Soft Sculpture Sculpture I Voodoo Dolls, Guardian Angel Dolls, Ugly Dolls, etc.

Soft Sculpture
Sculpture I
Voodoo Dolls, Guardian Angel Dolls,
Ugly Dolls, etc.
Student examples
“I started doodling some little monsters, and when it came time do to it, I had two that I
couldn’t decide between. That’s the reason I made two of them.”-Emily Bever
“There are two pieces to my sculpture so that I can keep one and my best friend can keep
the other. Wherever we go we will always have them with us to be a reminder of our
friendship.”- Mary Genova
• Students will create a soft sculpture
using a pattern, fabric and the whip
stitch to create a “creature” which
mimics either the ugly doll, guardian
angel doll, voodoo doll, or other
cultural doll. Final soft sculpture
should measure at least 12” in height
or width and display applique &
decorative stitching in at least one area
of the sculpture.
• Soft Sculpture: Soft sculpture is a type of sculpture made using cloth,
foam rubber, plastic, paper, fibers and similar material that are supple and
nonrigid. It was popularized by Claes Oldenburg in the 1960s.
• Sewing: To join or attach with stitching.
• Whip stitch: To sew with overcast stitches or stitches passing over an edge.
Used in finishing a fabric edge or binding two pieces of fabric together.
• Cross stitch: X-shaped stitches created in a tiled pattern to form a picture.
• Running Stitch: or straight stitch is the basic stitch in hand-sewing and
embroidery, on which all other forms of sewing are based. The stitch is
made by passing the needle in and out of the fabric. Running stitches may
be of varying length.
• Spool:The holder of thread. There are wooden spools, plastic spools,
cardboard tube spools, and cone spools, as well as others.
• Thimble: protective devices for your middle finger when doing hand
Terms Continued:
• Pattern: anything fashioned or designed to serve as a model or
guide for something to be made: ex. a paper pattern for a dress.
• Applique: Sewing a piece of fabric atop another after folding under
a small bit of the fabric to create a clean edge.
• Embellish: Adding special stitching, appliques, charms, or other
decorations to your sewing project. Anything that adds something
extra to the original design.
• Raw (edge) The edge of fabric that is not stitched or finished.
• Seam: The result when two pieces of fabric are sewn together
along a line.
• Slit: An open part of a seam, the bottom usually…often left for
Running Stitch
Cross Stitch
Whip stitch
History of Soft Sculpture
• Pop Art: art in which commonplace objects (such as comic
strips, soup cans, road signs, and hamburgers) were used as
subject matter and were often physically incorporated in the
work. The Pop art movement was largely a British and
American cultural phenomenon of the late 1950s and ’60s
and was named by the art critic Lawrence Alloway. Works by
such Pop artists as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Claes
Oldenburg, and Robert Indiana were characterized by their
portrayal of any and all aspects of popular culture that had a
powerful impact on contemporary life; their iconography—
taken from television, comic books, movie magazines, and all
forms of advertising—Although the critics of Pop art
described it as vulgar, sensational, nonaesthetic, and a joke,
its proponents (a minority in the art world) saw it as an art
that was democratic and nondiscriminatory, bringing together
both connoisseurs and untrained viewers.
• Ugly Dolls: From the creative minds of two love struck
artists David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim emerge the Uglydoll family!
What started as a drawing of a playful orange character known as
Wage has turned into a whole new world of fun! In 2001, when
David's soon to be wife and creative partner Sun-Min had to return to
Korea, he sent her many "I miss you" letters with his little Wage
character drawn at the bottom.
Sun-Min sewed Wage into a plush doll and sent him to David as a
surprise gift. David asked Sun-Min to sew a couple more for the Giant
Robot store in Los Angeles and they sold out in one day! A very
excited Sun-Min sewed many more and those sold just as fast! SunMin and David then began to pull more characters from the
Uglyverse, a universe where UGLY meant unique and special, to
translate into plush Uglydolls. They both met again at their very first
Uglydoll Toy Fair booth (a small 6x6 booth made of felt and wood) in
New York, where they would go on to win Toy Of The Year 4 years
• Voodoo Dolls:
Originated in Haiti. It is based upon a merging
of the beliefs and practices of West African peoples with Roman
Catholic Christianity, which was brought about as African slaves
were brought to Haiti in the 16th century and forced to convert to
the religion of their owners, whilst they largely still followed their
traditional African beliefs.
• Voodoo tradition was brought to the New Orleans region by
African slaves, often via Haiti and other islands in the eastern
Caribbean. Voodoo’s arrival in the Louisiana region caused it to
interlope on other traditions already in place, such as Native
American and Atchafalaya Gypsy nature and rootwork practices.
Ultimately, African Voodoo’s assimilation into these practices
resulted in a potent regional hoodoo tradition that persists to this
• Popular among slaves, some speculate that making voodoo dolls
and sticking them with pins was one method by which the slave
could exert some control over the master:
• Guardian Angel Dolls: A guardian angel is an angel
assigned to protect and guide a particular person. The
belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all
antiquity. The concept of guardian angels and their
hierarchy was extensively developed in Christianity in
the 5th century.
• The theology of angels, and guardian spirits, has
undergone many refinements since the 400s, and
belief in both the East and the West is that guardian
angels protect whichever person to whom God
assigns them, and present prayers to God on that
person's behalf. The Catholic Church's calendar of
saints includes a memorial for the guardian angels on
October 2.
Ugly Dolls
Voodoo Dolls
Guardian Angel
Miscellaneous Ideas: