Craig by Betsy Youngquist
Craig The Parade 8.5x4x4
The PARADE Series is about how we grapple with the fear of the unknown during times of human crisis. While self-quarantined, I started to make little dolls and a giant beaded PEEP. Then the idea of making a parade for Easter 2020 (my 55th birthday) while sheltering in place popped into my mind and stuck. The parade ensemble became the 800 block of Royal Street in New Orleans, where a Gay Easter Parade usually passes by Myth Gallery's open doors. Craig, Craig Tracy Gallery, is a close by neighbor to Myth Gallery in New Orleans. Craig's two brothers, Phil and Eric, man the gallery. They are a wonderful New Orleans family. Craig's daughter, Maggie, can often be seen manning the gallery as well. Craig is a flower child and the rock star on the block. He was a judge on Skin Wars. Craig, the doll, is made from a variety of repurposed materials.
- Antique doll parts
- Glass Italian seed beads circa 1800
- Fossilized shark teeth and shells from Manasota Key, FL collected by the artist
- Swarovski flatback crystals
- Handmade vintage French beaded flower
- Natural pearls
- Contemporary glass beads from Japan and the Czech Republic
- Repurposed old coat fur
- All materials were hand placed using a mosaic technique.
- Sculptural elements added to the dolls before beading were created by R. Scott Long.
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