Tikvah is what I call a “mixed media” doll. She is made of cloth and coated in a special flexible mixture that allows the paint to adhere without cracking over time. Her eyes are made of polymer clay, and carefully set inside her needle-sculpted face. She stands 18″ tall and wears clothes made of scarves and fabric from Israel. I lived there from 2003 – 2007, and I made her in 2008 while I was feeling nostalgic. She is embellished with small beads.
Tikvah is the Hebrew word for ‘hope.’ It’s also the name of a friend I met while living abroad. She was American but had been living in Israel for many years. She was a very special, upbeat person. She always used to sign her emails, “light and love.” I loved that.
I named this doll “Tikvah” simply because I admired the name, and I thought it suited her. Not long afterward, my friend passed away suddenly, and I was very sad. I know this doll’s name really is supposed to be Tikvah. She has a special expression on her face of light and love.