Perdita means lost. I imagined that her driftwood head came from a boat that was lost or abandoned. It is charred and has a nail in it. She is sad for what was lost and is clinging to the idea of the lost boat. Once I had finished her body, I decided not to give her a costume-just the torn silk and cotton scarves.
I had the idea for making a doll using this piece of wood quite some time ago. More recently I was reading Art Doll Quarterly and saw that they had a challenge to make a wooden doll. The definition specified that the head, at least, must be made of wood. So I m going to send her off and hope they like her. Or if they don't that at least they look after her and send her home safely! As an aside, I was talking to my brother on Thursday night and mentioned my doll and her wooden head. He is a woodcarver amongst other things and has offered to make me a few carved wooden heads for my birthday and I can turn them into dolls! I look forward to that.