Altered Barbie, Episcopal style

Out here in the Bay area, we are used to people who alter Barbie in various ways. After all, San Francisco is the home of the Altered Barbie art show and artist community. But now even the Washington Post has picked up on the altered Barbie trend.

Astute reader E sent along a link to a Post article about Episcopal priest Barbie. The article links to Rev. Ms. Barbie’s Facebook page, which is priceless not just for the beautiful fashion photos showing Ms. Barbie with surplice, cassock, thurible, etc., but also for the many comments, some of which are admiring and some of which are entirely disapproving. The Post also links to an earlier Religion News Online article, which had the headline “Barbie gets ordained and has the smells-and-bells wardrobe to match.” Excuse me, bub, that’s Rev. Ms. Barbie to you. And there’s a link to Unitarian Universalist blogger Peacebang’s “Beauty Tips for Ministers,” who has already posted on Episcopal Priest Barbie.

I note that Rev. Ms. Julie Blake Fisher, the maker of Episcopal Priest Barbie, lives in the midwest, proving yet again that the midwest, not the coasts, is the home of the most subversive craftspeople in the U.S. There are rumors that a midwestern craftsperson is even now working on a similar project for Unitarian Universalist ministers: Rev. Mr. Sock Monkey.

Update: Blogging at Blag Hag, Jen McCreight, a “a liberal, geeky, nerdy, scientific, perverted atheist feminist trapped in Indiana,” has created Atheist Barbie, who wears a Flying Spaghetti Monster necklace. Apparently BoingBoing even picked up on McCreight’s post, which means she probably exceeded her bandwidth limitations this month. I just want to say that from my point of view, a Flying Spaghetti Monster necklace does much more for an outfit than a thurible; accessories really do make the outfit. Did I mention McCreight was from the midwest?

6 thoughts on “Altered Barbie, Episcopal style

  1. Jean

    Hi there. I am another Midwestern Craftsperson and I’m working on a Happy Voodoo Zombie Doll. (She’s very sweet, albeit half dead.) To be displayed soon in a gallery near me.

  2. E

    Gosh! I’ve never been called “astute reader” before. Thanks for pointing the way to “atheist barbie.” Now we need post-theist, nontheist, pantheist, and omnitheist Barbie’s. I’m not sure that any of them should look different on the outside, but true to my childhood, I am sure that they all should have a haircut.

  3. Dan

    Jean @ 1 — Do the Zombie Dolls eat real brains, or only Barbie brains?

    E @ 2 — You write: “I’m not sure that any of them should look different on the outside…”

    We’ll know by their accessories! It’s all about the accessories! OK, and maybe their haircuts too.

  4. Jean

    Well, the zombie dolls eat depending upon their professions. That is, plumber zombie dolls eat “drains”; engineer dolls, “trains”; teacher dolls, “explain!!!!” … etc.

    It’s really fun.

  5. Dan

    Steve @ 4 — Cool!

    (Can we just skip the religion and have a geek Barbie, please? And how about a geek Ken?)

    Jean @ 5 — So poet dolls eat quatrains?

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