How it Works

Dolls raised from the dead

Kerstin makes 20 – 50 cm long rag dolls out of handmade, old and decorative pieces of
textiles. Take a rag doll with you back home to your studio, home or hometown. For a period, up to a couple of months, let the rag doll 'experience life' in any way you chose. It
can be one experience or many. Make it thematic or sporadic, just as you like. Document the
rag dolls experiences by photo or as an artistic expression. The documentations, with short
explaining texts, are going to be made public on a blog Kerstin creates for this purpose.

After this short (or longer) life experience for the rag doll, you have to kill the doll (by
drowning, gun, hanging etc.) This shall also be documented in some way and documented. (photo, text, 'police' drawings etc).

Send the 'dead' doll back to Kerstin in an envelope or box. The box will be dolls 'coffin' and the coffin/envelope can also be an artistic expression. If several artists have rag dolls to give experiences at the same time there can be 'a lot of life and death experiences' going on at the blog. This can both show a lot of artistic expressions and be of great interest and fun to follow.

When the 'coffin' is sent back to Sweden, also enclose a short text about your own experience
from being a world explorer, going out in the world to get inspiration and knowledge, and how
this enriches your own life. In this early moment of the project I don't know the full outcome of it, formal exhibitions etc. I will be the creator of the project, the dolls, and I will blog about decorative textiles and the connections between female, textiles and art. I also create the whole outlook of the project.

From you, as a cooperative artist, I only ask you to do as much, or little, as you think could be
fun, a once in a lifetime single doll experience, or a longer period like a diary, but both made
out of the lust of sharing your own thoughts of life as an artist and world explorer.
Hopefully the outcome will be not only the blog, but also one or more exhibitions with a
connected catalog. All as an international cooperation.

Kerstin Jakobsson