Wednesday, March 31, 2010


The next step on my Santos, I made a post on the beginnings of her clothes. I had a thought of how she would look her height, weight and so on but as things often do before I got very far she changed.
The heads not as sweet and young as I first though but are in my typical style, so I will let them be and see how they work.
I love the posture of the one in the back looking down.

Perhaps to much attitude, they are after all to look sweet...hummm

This is the one looking down.

After looking at them last night I noticed how much they look like croquet balls -hee hee-
Here is a bit of Santos history..From this web site Check it out this site has some very nice dolls.
The Santos dolls take their name from the Spanish word for Saint, and are also known as Santos (French) and Santibelli (Italian). The Santos originally started as copies of 17th century carvings by priests. Originally, Santos were created for use in-home altars. They were needed in small villages that did not have a priest, as well as for when it was not possible to travel to church, such as during times of war. Their development flourished in Europe in the 1700’s and 1800’s, primarily due to these wars.
Santos dolls are closely related to the Crèche figures, which were implemented in Italy by St Francis of Assisi, during the 13th century. However, the Crèche are primarily associated with Italian and French nativity and crib scenes. Crèche scenes are still elaborately displayed throughout Italy and in parts of France, most notably in Provence.
European Santos dolls were also brought to the Latin Americas during the Colonial age of Spain’s settling of The New World. The dolls were used to aid in the conversion of the Native Americans and Central American Indians to Catholicism. Many of these original dolls, along with the art that inspired them, were destroyed while trying to settle the West. Therefore, antiques in good shape are rare and very expensive. It is not uncommon to see an antique Santos bring 4 and 5 digit figures. In more recent years, fine and folk art has emerged to replace these dolls. As the art form has progressed, the Santos has become recognized as a true artistic doll. Some dolls are rustic carvings, while others have magnificent details.
Dolls to follow some time soon.


Dayna Collins said...

Your Santos heads are glorious!! You have the magical touch, that's for sure.

cynthia said...

omg Tory, these heads are fabulous and put the ready made ones to shame! Now I want to make my own head.

Robin Olsen said...

I agree with Cynthia! I was happy to find a doll that would sort of work, but these are gorgeous! (I think Santos with attitude would be a fine thing.)

steph b said...

Good golly these are fab!! Can't wait to hear about the details!!!

Suzanne Reynolds said...

You did a great job with the heads; the features, painting, all looks good. Can't wait to see the total look. And I want to make one, too. :)

Curious Works said...

These look amazing! Great work

Renee Troy said...

Your work is wonderful! So glad I found you.

Louiseb said...

Hello Tori,
I enjoy keeping an eye on your blog
to see what your up to.
Your talent is amazing.
I would have loved to have caught up with you in Silverton when you were there.
Maybe next time.
Thanks for making such beautiful art and inspiring so many others.

LouiseB said...

I love the pictures of your latest
adventures Tory.
I the picture of your reflection in the water. Your artistic eye shows through in so much you do.
Thanks for sharing,