Monday, May 16, 2011

Weekend with Patti

How privileged we have been to have a weekend with renowned doll maker, artist, author and teacher, Patti Medaris Culea. Patti, as a special friend of Anne's Glory Box, is much loved by Hello Dollies members from both Newcastle and Sydney and her classes have been appreciated and welcomed for many years. This class was no exception and  all were really impressed with the Shiva Paintstiks especially,  the special techniques Patti uses to colour the face of her wonderful creation, LiMei.







And if creating the beautiful LiMei wasn't enough for one weekend, Patti and a few friends were treated by Gloria to a magical evening on Sunday night. We ( yes, I was one of the lucky guests!) thoroughly enjoyed the astounding spectacle , were moved by the evocative music of Andre Rieu, his talented  orchestra and the wonderful surprise stunning performance the famous Seekers.

Update 17 May : here is a photo of the whole group, courtesy of Ann M - thanks Ann.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

All About Faces

April Hello Dollies was all about faces... I chose this illustration for the blog this month because  I am often told that my doll faces are Asian - this one looks llke my grandaughter!  We had a really great discussion about  our feelings about doll faces? various techniques used to make, draw, sculpt faces for our dolls?  whether the head , face, and hair are done first or last? what kind of fabric is preferred for needle sculpting? Thank you all for sharing your ideas, inspiration. knowledge and skills.
SHOW and TELL was spectacular as usual - beautiful feminine dolls, creatures great and small, woollen frills and swirls, felt and fabric creations .. we had it all, with a special visit from a delightful young doll maker who had a fantstic doll she made with her grandmother.




 And we had a wonderful Easter themed gift swap  - lots of happy surprises!

Hope you all had a very happy and blessed Easter.
We will have a very different and exciting meeting on 28 May - some life drawing basics to help with deciding on doll body proportions.