About Maria Lalic
I am interested in doll-making as a domestic craft and folk art tradition where both the process of making and the finished doll are a form of storytelling. I research the social and cultural influences of doll-making by investigating examples held at museums or in archive settings and by replicating construction techniques. My dolls fit into one of the following categories: Elemental (made with basic stitchery techniques and incorporating natural objects, elemental dolls are both primitive and profound, having a history of being used as curse dolls, effigies, poppets and totems); Cloth (a more complicated construction with jointed limbs leads to a recognisable human form and the opportunity for more nuanced storytelling. I specialise in making cloth dolls which reflect on the role of women as carers in recent times); Armature (the use of an interior wire allows a doll to be posed and thus a more sculpted appearance to the body posture can be suggested. Limbs can be positioned to give a suggestion of interrupted articulation or paused movement, useful in creating tableaux); Art (combining stitchery and embellishment with any or all of the above techniques is the basis of an art doll).
Cloth Doll Making (simple, primitive, jointed,with or without armature, surface embellishment and needle-sculpture). Interested in the making and use of cloth dolls by women as pragmatic expressions of personal identity and social context.