Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Madame Alexander created a small and briefly available line of 12 inch Nancy Drew dolls in 1965. They are very rare and valuable, dressed in the clothes of that time.
Nancy began her life as an 18 year old in 1930, the height of the Great Depression. It is interesting to see the changes in the cover art depicting her in different fashions as the different editions were published.
In 2009 she is a peripatetic modern girl in the Her Interactive PC games. And some very cool dolls appear in some of the games. In the most recent, The Haunting of Castle Molloy, a bunch of handmade portrait dolls are weird clues, one needing completion, and there is a doll house game that gives important tools. There are also antique dolls in the set decoration.
There is also a very cool puzzle that is central to Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon, with part of the story being about a doll collector. In Legend of the Crystal Skull, the housekeeper has a voodoo doll in her room.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
The next one is in Phoenix, January 29th.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Here is an illustration of President Lincoln holding a doll. I'm guessing this is a metaphorical moment rather than historical incident, but it's a nice little doll for historical reference.
This is another picture of little Mary holding a doll from the another issue of the same publication.
OK I know these are relatively lighthearted for such a serious historical moment, but in honor of the inauguration of a new President of the United States, here is a series of commercial dolls, Talking Presidents - and a few other loquacious individuals.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
So many workshops (lots of reborning) it would be hard to decide which to attend. The exhibitor list is a genuine who's who of doll designers and vendors.
Plus a book signing with Hildegard Gunzel.
The Figurative Artists Consortium convention will be held June 11-14, 2009 in Ottawa, Canada. Registration is open now for an international lineup of presenters, including Pearl Moon (that's one of her dolls pictured). Classes and workshops, challenges, swaps, lectures and presentations, vendors and auctions, show 'n' tell display. Sigh. Makes you wish you had an unlimited travel budget, doesn't it?
In some good news about the situation, Save Small Business from CPSIA is one of the top ten "Ideas for Change" being sponsored by Change.org chosen by popular vote.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Six of his magnificent figures will be on display as part of the monologue, I believe in addition to the rest of the permanent collection. The museum is nice place to visit anyway.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
So you look at the pictures of Canadian artist Dale Zentner's adorable child figures and think that they are utterly delightful 18 inch porcelain dolls. Think again! These are pictures of amazingly detailed OOAK polymer clay figures most of which seem to be about 8 inches tall sitting. Admire their smooth skin, the embroidery and fine stitchery in their diminutive costumes, their precious tiny teddy bears clutched in their perfect little hands.
She also designs gorgeous clothing for BJD's of different sizes under the label Pink Grapefruit. I love, love, love the crochet. I want those dresses for me.
Cloth Paper Scissors is calling for contributions for Mother's Day and Father's Day articles. I'm sure some of us have crafted dolls for our folks that would be good possibilities. The deadline for emailing in low res images is January 29th.
They are also offering a nice discount on the book "Cloth Dolls for Textile Artists".