BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Arts Center member Louise Krasniewicz has whipped up a way to bring a little magic into people’s lives.

She’s created a virtual version of her Magical Poppet Workshop, which offers step-by-step instructions on how to make these symbolic dolls — popular in folklore — from items that can be found at home.

In her online tutorial, the Belmar-based artist provides the pattern and offers suggestions on what materials can be used, but most interestingly offers a lesson on “poppet magic,” which has spanned the decades and many cultures.

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“Poppets are a form of sympathetic magic in which an object is used to make something happen,” said Krasniewicz, a noted anthropologist who’s drawn from her research to develop the workshop.

For example, a poppet can be a charm for protection, healing, luck, memories, dreams, setting a goal, breaking a habit or even political commentary, she explains in the workshop.

And while many times, the poppet is created to resemble a person, they have been unfortunately been stereotyped as “voodoo dolls” in popular culture, including movies and books.

“A poppet is not necessarily meant to harm someone, but more likely protect them, enhance their luck, help them fall in love or find a lost object,” said Krasniewicz. “And in these trying times, it can be an object that gives comfort and a sense that we have some control over our fate.”

As part of the downloadable presentation, she also provides links to other sites to learn more about the history and cultural significance of poppets.

To access the free Magical Poppet Virtual Workshop, click here.

For more information on all virtual and online classes being offered at BAC, visit  


About Belmar Arts Council

Belmar Arts Council (BAC) was established in 2004 as a volunteer-based organization with one major mission: To bring people together to discover, learn and celebrate the arts.

And one major vision: To develop the BAC as an inclusive community of artists with activities, education and fellowship.

Its goals are to encourage the arts and support artists, to bring arts programming and education to all and to use the power of the arts to benefit the community.

It offers a host of educational and cultural programs in the visual and performing arts, including juried shows and other exhibits in a variety of mediums, workshops, classes, shared interest groups and musical events, from its gallery, located at 608 River Road, at Seventh Avenue near the railroad tracks.

BAC relies on the support of its members, donors, sponsors and volunteers throughout the year.  For more information, call 732-749-3360 or email


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