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In the Classroom…

March 1, 2016

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I was recently contacted by my daughter’s H.S. art teacher, Ms. Kristen Spano. She was planning on having her students work on a Marionette project and, having seen my work, thought that my coming in to show my dolls and share some of my armature techniques might be beneficial to them. I came in armed with dolls in various stages of completion, various clay samples, wires and tools as well as samples of fibers I use for hair, plus whatever tips I thought might be helpful in this creative endeavor.

Ms. Spano, a talented artist herself,  was very generous with her time and I enjoyed answering any questions the students had. Above are some pictures from the classroom as well as some really great close-up pictures of my dolls (taken by Ms. Spano). Finally a very nice shot of me and Ms. Spano together. It’s been a while since I was “in front” of a classroom and, I admit, I enjoyed it! I really hope to get my work schedule ironed out so I can fit teaching back in…lol!

Happy Doll Making!

Work In Progress…

Ladies bottoms

ladies attached

December 4, 2015

Hi All,

Still working on my centerpiece dolls for the ODACA 2016 Convention being held in Washington.  I love the Polka-dot bloomers…if only they made them in my size…lol! Next on the list? Their dresses:) Until then…

Happy Doll Making!

Back again…

September 26, 2015

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Faces sculpted                                  Heads/body frame prepared

Hi all,
Wow…it’s been forever since I last posted! I recently started another new job as the last one was unlike anything I ever experienced before. It was very stressful and required long hours and was nearly 40 minutes away. I am now much happier in my new position and my daily commute is less than 5 minutes…how great is that?!
In May, I attended the Quinlan’s Teddy Bears and Doll Convention and it was fun! I got to catch up with old friends and made new ones and made a few sales…all in all, it was great!
Next summer, I’ll be heading down to D.C. to attend the ODACA Convention…my first…which, as always, will be joining forces with the UFDC (United Federation of Doll Clubs. I am very excited not only to attend the convention but also because I have been asked to created the six centerpiece dolls! Yay!!!! I am sooo excited that I already got a jump on it…see above. I cannot reveal the theme of the convention but all the dolls will be similarly dressed and have similar facial features but each will have “a little something” for an individual touch…fun! Until next time…

Happy Doll Making!

Excited!

April 16, 2015

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“The White Rabbit”                                   “Alice”

Hi All,

Looks like spring is finally here! I finally finished 4 “tea cup treasures” (above are 2…sorry, not the best pictures) and am now working on having them put up on my website. I will also be taking them to The Quinlan Artist Doll and Teddy Bear Convention next month…I am so excited!

The convention is such a great place to meet up with old friends and make new ones. The atmosphere is always lively, the sales rooms exciting and the food delicious…all at a great price! If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it.

In addition to working on the tea cups, I have been busy writing a series… 4 in all…of articles for Art Doll Quarterly. The series showcases ODACA (Original Doll Artist Council of America http://www.odaca.org/ ) as an organization and as well as some of our art talented artists. The Winter issue has been available for several weeks already and the Spring issue is due to come out very soon…check them out! ADQ always publishes a first rate magazine worth every penny.

The other thing I’m very excited about it that Schiffer Publications has included some of my ART work in their latest book The Art of the Contemporary Doll coming out in July! It’s great to hear that sooo many of my artist friends have been included as well…yay! I’ve already put in my order. If anyone’s interested, here’s a link to the Amazon page for pre-orders: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0764348604/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1. Well, that’s all for now…

Happy Doll Making!

 

 

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2015

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Hi all,

Well, yesterday was Valentine’s Day. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the Special day with your special someone.  Unfortunately, because of the impending snow storm, we never got out to celebrate as we’d planned. Today, we hope, we’ll be given another chance to enjoy a nice, quiet dinner for two!

Needless to say, the night didn’t go to waste as I continued working on my latest teacup: Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum…see above. This piece has been especially fun working on both faces at the same time…trying to make them look somewhat the same but not completely identical.  Alice and the White Rabbit are finished and when this piece is finished I will post them all! Until next time…

Happy Doll Making!

January 1, 2015

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Hi all,

Happy New Year!

This year, I am sooo looking forward to bringing creativity back into my life after trying to adjust to going back to work full time. We all work and, at some point, work has it’s challenges, but it is very important to find a leisure time outlet to help you get though the week. For me, that outlet is creating. In my last post, I shared pictures of my latest idea, “tea cup treasures.” I have been having a great deal of fun re-creating Alice and The White Rabbit to fit into the cups! Above shows the pink flamingo I’ve just finished that Alice will be holding and I’m happy with it.  Alice is finished as is the rabbit and once I’ve permanently placed them in their individual cups, I’ll share the finished results! Please check in again to see how they turn out! Until then…

Happy Doll Making!

 

 

 

Brewing Something New…

December 10, 2014

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Tea cup 1  Tea cup 2

Hi All,

While brewing a cup a of tea recently, an idea came to me.  I liked the idea of trying to create a doll and combining it with something functional as well as pretty. I already had a small collection of old tea cups and thought…pin cushion in tea cups! While this idea is not new…it is to me! I set out to see how I could work the kinks out of constructing them and get the look I had envisioned in my mind…I think I got it!

As usual, I never tire of my favorite children’s story’s for inspiration, in this case I chose Alice in Wonderland with so many wonderful characters to choose from. Above, I share the mid-stages of my Teacup Treasures © featuring the two central characters, my beloved Alice and the White Rabbit, of course. Please visit again as I finish these and add more to this limited collection I hope to show off at the Quinlan’s Art Doll and Teddy Bear Convention next spring!   Until next time…

Happy Doll Making!

 

 

 

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