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The blog of designer-maker Laura Thompson who specializes in fibre art, including art dolls, bowls, art journals and artful clothing.  Creativity, kindness, understanding and patience. 

 

 

An Artful Display of Dolls

We moved house a few months ago and it has taken time to settle into our new home. I hung most of the artwork and pictures a few weeks ago, but a big empty space has remained above the sofa in the living room. Below are a few pictures of the living room and the big, cavernous wall that desperately needed filling. 

 

The room is very neutral and the large, expansive wall above the sofa seemed the perfect spot to add some colour. My collection of art dolls was an obvious choice. Although they're all different, I knew their vibrant colours and textures would add some warmth and character to the room. To unify the collection I decided to hang them on an old wooden door.

So many dolls . . . which ones will look best?

So many dolls . . . which ones will look best?

A few years ago I bought this old door at my local Restore. I didn't have a specific use for it at the time, but because it is old and lovely I bought it on a whim.

A few years ago I bought this old door at my local Restore. I didn't have a specific use for it at the time, but because it is old and lovely I bought it on a whim.

After considering several combinations, I choose this group of 11. To me, they are the are the perfect combination colour, size and shape to display on the door.

Because the door is quite heavy I used a French cleat to hang it on the wall. The cleat is easy to use. One section is screwed onto the back of the door . . . . .

. . . . and the other half is mounted on the wall with a anchors and screws. The wall portion of the cleat comes with a tiny level that will help you ensure the bracket is level.

With the door safely mounted on the wall, the dolls were hung in place use small finishing nails. The wall is no longer empty and the room looks complete.