Sainted Love – Santos Doll
Rochelle Gaukel, Instructor
Date: Friday, July 28th, Sunday July 30th, 2023 (9am-4pm)
We will also be casting some sacred hearts to go with your dolls as well. You will learn how to make a mold and pour up that mold using the casting resin. (Due to time constraints, your Santos doll body and arms will already be ready for you to use).The history of Santos dolls: The Santos dolls take their name from the Spanish word for Saint, and are also known as Santons (French) and Santibelli (Italian). The Santos that started the genre of dolls we currently represent (primarily Spanish colonial and western European style), were originally started as copies of 17th century carvings by priests. Originally, Santos were created for use as in-home altars. They were needed in small villages that did not have a priest, as well as for when it was not possible to travel to church, such as during times of war. Their development flourished in Europe in the 1700s and 1800s, primarily due to these wars.
Instructor Bio: Rochelle is a Chilliwack, British Columbia based soldering artist who got started in this medium 15 years ago on a trip to Italy. From that moment on, she was hooked and wanted to learn more. As she took as many classes on this medium as she could, she soaked up all of the knowledge and practice of this art. She loves creating with vintage bits and pieces and her creations always have that time worn appearance. While on the hunt for items to include in her soldered art and jewelry pieces, these always include antique papers, vintage photos, and rhinestones and jewels from old neglected jewelry. The best part of the hunt is finding something that speaks to her heart and begs her to tell a story creating with it.