view showing her cape (made in part using a Sari)|
|A final look at the Crone Gypsy and the start of the circle of life in the Kitten.|