Monday, October 31, 2011

Nothing Ordinary in October

There was certainly nothing ordinary at our Hello Dollies meeting in October. The "show and tell" was extraordinary, with some members having attended recent workshops with Akira Blount and Sherrill Kahn.
The photo above is a beautiful art doll from Akira's workshop, with photos below of  some of the work produced in Sherrill's workshop.

There was of course a lot more - I am sorry I didn't get photos of everything - I got too engrossed in looking and listening to the stories behind the fantastic work. We had everything - from aprons made from overalls, Christmas banners, knitted scarves, colourful fabric bags, art brooches ... the list is all you can imagine ... as well as amazing art dolls, using many different techniques.

And a wonderful doll by West Australian doll maker, Linda Misa , added to the collection of one of our members.

Our techniques demonstration for the day was "walking through" the process of making a simple little doll's chair or throne. The possibilities are endless, so I am looking forward to seeing many creative interpretations of this. Please contact me  via the comments below if you would like the basic instructions I prepared for this meeting.

Congratulations to our wonderful beautiful Ann who shaved her head to raise much needed funds for the Cancer Council and their continuing cancer research. Ann thanks all Dollies friends who supported. her. We are so very proud of you, Ann, and think you are very brave. Not many of us would volunteer to do without our hair!

Ann also initiated a challenge to make a Christmas theme doll for the December meeting. The challenge is to create a Christmas doll from a pattern which originally was not Christmassy - hope to see many participating in this fun challenge.
And last but not least, Happy Birthday, Fay. Have a wonderful time with your family.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Handmade to Help

After a  couple of weeks away, I am revitalised and have lots of new ideas .... I follow the Comfort Doll Project blog and was happy to see an Australian Connection in the most recent post. Here are some dolls donated by Australian dollmaker, Delys Brady . My Rotary club awhile ago made some little comfort dolls for our local women's refuges, but it is probably time again to restock. I also thought perhaps the Hello Dollies group might like to become involved and contribute to the Comfort Doll Project in Australia.
We already make sure that Centacare are provided with beautiful dolls and toys to be distributed at Christmas, and I am not suggesting that this should be abandoned at all. However, I am sure we all have a few small dolls that could also be donated as comfort dolls. I'll talk about it some more at the October meeting, but in the meantime, please consider this idea while I make contact with the Australian Coordinator of the Comfort Doll Project for more information.

See you at the next meeting 22 October - I will organise a little tutorial on making a luxurious looking chair for a doll. Best wishes, Wilma