Sunday, July 12, 2015

Christmas in July

Tilda Tea Party - Christmas in July swap. Oh dear, who is that gate crasher ? At least the Asian tea lady is wearing Tilda fabric! 
Glorious treasures! Thank you Gloria - how lucky are we that you paid us a visit. Not everyone can have Anne's Glory Box visit them . What a special day! 
Raggedy Ann is 100 years old this year. December challenge is a Raggedy Ann . Marg was the lucky winner of this tiny vintage Raggedy Ann 

Connie and her amazing coat created from upcycled jumpers. Doesn't Connie look majestic in her epb style crown?

Christmas in July lunch - no more needs to be said. 

Vicki's very cute puppies - reminds me of the rhyme. What are little boys made of ? Snips and snails and puppy dog's tails. 

Embroidered tree by Vicki 
"Melville"  on show.

Carolyn is happy with her head from Marlaine's workshop 

Gamarna putting some final touches to her tree. 

Marg's magnificent Christmas cross stitch - almost done! 

Irene's dolly applique for a quilt - the doll is coming. 

December swap - a tree doll. Here's an idea! 

New Beginnings, Making New Memories

Special announcement to all Hello Dollies friends,  
Yesterday (11 July)  at our 'Christmas in July' meeting with Gumnutters ( besides an exciting and treasure laden visit from wonderful Gloria), it was decided unanimously that the two groups Hello Dollies and Gumnutters  join creative forces to become Gumnut Dollies Newcastle. There was lots of discussion about future plans and it sounds a very exciting time for doll making in the Hunter. 
We will be meeting on the second Saturday of each month at the Girl Guides Hall, Thomas Street, Hamilton South (Merewether) and will have special events/excursions/visits on the occasional  fourth Saturday of the month  
For updates on what is happening -  The Gumnutters Facebook and the Hello Dollies blog have both been changed. 
Facebook : We have a Facebook Group page - this is a page for only those who apply for access to this page. The page is Gumnut Dollies Newcastle
Blog : All the old posts from Hello Dollies can still be accessed, but the blog has a new address

A BIG thank you to Gloria and Fay for the many fantastic years of nurturing us to this stage, and to Ann M and Jo for their initiative in establishing Gumnutters. 
Thank you to all for your support of this new creative journey. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hello Dollies' Conversation with Olivia Parsonage, Textile Artist

Hello Dollies  members were delighted to meet Olivia Parsonage and her textile art at the May meeting. It was lovely to see some samples of Olivia's work and hear about her current preparation for her exhibition later this year. 

For those who didn't get the opportunity to meet Olivia, here is some information 
Olivia Parsonage is an illustrator, sculptor and fabric artist. She completed a Diploma of Fine Art at Hornsby TAFE in 1998 and Bachelor of Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle in 2009. She has previously exhibited in Sydney at Hornsby TAFE and Eden Gardens and in the Newcastle region at Watt Space Gallery, John Paynter Gallery, PODspace gallery, Newcastle Art Space and Maitland Town Hall.

Olivia Parsonage explores the potential of fabric as an illustrative tool. Although the technique is quite precise, the rambling comes from the imagery that evolves through the sewing process. The background of patchwork fabric informs how the surface layers will develop, creating the texture and atmosphere for the narrative.

Olivia's most recent fabric illustrations capture her quirky sense of the absurdity of everyday living. There is a silent narrative to each piece that can be found while enjoying the sinister undertones sewn into each of the works. They are influenced by childhood tales of monsters and folklore fears of nature and animals and everyday moments that make up our human existence. (from 
The Walking Thread, Olivia’s exhibition, in 2014, explored the potential of soft sculpture and  textile art installation, adding another voice to her narrative.  Olivia is currently working on extending the installation for an exhibition in Maitland Regional Art Gallery , opening in September 2015.
Thank you, Olivia for visiting us at Dollies and best wishes for your upcoming exhibition. We'll all be there, for sure! 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

April Afternoon tea at Hello Dollies

What you can do with a simple cardboard shape of a bilby?  Hello Dollies members show  there is no limit to their imagination..... Last month, Jo made delicious gingerbread bilbies. 
This month, Margaret made a beautiful statuesque stump doll with bilbies and Easter eggs  around the skirt border - such a pretty face and we also loved the basket made from a doily.
Dolores wore her bilby as a brooch - love the gumnuts as an additional Aussie touch. 
And who could not love Wendy's little bilby baby with her cuddly bilby.  Such a clever interpretation. 

And of course there was everything else from spirit pagan goddesses to delicate fairies - and popies for Anzac Day .... lest we forget. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

"Mad as a March Hare"Paper Dolls at Hello Dollies

What a wonderful happy day at Hello Dollies - lots of fun! Paper doll Easter bunnies offered a gentle creative exercise and it was probably the quietest we all were as we coloured in with conentration and focus!  And what a varied and amazing show and tell .... 
Bobbi's Boho  jewellery and mystic treasures, Wilma's birds,
and in the background, Jo's delightful  bunnies. 
Bobbi's mixed media sculpture 
Wendy's whimsical "wabbits". 
Marg's champion rabbit which featured in the showcase of excellence at the recent Newcastle Show

 with Alice and a pink fairy with that fashionable tulip shaped skirt. 
Wilma's Bilby totem woman - eco dyed  wool and silk 

Apologies to Jo for the blurry photo of  her precious rabbits, but Jo won our hearts with her bilby shaped gingerbread . Made from Granny McKinnon's recipe, the gingerbread was absolutely delicious with lemon flavoured icing and hand cut using our challenge shape of the month! 
Wendy showed us her vintage/antique? collapsible  silk opera hat , with its original tissue paper wrapping and the original hat box. These were called opera hats because of the practice of folding them up and storing them under one's seat at the opera, first popular around 1840. 

Jackie's beautiful beaded lariat
 Lovely to see Fay drop in briefly to donate some of her previously treasured magazines to the group - and there's that ubiquitous pink hair again!
Happy Easter to all from Hello Dollies 

Post script : It is with much sadness that just now I heard of the death of fantastic doll maker Peggy Wilson, a friend of Hello Dollies. When visiting with her doll maker friend, Marilyn Halcomb, Peggy graced Hello Dollies, and many of you have created beautiful dolls from Peggy's patterns, including Long Tall Sally which Peggy gifted to Hello Dollies. The world of cloth dolls has lost a great talent. Condolences to family and friends of Peggy Wilson. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fabulous February at Helllo Dollies

Smaller in numbers, but a wonderful day at Hello Dollies February meeting. Look at the gorgeous pin doll /name dolls made during the meeting under the leadership of Connie. I do love the bright pink touches - now let me see, where have I seen that colour before?
What an array of show and tell, with Bobbie's brilliant creations, Jane's rather jovial witch, and Wendy's wonderful fabric  "paper" doll album , complete with many outfits and a delightful carry bag.  Congratulations everyone.

How can we possibly up to the March meeting,but that's correct, the March meeting will be 28 March. Scrap Needs 300 Main Road Cardiff 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hello Dollies January 2015

We all had a great time at Bobbi's and Jane's - lovely way to start the year.