There are some great doll makers in Australia and some of them are members of Hello Dollies, the doll club of doll making store and textile art supplier, Anne's Glory Box. They hold quite a lot of events, including a recent workshop making beaded and embellished fairy slippers, and a members' Show and Tell.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sonya Prince at Dreamweaver Sculpts makes polymer clay fantasy figures like fairies and gnome creatures, and tiny miniature polymer clay dogs. She takes commissions for custom dog sculptures, using photos of your best friend. WIP's on her blog. When you realize the scale, you can't help but be impressed with the detail of the sculpting and painting.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Once again I'm indebted to my doll making friends for the heads up for another lovely site.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Thank you Barb for the heads up about Kurt Van Buskirk's delightful fashion doll clothing website. He designs and sells ultra limited editions of chic outfits for 16-17 inch fashion dolls. I'm excited to see them since our new Ellowynne Wilde arrived on Friday. I've taken measurements but have yet to make up any patterns. Kurt has some intrigueing plans for later this year. I'll be checking back.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Monday is Memorial Day in the USA. Here's Hasbro's whiz bang G.I. Joe website . On the other hand here is The Toy Soldier & Old Tin Soldier Shoppe, a source for rather different fighting toys.
May 25th is also the day "Star Wars" was released in 1977, and we went "Episode IV? Huh?". And a new industry in tie-ins and merchandising was born.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
It has been a while since I have mentioned any reborn artists. Here within Precious Ones Reborns is a very interesting work-in-progress project. Lillian Evans is creating a new reborn miniature sculpt from polymer clay, with lots of descriptive detail about her process
Friday, May 22, 2009
The Modern Doll Collectors' Convention will be held October 14-17, 2009 at the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town , Albuquerque, NM. I've stayed there. It's a lovely hotel for a conference. The 2009 Dolls Awards of Excellence will be presented there.
The theme this year is "Enchanted Adventures". There is also a Yahoo group for the convention.
Berdine Creedy, whose BJD's are gorgeous, will be just one of the presenters leading workshops.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Found on Twitter, Life, Craftiness and Everything blog full of useful marketing how tos and the sweetie-cutie-cutest wee precious little handmade mice, available on Etsy. Aww they are soooo cute and witty too. Now to put my Etsy Mini on my Facebook page....not as cute as mice.
Oh yeah - you can enter to win a mouse every month. Did I mention they were cute?
How cute are these gourd dolls and ornaments and strange little folk from Melissa Valeriote, aka "The Holiday Queen". Materials include paper mache, paper clay, and wood. She has stuff for all holidays but I think we can guess which one seems to be her favorite.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
It's a new fiber art blog, but the aesthetic is pretty and the cloth dolls with mixed media accessories and embellishments look very promising and interesting. I think Abi's "An Angel at My Table" blog will be worth keeping an eye on.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Angelifiticatus' website is still under construction. But, for your viewing pleasure, Mia Peterson does have an amazing Flikr album, with numerous sets full of photos of collectible dolls beautifully lit in textural backgrounds real and constructed. Her photography has been featured in Haute Doll and other publications. Reading the descriptions leads us to discover face up artists and doll costumers too.
If you love her images you can buy card sets from Cafe Press, like the pictured image.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Today I visited the Barbara Peterson doll show, a room full of vendors selling primarily Barbie collectibles including valuable vintage dolls, current and recent collector editions, vintage clothes and accessories. There was also a smattering of gorgeous Fashion Royalty and Tonner dolls. I was excited to see an Ellowynne Wilde doll in the vinyl flesh, and happy to note that the Tonner "Twilight" dolls resemble the actors a lot more in person than they appear to in the photos I've seen. It was fun to look at the Barbie's and Dynamite Girls and realize just how many of them we already have at home.
I also met a vendor I have featured here before, Joe Blitman of Joe's List, and was intrigued by his offerings of beautiful vintage style doll fashions from a Canadian company, Dressmaker Details Couture by Masterstroke. They are prettily packaged with a nostalgic feel and are very detailed. Photos of the outfits on dolls of different sizes are on their blog.
I live in California so I tend to be US-centric when it comes to events and resources. However the internet is international, so I'm happy to be able to tell you about some events across the pond. Jan Horrox, a UK textile, artist has an online store for all kinds of cloth doll supplies, workshops and patterns. She has listed a bunch of textile events in her corner of the world.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Rosie Rojas is a much published and prolific mixed media dollmaker. You can see her distinctive work in polymer and paper clays, cloth and found objects on her very nicely laid out website with galleries. She lives in Texas. I sure wish I could have visited for her Susie McMahon workshops last month.
Lisa-Li Hertzi has written a cool looking book, Art Doll Adventures. The dolls are fun and the lists of materials and tools helpfully comprehensive.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Jason Wu is celebrating 10 years of Integrity Toys by throwing a party in Chicago, October 1-3. Registrations are now open.
He has also designed the official Life Ball fashion doll, a beautiful limited edition collectible doll to benefit HIV and AIDS treatment, research and prevention.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Currently on sale at American Science and Surplus are these doll stand display cases. 15 inches tall with two different kinds of stands included, they are only $5.95.
This site has been one of my favorites for a long time because these guys have an alluring assortment of craft supplies and tools at low, low prices: a couple of different kinds of doll starters, remarkably inexpensive glass bottles great for holding beads and embellishments, paint brushes, dyes and every now and then glass beads, craft wires, ribbons and glues. Plus stickers, foam stamps, papers, sketch books. Also the descriptions are a hoot.
It's short notice, but there's a cool event coming up at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. On May 14 there will be a workshop and performance about shadow puppets presented by playwright Leslie K. Gray.
Here's a YouTube video of her work. I think I may have seen some of it at a kid's craft fair event a couple of years ago. It's very cool and fun.
A wordy site about shadow puppets has lots of info about them, but no pictures. Meanwhile Artsedge is a beautiful, slide show type of site with info and pictures about traditional Chinese shadow puppets and history. At this Indonesian travel site are many pictures (with links) of their traditional shadow puppet characters which are gorgeously painted despite not being seen in the performances.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
I had never heard of Izannah Walker until I was browsing recently. I'm so glad to have learnt about this part of American doll making history, an extraordinary woman whose work continues to be such a huge influence on many contemporary dollmakers. Izannah Walker Chronicles is a beautiful website, very pretty with a serene feeling, and lots of links.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Time for a bit of humor. Mike Mozart of Jeepers Media constantly posts his video reviews of "Fail Toys" on youtube, complete with whacky sound fx. These are pretty much always reviews of commercial toys, sometimes from major manufacturers. He has skewered teddy bears, lampooned certain Barbies, puzzled over Bratz, and found odd design flaws that make one join him in asking "Did anyone actually look at this before it was marketed and packaged?" and "Where were the focus groups?". Sometimes he may be a bit harsh, but he is pretty much always funny.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
This is not the kind of site I normally feature since it isn't about dolls specifically. However it seems to me that some (many) of the techniques and ideas presented in these tutorials for mixed media art could be put to good use in art dolls, paper dolls and certainly in art doll journals. Therefore I hope everyone will go across to Agnes The Red Art and Craft Tutorials and have a browse around.
(Thanks for the heads up Karma.)
In Los Angeles LATDA - the Los Angeles Toy, Doll and Amusements museum will be holding a Kokeshi Doll exhibit, in collaboration with the Japanese American National Museum . The exhibit runs from July 11th through October 4, and dolls by the featured artists will also be on sale at the museum store on site.
LATDA is a fairly new organization, still looking for a permanent home. But they have a newsletter, a blog and offer memberships.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Sometimes it's hard to choose which photo to use, when there is so much variety and beauty to be found. Linda Misa is another Australian doll maker who makes beautiful cloth dolls with personality and lovely faces, and who also creates painted and paper collages. On her site she offers a number of free pin doll patterns and lists the classes she offers. Go Aussie.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Surfing around I just found Judy Daigle's blog, Art Dolls and More. Can't think how I've missed it up until now. She makes character dolls in primitive style of cloth and polymer clay amongst other things. She also sells patterns including instant downloads. I love the personality in her dolls' faces. This cat is all but winking! If you hear fiddle music in the middle of night you'll know where to look...
Here are some cute knitted softies who, according to the Jen's Wee Softies blog, enjoy travelling and being photographed.
I was at the Eiffel Tower when I was a little girl. There's a small restaurant or cafe up there.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Craft Magazine blog featured these dolls by this artist, and now I want to also because they are really sweet. Quinn knits produces knitted, embroidered, felt and embellished soft doll and toys.
There are also some rather beautiful portrait dolls including a colorful Frida Kahlo under the Painted Dolls tab. The photography is also beautiful and exemplary for other doll makers wanting inspiration for staging and lighting their work.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Here's a new doll blog, by my one of my newest doll making friends. Gail makes beautiful spirit style dolls with mixed media and natural embellishments amongst other things. I gotta love someone who loves paper beads like I do! Oh and does recycled green type crafting too - check out her home made stamps.
Friday, May 1, 2009
In honor of Beltane, here is a website about handmade fertility and spirit dolls from Eastern Europe. Most of them are cloth, have a folk/primitive style and include miniature knitwear. I think they are rather pretty, and the details of information like why certain traditional trims or objects are included is interesting, even if you don't believe in the magical aspects.