GUMNUT DOLLIES NEWCASTLE is a group of creative doll makers, using a variety of different media. We warmly welcome new members and visitors. Our dolls range from the naive to sculpted art dolls created with cloth, clay, found objects and much more. We meet on the second Saturday of the month and are based in Newcastle, Australia. Our group has its beginnings with HELLO DOLLIES a doll makers' group established by Anne's Glory Box and GUMNUTTERS, a group of like minded doll enthusiasts.
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.