I worked all day on my Doily Woman. Removing the red squares from one part of the old quilt and replacing them on the background behind my Doily Woman.
I think the red outline makes her seem like she’s more integrated in the background, more a part of it. As if she’s emerging out of it instead of just sewn on top of it. I hadn’t expected that, but the idea of emerging suits her.
I also looked up the meaning of the name Zelda, which is what I’m going to call her, or I should say, who she is. I did begin to create her on the day Zelda died. And I think, in her posture, Doily Woman has the kind of strength, independence, and determination that our sheep Zelda embodied.
As usual, when looking online, I found different interpretations of the meaning of the name. But in the Online Etymology Dictionary, I found that Zelda is short for Griselda which in German means “gray battle-maid”.
Wikipedia suggests that “the name originated from Old English “gris hild”, meaning “dark battle”…. *grīsaz, meaning both “grey” and “fearsome, terrible”, and *haliþaz, meaning “warrior, hero”, or alternately *hildiz, meaning “battle” “
Zelda is a warrior.
I was stunned at the meaning of the name Zelda and at that moment my Doily Woman became even more of who she is. I feel like gray, battle, maid is an almost perfect physical description of her.
I researched some more and found that “Gray Battle Maiden” is an Anime character whose name is Zelda.
So I texted the artist, Blue, from Bishop Maginn School whose paintings Jon and I helped sell this past summer to ask if she was familiar with the character. I haven’t heard back from her yet, but I know she’d be the person to ask about this contemporary Zelda.
I can see now that Zelda is coming to life and I seem to have less to do with it than she does.
8 thoughts on “Doily Woman/Gray Battle Maid”
The red squares are giving her such depth. I love the organic growth of your pieces.
Yes, that’s the right word for it Susie. I thought when I first put the pieces together I knew she wouldn’t change much, but she really is different just because of the red around her.
Oh WOW, Maria… this is very cool…I think I recognize some parts of this amazing Gray Maiden Piece!
No doubt Gail and the background for sure.
She is very much coming to life as I see her changes happening under your hands. I almost wanted to say it is creepy but that is wrong, instead the word vibrant is what I hear in my mind when I see your photographs of her.
Thanks Erika, that’s really great to hear.
My granddaughter was born last Friday and they named her Zelda… the name really grows on you! Your dress does remind me of a woman of battle!
Congratulation Melodie! It is a powerful name for sure. I bet your granddaughter will quickly grow into it.