Doll Art by Melissa Lewis


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"Brother Phillip Gets an Unexpected Visitor"


Copyright © 2015, Melissa Lewis

I accidentally poked a hole in Brother Phillip's nose while stuffing it with fiberfill. Crisis! But my wonderful teacher (Mickie Hutchinson at the John C. Campbell Folks School) suggested considering the mistake a "happy accident" and perching a butterfly to cover the hole. Thanks, Mickie!
 


"Shear Irony"


Copyright © 2015, Melissa Lewis

It has not escapted the attention of the sheep that the shepherdess's locks look a lot like theirs. This piece was inspired by a photo hanging at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC of a woman shearing a goat whose hair looks just like hers. In the photo the goat is looking straight into the camera, annoyed, as if to say to the viewer, "Are you getting the irony of this?"

 


"Lady Pirates WEAR Their Treasure"


Copyright © 2015, Melissa Lewis

No lady pirate would bury perfectly good gold, silver and jewels in the ground. Honey, she would WEAR them! Even the hermit crab is enjoying the booty.
 


"Cat Ladies Can't Eat Tuna"


Copyright © 2015, Melissa Lewis

I used to have a great cat named Edwin. The vet said that cats do perfectly well on dry food which is all he'd ever had. One Christmas I was making a crab appetizer for our family meal and, as a special treat, gave him a spoonful. After one glorious bite, he looked up at me with an expression of 1/3 shock, 1/3 ecstasy and 1/3 annoyance as if to say, "Why am I just NOW learning about this??" He never again let me open a can in peace! (Winner of the 2013 Hoffman Challenge for "Most Humorous" in the Doll category)

 


"Princess Sylvie" from The Great Good Thing


Copyright © 2015, Melissa Lewis

Sylvie is a character from the wonderful book The Great Good Thing by my good friend Roderick Townley. It's an amazing book, for all ages and unlike any you've ever read. The characters live within the pages of the book itself! Great good fun.

 


"Karana and Rontu" from Island of the Blue Dolphins


Copyright © 2015, Melissa Lewis

One of my favorite books as a girl was Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell. It's based on the true story of a Native American girl who was stranded alone on an island off Northern California for over 18 years. It's an inspiring story of finding peace in solitude.

 

"Miss Rumphius"



Copyright © 2015, Melissa Lewis

Barbara Cooney's classic children's book Miss Rumphius tells the story of a happy and adventurous spinster who eventually settles down and gets down to the business making the world a more beautiful place by spreading lupine seeds. I updated Miss Rumphius a bit by giving her jeans, sneakers and funky socks.

 

"Marlene's Housework Suffers as She Stops to Contemplate
What She Might Look Like as a Blonde"



Copyright © 2015, Melissa Lewis

While Marlene considers her beauty options, she has failed to notice that she's bleaching the rug and floor and that she's sucking the cat's tail into the vacuum! This was my very first doll, made at the John C. Campbell Folk School.

 

"Gretchen/Grammy"



Copyright © 2015, Melissa Lewis

This piece does not begin to do justice to my lovey sister Gretchen--known to her loving grandkids as "Grammy". She is always a source of love, acceptance and comfort to all who know her.