Nothing should stand in the way of strong girls with bold dreams
This project was created and inspired by the amazing work of Brooklyn-based artist, Erin Robinson. I reached out to Erin to ask if I could create an up-cycled doll inspired by her work to feature in my International Women’s Day SHEro/artist tribute series. Erin graciously said, “yes!”. Then the flu hit our house (not once, not twice but three times), the delayed projects and obligations started to pile up, and I have been in a state of catch-up ever since. I am so excited that TODAY IS THE DAY that I finally get to share our up-cycled dolly with you AND most importantly, the artist who inspired her. YAY!
I was first introduced to Erin’s artwork when Obama was getting ready to leave the white house. Erin created a series of illustrations for a Washington Post article (Obama’s Legacy -A special commemorative section on the 44th president of the United States). One of the illustrations was a family portrait in silhouette depicting The Obamas standing hand in hand walking forward and away from a faded out White House. The portrait captured the end of an era in such a profound and moving way that it quickly began popping up all over social media paired with heavy hearted and personal good bye posts. The image is iconic and beautiful, the lack of artist credit..was not as pretty. I did a quick google search, found the artist behind the work and then began tagging Erin (@brooklyndolly) on every post I could find. This portrait was my introduction to Erin’s work and it was definitely love at first sight.
How dreamy are her illustrations? The color, the texture, the overlays. Erin is a Fashion Designer by trade but received a foundation in fine art from Parsons School of Design and the Corcoran School of Art. Her work is inspired by “travel, color, texture, the feminine shape and the many shades and coifs of Brooklyn. She works in a variety of mediums; watercolor, ink, markers, charcoal, stencil, collage as well as digital artistry.”
I wanted to create a tribute project that was up-cycled and sculptural, with a generous nod to Erin’s roots in fashion and design. I also wanted the DIY to be open ended enough that little artists could really make them their own. I hope that I have inspired you to go do a deep dive into Erin’s work. Follow her on IG here. Peruse her Etsy shop here. Find her website here (full site coming soon).
plastic Bottle. We drink a lot of almond milk in our house so that is what we used.
acrylic craft paint
cardboard or tag board for face
lace ribbon and fabric for details
low temp hot glue gun
bright pom poms