Annie Hesse, creator of Annie Dolls (be sure to visit her gallery pages), has alerted me to yet another fantastic opportunity to commune with other doll artists. In September she is co-ordinating a conference with a series of workshops with international instructors in Kentucky called, delightfully Magic, Mischief and Mayhem. Be sure to scroll down to see photos of the variations of the beautiful dolls that will be taught.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Thank Yvonne for the heads up about Creations in Fiber happening in Albuquerque, NM , May 28th to June 1st, 2009. Lots of great classes with some master doll makers, including Jean Bernard and Sherry Goshon teaching the pictured doll. The theme for the conference is "Musicals". Lots of very cool doll and costuming possibilities there. Challenges too of course.
Last time I went to Albuquerque from Los Angeles we took the train. Sleeping car, meals included. It's a great way to travel if you have a lot of luggage (or dolls).
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I like the work of relatively new doll maker Sugar Donkey Dolls. She is working in cloth and polymer clay also. She posts lots of WIP photos that are interesting, and the finished dolls, dark or light, are very sweet.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Today, April 24th is Arbor Day.
Not a doll maker, but a figurative sculptor in wood - I have enjoyed browsing around the website of artist Stefanie Rocknak. Her work-in-progress pictures are very interesting, seeing the figure emerge.
Working closely with 1960's pop art designer Alexander Girard, was doll maker Marilyn Neuhart. Her vintage plush pillow dolls feature screen printing and hand embroideries. They are very bright and vivid. Visuals of Girard's work are on show here. He also designed colorful graphically painted wooden dolls.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Michelle Munzone is an accomplished Australian doll artist living in my old home town of Sydney. In addition to her website, she also has a blog. She offers lots of online classes and workshops, and sells doll patterns to share the love and fun. I especially like some of her recent creations, a series of Zodiac dolls (12 of them, naturally) in mixed media/spirit doll style. I'm a sucker for beading and text in surface detail.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
More for Earth Day...
Taraluna presents fair trade, organic and green toys and gifts. They present a couple of lines of soft dolls made from hemp and/or organic cottons, some stuffed with soft filler made from recycled plastic (I'd like to take a look at that for my own doll work). Lots of color and fun too. They also have wooden toys, plush critters and soft hand puppets.
I chose the picture of the sling momma in honor of my friend Heather, who just had a new baby boy.
Anita Stoklosa, called Anicetta, makes beautiful and highly detailed custom clothing for Tonner and Barbie sized fashion dolls. She also makes gorgeous beaded tiny shoes and jewelry. Doll collecting is alive and well in Poland.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I found the cutest site - a Teddy Bear Museum. Here are some pictures of sweet faced teddy's, and their historical context, including a copy of the original Teddy Roosevelt cartoon that started it all. Plus links and a forum.
Here is an online store that specializes in Antique Teddy Bears. I mention Lucky Bears Limited here both as a place to browse and investigate the old teddies, but also because under the Encyclopedia tab there is a lot of really useful information about caring for them to preserve their value and beauty. I like the idea of freezing out bug larvae.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Volks are having a Doll Party in New York in June! Yippee.
It really is astonishing to me that the Volks USA Dollfie showroom is only about 10 or 12 miles from my door, and I still have not been there. These are truly amazing, customizable dolls.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
One of my earliest posts to this blog was about the Enchanted Dolls of Marina Bychkova. I mentioned that she had an upcoming exhibit. Well...it's open and ongoing at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in Milwaukee, WI until June 7th.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Here are some Easter Bunnies I have recently noticed on Etsy.
Sweet Poppy Cat has added an Upcycled Recycled Sweater Bunny to her collection of plush cats.
Veruca Dolls Land's Chubby Pink Rabbit is entirely hand sewn.
The Porcelain Egg Shaped Bunny offered by Creation Cottage is adorable, plus they have some other bunnies and sweet spring offerings as well.
Golden Needle Creations has some miniature Lop Eared cashmere Bunnies in a basket.
Sara at Devout Dolls has a bunch of Bunny costumes for Blythe dolls that look very cute.
Cute is also the word to describe Kokeshi doll maker Beladonna's wood Easter Bunny.
Bear Creek Design offers a needle felted Bunny Rabbit, as does Kindred Spirits 12, although both are very different bunnies in character and look.
Finally Sillyboodilly has a sweet, stuffed and quilted Bebe the Bunny with hand embroidered eyes.
Yikes, sorry I've neglected this blog for a couple of days! But I hope to make it up to you by featuring the work of a wonderful mixed media and doll artist, Cynjon Noah. It is worth visiting his Etsy Store also for a look at the breadth of his interests.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Textile and quilt artist Barbara Zuazua is one of this month's featured artists on the Dharma Trading Company website. She has an Etsy store where she sells beautiful cloth dolls which showcase her altered and dyed textiles including vintage embroideries. They also have detailed stories and whimsically sweet personalities.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Ok it's a little silly, but I'm a fan. April 7th is Jackie Chan's birthday. (Also Francis Ford Coppola).
Here's a recent review of a vinyl action figure of a very poseable Jackie Chan. (Looks like a useful review site to browse.)
Here's a handmade "Wax Doll" of him... some might call this a candle...
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Russian Vogue has a feature about designer Matroyshka dolls. Can't read a word of it, but check out the glossy pics.
I followed the link there from Jeanne's Sew Many Things...Sew Little Time blog. Some very cool cloth and mixed media dolls there.
Here's a fun Etsy store - Hardyharhar makes completely cool OOAK monsters and critters out of repurposed and recycled clothing with other found objects incorporated, that she calls either Scrap Monsters or Frankensoques. In her profile she says that she specializes in memorial items made from your loved ones effects. Her creatures have personalities big time, and descriptive monikers. And belly buttons.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Erika Catellani is a Swiss doll maker who works in wood, carving and painting adorable children from maple. Their clothes are adorable too.
Many of Erika's dolls are available from Little Princess Frocks, an interesting online store that is an outlet for many collectible doll makers, as well as assorted antique and vintage dolls and accessories. Be sure to click on the Village link, and visit some of the locations there. Fun stuff.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Dover Publications is offering a "President Obama Paper Dolls" book to augment the earlier pre-election publication of "Obama Paper Dolls".
Dover puts out a lot of art books, including many with public domain images that can be used in collage and mixed media. They put out a monthly newletter which includes downloadable freebies and samples. Scroll down the page to reach the Free Dover Sampler with Paper Dolls link.