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Artist Hands Series: Intro Etsy Artists’ Hands

Hands of the Artist

I wonder what Picasso’s hands looked like. Have you seen the  famous picture of him with bread loaves instead of hands? Now I wish it was a picture of his real hands in the process of creating.  How about a picture of Vincent VanGogh’s paws?  Do you know about Frida Kahlo?  She is my favorite female painter. I am sure all of these artists had amazing hands. Strong, good hands. The pieces they created were certainly stunning, and their beauty will remain with us for as long as we can see them in museums.

My hands are not famous. The things they create are not in a museum. Still, they do important things all day, and I thought they deserved a post. So I wrote about them on my blog for Mother’s Day. 

In the next couple of months I want to show you the hands of my Etsy NaturalKids team friends. I’ll start with my hands for today. But challenge all crafting moms and dads on my Etsy team to send me a picture of their hands at work. Maybe write a story little or send me poem to go with your picture. Tell us what your hands were busy making at the moment when that snapshot was taken.

My hands in this picture are making a Waldorf style dollhead. Each doll starts in this humble way. Just a few fibers and my hands gently rolling them into a round ball. I love the soft warm feel of the wool. What’s your favorite material to work with?  It’s so amazing what we can make with our hands.

Show me your hands! Looking at a person’s hands you can learn a lot about them. The hands tell a story of their own…



Ulla Seckler  is a dollmaker who was born and raised in Germany. She lives in beautiful Colorado with her husband and two kids. You can find her Notes by a German Dollmaker on her blog where she shares some great German recipes, pictures of her sweet dolls, and life lessons learned.  Don’t forget to stop by her Etsyshop and take a peek at her wonderful doll creations.


3 thoughts on “Artist Hands Series: Intro Etsy Artists’ Hands

  1. I love this, Ulla! And the original post on your blog is so beautiful.

  2. Thanks, Julie. Hope I get some new hand pictures soon!

  3. Great idea! I’m going to have my daughter take a picture of my hands and email them to you this week.

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