Artist shows how to turn socks into dolls

Wendy Lugg focuses on recycling and will hold workshops to create sock dolls.
Wendy Lugg focuses on recycling and will hold workshops to create sock dolls.

Textile artist Wendy Lugg took up a month-long residency in Yanchep’s Capricorn Community House at the start of November.

During her stay, she has been holding textile and printing workshops with local artists and visiting Two Rocks Primary School.

One of the projects she set for older participants was to create sock dolls, inspired by a 100-year-old rag doll from her grandmother.

‘I’ve got historical rag dolls from my own family and I’ve got a vintage sock doll that I purchased in the US,’ she said.

Local artists have created their own characters from clean old socks, and one participant, Angie Beck, said one of the five she had made so far would be given a passport and sent travelling the world.

‘On Thursday, November 21, we will be sewing some bags, coverings and containers using some of the printing fabric that some of the people have been printing and perhaps sewing up socks for people who would prefer that,’ Lugg said.

The artist-in-residency program was initiated by the Two Rocks Yanchep Culture and Arts Network, and is funded by Artsource and Capricorn Yanchep. Workshops are free.