Marita Dingus is a Northwest artist – gracious and generous, socially and environmentally conscious. She visited my classroom in 2005 so we could make cloth dolls. She talked about the slave trade and connected them to the cloth dolls. Using scraps of cloth, found materials, wire, and glue guns – with Marita contributing greatly to our materials – the students made their own doll. The cloth we collected was bland compared to the “African” colors she brought along. Ms. Dingus’ work can be found in many art collections including an amazing piece at the Seattle Art Museum.
The procedures were relatively simple. Scraps of cloth were bound up (slavery) with wire and yarn, bottle caps, and found objects were hot glued on.
The slide show illustrates some of the results but I wish I could publish the pictures with the student’s faces holding their cloth doll, with pride, up to the camera. They were magical!