Luigi Has Been Found!!
Since we have moved here (almost 3 years now) I have been searching for Luigi.
When last seen, he was being removed from my antique cabinet and then lovingly wrapped in mounds of bubble paper. He was gently lowered into a blue plastic storage bin - never to be seen again!!! Until TODAY!!!!
In a bin marked "quilts", there he was,under the quilts, with several matryoshkas, and Miss Mariposa.
Luigi was the first polymer doll I ever made- all original, and not very good. His arms are an inch too long, his one eye bulges out, and his hands and feet are a tad bit tiny for his body. But, I LOVE him - because he was my first!!!
I was inspired by the work of Bill Nelson, who I believe created the doll that sat on the mantle in the movie On Golden Pond. Bill Nelson is a prolific and fantastic carver and creator, bar none. I just loved that doll in the movie. I love all the creations of Mr. Nelson - they are wonderful!!
Anyway, I set out with my polymer, made some hands and feet, then made a shoulder plate with a head. Next, was his muslin body, blue jeans and chambray button down shirt. He has grey lamb's wool hair, and if you look closely, even has hair on his chest!!!
I may, one day, shorten his arms a bit, and make him a pair of shoes. But, for now, Luigi will resume his place in the display cabinet, to while away his days................