This one was a custom order for my friend Renee, so the conceptions are partly hers and partly from inspiration I received directly from the god in the process of making His doll.
Handsewn from cotton flannel, Apollo is approximately 9 inches tall with clothing handsewn and designed by yours truly. Apollo is not a god I deal with a lot personally, but His persona came across to me as a curious mixture of teen punk rock star and college professor, and his outfit demonstrates this: he wears linen slacks with a black tee shirt trimmed with snakeskin-printed fabric (a reminder of Delphi) and a professorial-looking courdoroy jacket with leather collar and pocket. His necklace is hand-crocheted nettle yarn and goldtone wire with a bee pendant. (The Homeric hymn to Apollo alleges that the god’s gift of prophecy first came to him from three bee maidens.) His hair is a mixture of natural fawn-shaded alpaca and dyed mohair in shades of bronze accented with shots of bright yellow-green; I was definitely going for a flame effect here! His wings, made from dyed feathers attached to felt using acid-free, archival quality craft glue, attach at the shoulders via sewn-on snaps.
All of my spirit dolls include a handsewn red flannel heart that contains a bit of herb, a stone, and an essential oil (or two), plus sometimes non-herb material such as tiny amount of animal fur, that evokes the deity in question, either for me personally or for the customer. Apollo’s heart contents: a bay laurel leaf, iolite, and bay laurel and cypress essential oils.
In case anyone is wondering, yes I DO take commissions for these! My price is generally around $40 plus shipping, but could be somewhat lower or higher considering the cost of materials used, with half payable in advance so I can purchase said materials. Turnaround time is usually 3-4 weeks. Now that I have internet access at home again I’ll be making sure there are photos for all my commissions and other sold dolls posted at my Flickr account for potential customers to browse, but in the meantime you can see most of my previous dolls by exploring the “Sold” ink at my Etsy store. Or you can search for “commissions” right here at this blog.