Ginger Mari Fuller
How did you get started in making voodoo dolls?
I actually was raised Wiccan and my mother was really pro-occult. She was very big on Halloween—my parents were married on Halloween. This year because I’m away from my family, I really wanted to do something special. Voodoo dolls seemed to fit the bill. They were cute and I could tinker around with them a little bit and make them personalized.
So when you say voodoo dolls, can you actually use them to affect someone?
If I wanted to, I could add some witchy ideals to them like using a piece of hair or someone’s tooth. But mostly, in my experience, voodoo dolls have been used for good, as sort of a focusing charm when you need something to calm your nerves. It’s all usually used for good, but the mainstream media perpetuate that they’re for revenge or evil. Blah, blah, blah! Most people who actually do practice things with voodoo dolls really try to get away from that demonizing of it.
Have you gotten any backlash from this at all?
Actually, when I first started making the dolls I did it as a way to calm my nerves after a very horrible amount of fighting between me and three other girls. And as a way to kind of store that hateful energy into something more productive I got interested in voodoo dolls. I’ve actually gotten a lot of positive feedback from it, and everybody loves the dolls.
So do they work?
Umm, it depends on your idea of what works. It all depends on your personal belief of what you’re striving for.
Have you done many personalized voodoo dolls?
So far nobody really has asked. It depends on what kind of materials they wanted to use. If they had a lock of hair I would probably sew it into the seam and try to make it up to whatever standards they have for what they want.