Creativity Meets Her Guardians

Acrylic & Mixed Media, 2020

Spirit of the Autumn Oak

Needle felt & found material, Nov 2020 (as work in progress)

See below for how she was finished

Finishing ‘Spirit of the Autumn Oak’

This doll was begun on an online doll making course in the autumn of 2020 that was created and led by Julia Inglis of Sacred Familiar.

She was inspired in particular by observation of the large oak tree – estimated at several hundred years old – that lives over the lane from our cottage.

She’s eleven inches high and took several weeks to bring to fruition. I had to learn to trust the process and not push too hard, taking a break of a few weeks while she remained as an unfinished work in progress.

Autumn Oak was completed in mid January 2021 when – between us – we agreed on her final form. I’ve heard other creatives speak in terms of the reciprocal relationship between themselves and their pieces but it’s something I only started to experience once I began to rewild my creativity in 2020.

It certainly happened with ‘Autumn Oak’; she dictated the pace, the length of the break between starting and finishing her, and the ultimate resolution of her appearance that came through once she was ready to be completed.

The twig that forms her arms and the acorn cups that adorn her were collected from beneath the oak tree that inspired her.


Winter Blackbird, Collage, 2019

Goldfinch, Collage, 2019

Long Tailed Tits, Collage, 2019

Hedgerow Plants, Digital Drawing, 2019

Wolf, Papercut & Collagraph, 2019

Wolf, Papercut, 2019


LAUNCHING in my ETSY shop February 2021

As part of the rewilding of my creativity, I’m letting my imagination come to life in the form of an eclectic range of hand-crafted creations. Pieces will be on offer in my Etsy shop from mid February 2021 onwards.

There will be a monthly update of shop listings around the date of the new moon. There are regular features on work in progress and the inspirations behind my work on my Instagram account @aliroecreative.

You’ll find my shop at AliRoeCreative

I strive to work earth-consciously using materials like paper, wool and reused/recycled found and foraged items.

I’m exploring and experimenting with processes that are new to me including needle felt, papier mache and assemblage.