Sunday, September 27, 2015

Why Do You Love Primitive?

I often wonder why people love "Primitive"  I have created Primitive for 19 years now and  just keep falling even more in love with them,

There are many, I do mean many definitions on the name "Primitive" Term/ Name/ Meaning.
What I would call "Primitive" to some one else it would be Folk Art, Most times  the two do go hand in hand with a touch of each technique.Which involves several different techniques.

Primitive definitions to me is in the creating it's self, It is in all the  Why, How, What Kind , Is there History or No History, What are you seeing, thinking in your head before you even begin to bring Her/Him  to life ?


Re-Creating heirlooms is  very time consuming process, but I love to make things to look as if they were made long ago, I  definitely  use special techniques to create  and to  further give the look of an heirloom  vintage looking pieces
#2: Primitive 

I do lots of history research for the time period for a doll, what was going on right down to what was in style and why YesterYears Mothers , and Grandmothers and  so on created the way they did. Most used what was at hand, That to me is where some of the meaning "Primitive" had it's birth.

 Dolls that were made with love. Doll that were made to be  loved and cherished forever.

 #3: Primitive
 Primitive Cloth Dolls were stuffed with again what was available , Saw dust, Hay, Wool, Shredded pieces of clothing for a few examples, Some even hand sewed Human hair on to their dolls, But I love the kind with yarn, thread, or no hair , Meaning as a true antique doll.

 Cloth dolls that are
authentic, historical  can and are primitive style

#4: Primitive

Primitive to me is the "Simplicity" in most of Primitive Cloth Dolls.
 "Simplicity" is the name of this Primitive Cloth I have created, Just a fun another name (Primitive  Rag Doll) for that little girl from YesterYear.

Mothers, and Grandmothers from YesterYear
were not what we would call "Artist's" They created straight from their hearts, using what ever they could find, or had on hand, Primitive Cloth Dolls are not what I would call "Prim N Proper" An eye might be higher or lower, or no face at all, Buttons, hand stitching, Pencil drawn were the most common for Primitive Cloth Dolls.

#5: Primitive
Clothing for Primitive Cloth Dolls, go from ripped, pieces, raw edges, to very "exquisite"
hand stitching.

The above question:

What are you seeing, thinking in your head before you even begin to bring Her/Him  to life ? 
My Answer:

Simplicity was about 3 years old. Hot Summer day in Georgia,
Simplicity had not a care in the world, as she ran bare foot through the growing fields of hay, Blue sky's above her head.
Simplicity had a song in her heart "Oh How Great Thou Art". She was thinking of church that Sunday morning , Simplicity's Mother sang in the church choir .Simplicity watched as her  Mother stepped forward and  stood tall and proud,
 Yet with a tear in her eye , From her heart she sang unto Our Lord:
 "How Great Thou Art"
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
 I love each and every doll, I believe whole heartily that my Primitive, or  reminiscent dolls from the past and present is a way of life. I have a great passion for Antiques they are my inspiration.
Creating my dolls is a birth experience with each and every one, In my mind there is always a story , a tad of history , straight from my heart.,With my heart open wide and a watchful eye giving much attention to details

I end this article in hopes you have really enjoyed our journey .
It is my hearts desire as I have said many times  is to 

To save the knowledge and teach this knowledge of  YesterYear to all generations.
Let it never be forgotten.
To gain the recognition they deserve for their works of Art.

 " Preserve  "the Artist's of  YesterYear and Today"
(((Hugs, )))

Sherrie Nordgren 


Sherri Farley said...

Well said Sherrie!

SympleTymes Cloth Art By Sherrie Nordgren said...

awe Thanks much Sharri, I had to laugh asked my daughter to read my little article, and was shocked at her response,WOW Mom I under stand what primitive means " hahaha Your a sweet heart Sherri Thanks again