Who doesn’t sympathize with Ophelia, the tragic heroine from Shakespeare’s Hamlet?
I always appreciated the painting by Millais, because in my opinion it did not show a young woman driven into madness. To me, Ophelia in her last moments had reclaimed her life and her will.
Ok, that will drove her to a watery grave, but I digress.
This doll was more of a “project” than anything, and it was loads of fun to finish. Why? Because she was a gift for a very special friend of mine whose love of art and literature really inspired me to create something special.
My mother was gracious enough to create Ophelia’s dress, which needed to be appropriate for the period, but also faithful to the idea that Ophelia cared little for social graces at this point in the play. My favorite part of her outfit is the necklace of purple flowers sewn into her dress.
For her box, I wanted to re-create the look of Ophelia drifting through water. This took some craftiness that was definitely outside my comfort zone.
Lastly, a OOAK doll simply isn’t complete without a collector’s card, so she got one of those, too.
I can’t wait for Ophelia to make her way to her new home!