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Welcome to EffigiPie

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Licca Head on a Bratz Style Starz Body with Lisa Petrucci Album Art

What is EffigiPie?

EffigiPie ties images from my Material Culture research for Doll Culture in America (University Press of Mississippi, upcoming) to my day-to-day life as a doll maker, doll restorer, doll collector, and general doll user. “Effigy,” in this instance, stands for those aspects of doll use that transcend the word “doll.”

Mississippian effigy stamp from Wikipedia/effigy 2014.

Mississippian effigy stamp from Wikipedia/effigy 2014.

Obama action figure from thejailbreak.com.

Obama action figure from thejailbreak.com.

Omnidoll effigy by the Jeung Family 2005. Photo by Omnidoll 2014.

Omnidoll effigy by the Jeung Family 2005. Photo by Omnidoll 2014.

Are you, or do you know people, who say that they “don’t like ‘dolls’” but have one or more items in their possession that is small, poseable, has a face (even if does not have features on that face), and seems oddly trivial in the context of these people’s lives?

“Weepul” Promotion by a labor union in Northern CA 2013.

“Weepul” Promotion by a labor union in Northern CA 2013.

Yet, for some reason people still keep such an object around? That small, human-looking object represents something anthropomorphized–something not human, yet given human-like qualities. It’s an “effigy” of an aspect of that person’s human existence.

• A doll is always an effigy, but an effigy isn’t always a doll. How is that?

An effigy can be a statue, something not to be meddled with. More often, when you see effigies in the news, though, aren’t they always being meddled with in the most enthusiastic way?

Political Effigy Doll of Abraham Lincoln. See http://www.underhishat.org/effigy_doll.html.

Political Effigy Doll of Abraham Lincoln. See http://www.underhishat.org/effigy_doll.html.

You’ve probably seen politicos or celebrities or ordinary people with the spotlight burning on them having been made into life-size or larger than life 3-D figures. People on the news bounce those figures around on poles, waving or burning them to bits. Guy Fawkes at the end of his “Day’s” festivities in England. Or your opposing team’s mascot at the peak of frenzy before the Big Game.

Plush team mascot creatures. From amazingmascots.wordpress.com.

Plush team mascot creatures. From amazingmascots.wordpress.com.

To be used as a doll, an effigy must be able to be manipulated, posed, ready to be altered at your whim. Unlike a statue or other forms of representational or fine arts, people take dolls for granted. To “be a doll” to someone may mean you are adorable, you bring gladness with your presence…or you can be easily dismissed. Dolls are not get so easily dismissed at EffigiPie. Those of us who know dolls know differently. We know such effigies as a means to creative expression and as a tool to uncovering different parts of oneself and one’s identity with others.

 

(1.) Did a relative or friend ever give you a “foreign doll” representing images of your background? Many of us have owned such a thing. Depending on your cultural background, you may have many such figures…or very few.

 

(2.) Have you ever owned a “mascot” in plush or felt or other material? That little guy represented “you” to yourself in another way.

 

(3.) Have you ever had a “lovey” (luvvy), a “stuffy,” a teddy bear, or whatever a soft item for children is called where you come from? That effigy, too, represents something about you, in a way that no other object can.

 

(4.) Have you ever fiddled with a novelty or gag figure at your place of employment? Ever idly marched it or twisted it around a counter top, desk, or storage cabinet while on the phone? That doll is standing in for you there, too. That rubbery, wiry, colorful, silly thing may be an effigy of your company’s or client’s logo, but it’s an effigy of you at work, too.

Bendy Man by nutmeg66 at www.flickr.com:photos:rachel_s:3256199470:

Bendy Man by nutmeg66 athttp://www.flickr.com:photos:rachel_s:3256199470.

Gumby by Art Clokey as represented by stewf on Flickr at https-::www.flickr.com:photos:stewf:sets:1168574:detail

Gumby by Art Clokey as represented by stewf on Flickr at https-::www.flickr.com:photos:stewf:sets:1168574:detail

Think of it… A doll acts as your brain’s stunt double.

Digital rendering of a tiny artist mannequin perched on a life size artist mannequin. Provided by gimme some of dat dlicious resursion on Flickr.

Digital rendering of a tiny artist mannequin perched on a life size artist mannequin. Provided by gimme some of dat dlicious resursion on Flickr. Provided by gimme some of dat dlicious resursion on flicker.

So, EffigiPie treats you to a new angle of doll-as-effigy use. The depictions here may make you smile, laugh, or scratch your head. EffigiPie will always hope to find for you an oddly familiar little face to be a mirror for one of the many faces that make up “you.” We now have a page for you to share these faces with others. Tell us about the effigies of YOUR life. For now, we enter online activities without the benefit of using touch or smell. So you won’t be able to manipulate the effigies on this screen. (Digitally animated dolls and avatars not being easily supported on a blog site.) If my blog’s capabilities for user interaction changes in the near future, such that WordPress can support it, you’ll hear about it at EffigiPie. Until then, EffigiPie will provide the two dimensional details of a journey through the world of changeable little human-like forms.

 

HERE’S A QUICK GUIDE TO WHAT WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT:

  •  dolls
Jay and Crolly Dolls of Ireland--Front. Vintage and Tonner Betsey McCalls--Back. Photo Omnidoll 2014.

Jay and Crolly Dolls of Ireland–Front. Vintage and Tonner Betsey McCalls–Back. Photo Omnidoll 2014.

  •  action figures
Final Fantasy XI Action Figures. From Sooperkreep at Deviantart.com.

Final Fantasy XI Action Figures. From Sooperkreep at Deviantart.com.

  • stuffed animals
Stuffed Fox and Valentine Elephant Made by Omnidoll Age 11-12. Photo by Omnidoll 2014.

Stuffed Fox and Valentine Elephant Made by Omnidoll Age 11-12. Photo by Omnidoll 2014.

  • ceremonial figures
Hinamatsuri--Girls Day in Japan--Figures Portrayed as Peanuts Characters at the Charles R. Schultz Museum, Santa Rosa, CA. Photo by Omnidoll 2010.

Hinamatsuri–Girls Day in Japan–Figures Portrayed as Peanuts Characters at the Charles R. Schultz Museum, Santa Rosa, CA. Photo by Omnidoll 6-2010.

  • I.S.S. (I.e., “kisekae ningyou,” a Japanese term meaning “dress-up dolls”; online interactive dolls)
Sample of K.I.S.S. Interactive Doll Art from Wikipedia. Accessed 8-6-14. For more on K.I.S.S. dolls see: Eric Zimmerman; Elena Gorfinkel (May 2000). "Technologies of Undressing: The Digital Paper Dolls of KISS". In Steven Heller. Sex Appeal: the Art of Allure in Graphic and Advertising Design. Allworth Press. pp. 159–166.

Sample of K.I.S.S. Interactive Doll Art from Wikipedia. Accessed 8-6-14.
For more on K.I.S.S. dolls see: Eric Zimmerman; Elena Gorfinkel (May 2000). “Technologies of Undressing: The Digital Paper Dolls of KISS”. In Steven Heller. Sex Appeal: the Art of Allure in Graphic and Advertising Design. Allworth Press. pp. 159–166.

  • avatars
A Variety of Avatars Designed to Visually Represent Internet Users, Drawn Manga Style. From free_manga_avatar_faces_vol_2_by_pixeden-d49grhd.jpg

A Variety of Avatars Designed to Visually Represent Internet Users, Drawn Manga Style. From free_manga_avatar_faces_vol_2_by_pixeden-d49grhd.jpg

  • and items with faces and malleability–but perhaps no category at all.
Two wooden artist mannequins relaxing together, with bored facial features superimposed on the photo. From http://bluebead.deviantart.com/art/Mannequin-003-Chill-n-69577475.

Two wooden artist mannequins relaxing together, with bored facial features superimposed on the photo. From http://bluebead.deviantart.com/art/Mannequin-003-Chill-n-69577475.

 

 

MORE DOLL CULTURE COMING!

KEEP AN EYE ON EFFIGIPIE!

THANKS to those who have shared their images under Google Images "Labeled for Noncommercial Reuse." Pie slice from openclipart_lemon-pie.

Thank You!

 

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