It all started with the two fat ladies on the left. Pretty big and coarse in execution. They still have real clothes (the seated one is wearing a dress and hat made of an old t-shirt) which feel like stone by using a textile hardener.
The newest fat ladies, now called Dikke Dushis, are more delicate and smaller in size. The family is growing; next to ones that stay in the house (below), a bigger one is being created to sit outside on a tree stump (see: Outdoor Decorations).
'Dushi' is Papiamento for 'sweet' but is used as well to address a person you are fond of (comparable to 'Honey' or 'Sweetheart'). Papiamento is a Creole language spoken in Curaçao, Bonaire and Aruba - formerly known as the Netherlands Antilles - and contains elements of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English and French, as well as Arawakan and African languages.
The sequence of creation of a Dikke Dushi (DD) can be found on page 'Carnaval'.
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The menagerie took of with the creation of Bull Herman (in detail shown in 'The Making of) and the Birds of Paradise (to be found at 'Projects/WIP); s. In the meantime following animals have been added: Bison Bert, two Sweet Sheep, terribly orange Crazy Bird and the lovely sisters Coby and Coby Chick.
My mother Feikjen was very skilled in the old bobbin lace making techniques such as Bruges, Bruxelles and Honiton lace; she ran master classes to pass on her skills. For those classes a vast amount of examples of 'lace all sorts' was created.
In memory of Feikjen I have used all her samples in the dress of this figurine. As the technique I used to create this dancer did not allow for any mistakes as it would ruin the materials, it has been a stressful and emotional process. I am proud of the outcome.