What’s a Spirit Doll? There are other definitions of a spirit doll. To some people, it’s a spooked/haunted/medium/possessed thing. That’s not what is meant by spirit doll here at all! See the following spirit definition.
Spirit Doll Definition: A spirit doll is frequently for display rather than for play and may symbolize or embody an archetype, idea, activity, a spiritual moment, experience, the divine, and so on. They can be made through the lens of many world views. Parts may or may not be made with commercial molds. They can be made in a variety of manner using fabric, clay, bundled sticks or what have you. They may be hung on the wall as they are, framed, part of a decorated bottle, put in shadow boxes, and so on. They are generally for display but one can tuck them away too.
Some Spirit Doll Resources
Some of the best instructions on how the bundled stick type can be found at http://www.gaiansoul.com/docs/jpc-spirit-doll-ebook.pdf. I’m not affiliated with that artist, I just love her directions.
I also love to watch Lyn Belisle’s youtube videos on spirit dolls. She doesn’t show you how to make them in her videos but shows many examples and clips from her delightful workshops.
One of my all time favorite spirit doll artists talks about spirit dolls at http://gristello.blogspot.com/2013/05/art-dolls-for-soulmaking-long-ago.html?m=1 .
Although she does not mention art dolls, Karin Mackay‘s video, “Art as a Connection to the Divine in Women’s Lives,” explores yet another reason why one may choose to make spirit dolls and art in general. https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PLAEeGn5yG0k3hlLbbud6HoRHJqov-INij&v=4mvaDAmUv1M
Note: Spirit Dolls and Art Dolls are often not the same thing.