Saturday, April 5, 2008

The Reveal of the Pink Artist Doll

I'd like to introduce you to the Pink Artist Doll!

To quote the creator of this glorious doll, "Her name is "Love Squared." She wears 180 two inch art squares. 182 artists total created her. She is just under 40" tall and weighs 6 lbs. 2 oz. She smiles because already she knows love and is able to give love unconditionally. To many, she is a symbol of hope. She stands for COURAGE and was built by a community of givers." However, the idea to create her and raise money for breast cancer was, the very talented, Monica Magness. She did the most beautiful and magical job creating her! If you do not know about this project, go and visit Monica's blog. The delightful story is there and complete with wonderful pictures!

She is on her journey to Art Doll Quarterly for photo's and will be auctioned on e-Bay to the highest bidder in the near future to raise money to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

These are the squares that I contributed. The square that was chosen for her dress was the nude with one breast and a big heart.

Monica suggested we make a post and show off the doll we helped to make and dedicate it to a friend or loved one that has touched our heart and a family member that supports us unconditionally. Tell someone thank you for touching our lives in a profound way.

I dedicate this doll to eight loved ones. First to my mom...who I treasure in my mind and heart and have missed everyday since January 18, 2001, when she lost a long and hard battle to Multiple Sclerosis. She raised my younger sister and I alone with tons of strength, unselfishness, love, and support. She instilled in us forever... strength, values, kindness, and love. To Nana (mom's mother)...who we lost in 1981, to uterine cancer that metastasized to her bones. She was a very loving and gracious grandmother to my sister and I. She always shared her love and encouragement. She showed us tradition and wisdom, and was always proud of us without any judgment. To Papa (mom's father)...who we lost in 1984, after he had a stroke and pretty much gave up on life after Nana passed away. He was a strong, smart, business man, and always a pillar of strength. He was rather gruff on the outside but a big teddy bear on the inside and the closest thing to a father figure my sister and I ever had. To my uncle...who lost his life to AIDS in 1987. He was intelligent, artistic, funny, and fun to be around. He lived in San Francisco and didn't come home too often. He adored and loved Nana (because she loved him unconditionally) and mom, but always had issues with Papa because his dad could never truly accept that he was Gay and always insisted there had to be a cure for his problem and would be happy to pay for it to be fixed. I miss them all...they were my family! To my devoted husband and best friend... who loves and supports me unconditionally and to whom I will be forever grateful. To my sister...who I just adore... and whose love and precious friendship, I could never live without. To my son's Blake and Spencer...who couldn't make me more proud and so thankful for the years that have given me so much to be grateful for. They do not realize all the gifts they have given me. Their love and friendship mean the world to me. I will be eternally grateful to my family for what they have shared with me. Each one... lives in my heart!!!

Breast cancer is an awful disease that needs to keep being researched and finally eradicated! I only know one friend that had breast cancer and she is a survivor; however, I know too many loved ones and friends that have had cancer. All cancer cells are pathetic and destructive. I worked in an OB/GYN office for over twenty years and have seen plenty sad diagnoses.

I not only feel in my heart about this cause, but Monica has been such an inspiration to me and so many others. It was an honor and privilege to help a friend that stepped forward to lead such a wonderful fundraiser. Bless her for putting the whole project together and following through with all the details. Bless all her friends that put their heart and soul into beautiful art squares to help Monica achieve her goal and to support the cure for breast cancer. Extra thanks and blessings to: Grace, Donna, Fiona, Mike, eb, Jodi, Kat, Alma, and Carol for contributing beautiful and meaningful accessories that made Love Squared even more stunning! Huge thanks to Jeff for being an invaluable support and help to Monica throughout this enormous project and for the lovely photos! I not only speak for myself but for everyone...we were all blessed to have you host this project with such class! Thank you for sharing your time, pictures, gratitude, humor, thoughts, etc., and keeping everyone posted on the progress of Love Squared. You made it fun and made everyone feel included. Kudos to you friend! It has been an Awesome journey that we will all cherish!!!

It's not how much we give, but how much love we put into the giving.
~Mother Teresa~


The Lone Beader said...

I love the Pink doll. She is beautiful!

GraceBeading said...

Beautiful post Lisa!

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

Lisa, your squares are incredible! I just adore them all and will surely enjoy stitching the remaining squares to future art. Well done to all! She is definitely one of a kind as are all of the pink artists involved. Cherish her we will. Love & blessings to you my friend, Monica :)