Dolls left as acknowledgement for those who have been made outcast.

 

Sometimes in the face of trauma we wonder what we can even do to help. I believe that even the smallest acts can bring healing and I'm grateful to be able to make something with my hands such as a doll to gift to the living and to the dead. Over the last 4 years I have been drawn to sites of historical trauma and pain for women and children to leave lovingly created dolls as simple gifts for the spirits of the outcast and forgotten. The three main areas of offerings have been at the sites of Magdalene Laundries in Australia and Ireland, the Cross Bones Graveyard a reclaimed resting place for so-called fallen women and homeless children and sites of persecution of healers and wise women and just ordinary folk as witches in my ancestral home of Scotland. These projects are ongoing and growing and I have been honoured to meet with survivors of the Magdalene Laundries and orphanages and asylums and to gift the dolls to these courageous and enduring women. 

 

 
Maggie a doll for the spirits and survivors in the Magdalene Laundries and Mother and Child Asylums in Dublin. She now lives with Terri Harrison, survivor and founder of 'Forgotten Mothers' in Dublin, Ireland.

Maggie a doll for the spirits and survivors in the Magdalene Laundries and Mother and Child Asylums in Dublin. She now lives with Terri Harrison, survivor and founder of 'Forgotten Mothers' in Dublin, Ireland.

BirdGirl of the Shetland Isles - spirit doll for the ghosts of the Outcast Dead in the pauper's graveyard now a beautiful and sacred community garden known as Cross Bones Graveyard in London, England.

BirdGirl of the Shetland Isles - spirit doll for the ghosts of the Outcast Dead in the pauper's graveyard now a beautiful and sacred community garden known as Cross Bones Graveyard in London, England.

We Remember You - a spirit doll for the Janet Cornfoot and the l women tortured and accused of witchcraft in Pittenweem in Scotland. Now lives in the rose garden at the site of the witch burnings.

We Remember You - a spirit doll for the Janet Cornfoot and the l women tortured and accused of witchcraft in Pittenweem in Scotland. Now lives in the rose garden at the site of the witch burnings.

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