Tapeesa (Inuit for Arctic Flower) was entrusted to me whilst on my travels in North America. The lady who owned Tapeesa had inherited her from her grandmother who made the doll when she was in her early twenties. The grandmother had been born into an Inuit community in Greenland but, as a small child, was taken to live in the heart of Chicago – effectively ripped away from her culture. She hated being in a large city and grew disenchanted with her family and the Inuit tribe who she felt ‘allowed’ her to be taken away. She wanted to make a statement about her fractured past so made a doll which has ‘essence of’ Inuit culture but also shows the darker brooding side of her life.

The hand drawn markings are all traditional Inuit tattoo designs. The face design has been based on decorated Inuit bone goggles.

Handmade rag doll with moveable arms. Heavy cotton body with hand drawn ink design and embroidered face. Hooded coat made from salvaged suede and sheepskin off-cuts.  Handmade felt gloves. Boots from salvaged suede off-cuts.

10.5 inches/26.5cm in length


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