Archive for May 30, 2006
Two years ago our doll club applied to the Fairbanks Art Association to have our own show in the Bear Gallery. We had to go through a juried process, complete with slides of our work, a formal biography, and other rigamarole. To our delight we were one of about 10 artists chosen for shows this year. Hard to believe that the two years has passed and this Friday is opening night. Today three of us spent 7 hours hanging the show. It was an interesting experience to say the least. We started out with a empty room – I don’t think we knew enough about the process to be intimidated by it. We certainly had no clue it would take that long to set up! Let me tell you all about it …
Well, maybe she’d really be a hoot if she was an owl instead of an ostrich. But she’s done and she was a lot of fun to make.
It’s amazing how long a simple thing takes when there is drying time involved! This project had paint drying time, epoxy drying time, more paint drying time, and then varnish drying time. So even though the hands on only took about an hour at most – it took most of the day before I could say it’s done.
Click image to enlarge – it has a neat paint job that you can’t see really well in this little photo.
I’m still messing with that Ostrich Showgirl. I decided that she needed a swing. Mainly because my doll club has a show next month in the Fairbanks Art Association’s Bear Gallery and they said if we can hang a doll from the wall or ceiling we can display more dolls. So I challenged myself to make one from purchased materials. I think I did pretty good.
Ya gotta have a sense of humor when you live with a fiber artist!!!
It’s taken me two days to get the face to this point. It’s a very interesting process and unlike any that I’ve had the opportunity to try before. I have learned to love my pastel pencil now. I tried doing a face with all pastels a few years ago in a Patti Culea class but I had the chalks instead of the pencils. It was impossible to draw with those so it was a very frustrating experience. The pencils are a whole other story though.
I am testing a pattern (well, really an online class) for my good friend Natalie Hamade. So far I have the body sewn and stuffed and the hair finished. Take a good look at the hair …. can you guess what it is?
my daughter Jeanna … high school graduate .. Class of 2006 …
Too many projects going on at once. I don’t know what to do first, LOL. Actually I have to work on my friend’ Natalie’s Ostrich Showgirl as I’m testing her for an on-line class. This doll is going to be a lot of fun. Then there is the paper doll who has her undies on but no clothes. The two clock dolls. Probably have more projects hiding here and there too. Like the Flat Stanley Round Robin doll who is in her envelope under my sewing table. Sigh. Plus I’m two months behind for the Member of the Month gifts for the Embellished Circus. I’m never going to get them all done. Ack. Anyone else do this to themselves?
I have decided that we doll makers no longer have practice or reject heads. Since our excess doll parts end up in the bone yard all excess heads will henceforth be known as dead heads. Dead heads should be displayed in a basket with tie-dye material. Playing Grateful Dead music in the background is strictly optional.