Saturday, January 23, 2010
Tabitha from Joppa
I have a friend who really likes the story of Tabitha in the Bible. You will find her story in the book of Acts, chapter 9 verses 36 to 42. She made clothes for the poor, and when Peter came to visit Joppa, the people came to him and asked him to come with them. They arrived at a house where she lay, dead. The women showed Peter all of the clothes she had made, and he raised her from the dead.
My friend asked me to make a Tabitha doll for her husband to buy for her birthday.
I looked at some pictures of young women for this sculpt, and just couldn't picture her as a young women. I decided to use the picture of my grandmother. She is now 84 years old, but I made Tabitha a bit younger. I loved the process of studying my beloved grandmother's face, and translating it to clay.
I even called her and asked if she'd ever wanted to be a model. She said, "No!" I then told her that she was an unwilling participant!
Anyway, here's the result of my efforts.