n., pl. obÂ·jets d'art (Ã´b'zhĕ dÃ¤r').
An object of artistic merit.
[French : objet, object + de, of + art, art.]
This week's Knitty Blog assignment: Objet d'art around the house. As you can see, my house is lacking in the art department:
But I did think of this handmade and hand beaded doll. She was purchased on a trip I made to South Dakota and created by a Native American Artist, Dorthy Ann Little Elk. Dorthy is a member of the Rosebud Sioux tribe and her work is been displayed in the Smithsonian. I wish I had a better camera to capture the detail of her work, which is exquisite.
She stands about 12" (30.5 cm) long. Her moccasin boots are 2" (5.1 cm) tall.
Back of her dress, with her tiny knife shield and bag:
Detail of back of her shoulder dress:
When I travel, I like to buy one small item handcrafted by a woman artist. Something small: A bit of lace in Ireland, a woodcut print in Hawaii, a little petit point from Vienna, a basket in the Carribbean.
I enjoy and rely on my hi-tech, electronic toys but I treasure my little baubles made by human hands.