Motherland Travels

by Mindy on June 7, 2012

Mindy shooting the dolls

We’re in the homestretch, as Tuesday was the second to last workshop. It was a busy day as people finished up their dolls, May interviewed them one on one about their creations, and I shot photos of them. After they were done, Cathy gathered them around to start playing with some melodies and lyrics she had composed in response to some of the improvisations the mothers had came up with last week.

I was excited to break out my camera again and try out some ideas. After a lot of brainstorming, I decided ultimately that I had to try out my original plan to have the women create set-ups with miniatures in contrast with their dolls. I’ve had participants create scenes before, and people have really enjoyed it. It seemed like it would be a fun way to utilize the dolls. Since the project began I’ve collected dozens of these little figures, so the mothers had fun perusing them and picking out the ones they wanted to use. The only thing that felt strange is that when I worked with miniatures previously, it came directly after discussions we had had about “Motherland” and this place we all landed in after our kids were born. The symbolism of creating these little worlds with the figures was obvious. This time, it seemed a little more random, but I explained to them the idea, and the women were still enthusiastic as they scattered and placed the figures across their brobdingnagian dolls.

For the final session next week, we’re going to have a potluck lunch to celebrate. I decided to keep it small, as we haven’t had a chance to have a discussion as a group for a few weeks now, and I want to bring everyone together before the end. We’ll invite a few people from the HCC to join us for lunch, but otherwise I wanted it to be more intimate. Katherine Fleitas, a friend and talented photographer, will be there to document the final session. I’m looking forward!

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