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Miguel recently entered into a photography challenge on Flickr called Project 365. Each participant of this group must take a photo per day for a whole year and post it on Flickr.
It seems something not so hard to do, right? Well, actually it is more challenging than you think to take the time, find a subject, choose the composition, etc., and finally be able to get a good photography each day. It’s a good way to force yourself into learning something you like and make the daily effort to reach the goal.
I have so many projects too that I tend to postpone.
The challenge Miguel has taken motivated me to engage in something similar.
I’ve been meaning to create dolls for a while, but there is always something that takes my time or attention. I like dolls in general, but I don’t want to make any dolls, I want to make Ethiopian dolls. That is, dolls that are inspired by the Ethiopian culture in some way.
The thing is that I have never made a doll before!
As with the Ethiopian superhero costumes, when something gets into my mind, it’s hard to shake it off.
From the first week of January, I’ve started to design and make an Ethiopian doll a week.
Kedemawi, Salsawi & MelaknehI will try to create dolls of many types and sizes, simple ones and more complicated ones, and will use all kinds of techniques and materials.
I will post pictures of some of my dolls in this blog. I must say that I’m not an expert doll maker, however I think that what it is more important is the creative journey more than the result.
I invite you to make your own challenge, whatever that might be, to learn something new, to enjoy the process of creation, with all the ups and downs, the failures and the successes.
I’ve just made my doll number three, after the two little dolls for the first two weeks: Kedemawi (first) and Melakneh (you are an angel) .
For now, my inspiration is coming from the very well known images of Ethiopian angels.
Doll#3 , that I named Salsawi (third), is a simple arch-shaped doll, with few details.
It’s made with fleece type fabric for the face, hands, feet and hair, brocade for the body and white embroidered cotton for the wings, with a quilted look. Salsawi
Of course the person who’s more excited with the challenge is Feven who gets to play with my dolls. Winking smile

 Feven & Salsawi

Will I be able to make 53 Ethiopian dolls this year? We’ll see…
Three done, 50 to go…