Crafting Dolls for 50 years
Who / what was your inspiration to start making dolls? What inspires you today?
My inspiration at the beginning was really just to see if I could do it. As time went on, and the techniques and engineering became a little easier, the thoughts turned to WHO was I going to make next. I am so fortunate to be able to hang out with other creative people. I come from a background in business (computers - software and hardware sales) so the ideas of having a 'message' or 'concept' is not one that comes to me naturally. I have had to really learn to pay attention to what I saw and heard and sometimes felt to begin 'creating' a new doll or series. I get ideas from songs, books, a piece of fabric that speaks to me and sometimes just the raw emotions of my life and the people close to me.
Do you have a favorite character / doll that you make? Tell us about that doll.
When did you join the Guild and why?
What is your favorite part of being a Guild Member? What is your participation in the Guild?
I do at least one of the Craft Fairs each year and try to demonstrate at the locations that sell my work at least once a year.
Do you teach workshops on how to craft dolls?
Focus on Costuming (February 15, 16, 22, & 23)
(with back up dates the following weekend) for a new class
(some patterns provided) at Asheville Cotton Company in Asheville, NC www.AshevilleCottonCo.com
Focus on Costuming (March 6, 7, 8 & 9) (some pattern provided) at Sewing Boutique in Ft. Myers, FL www.SewingBoutique.com
Beaded Mermaid (March 26 & 27) (pattern provided) at Esther's Fabrics on Bainbridge Island, WA www.EsthersFabrics.com
Workshop Cloth a Dollics (March 29 & 39, April 5 & 6) workshop in Victoria, Canada contact me if you are interested
Design Your Own (April 20, 21, 27 & 28) at Freemans Creative in
Durham, NC www.FreemansCreative.com
Little Swimmer (May 2 & 3) (pattern provided) at 5 Little Monkeys Quilt in Weaverville, NC www.fivemonkeyquilts.com
Focus on Costuming (May 24 – 30) (some patterns provided) at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC www.Folkschool.org
Design Your Own' at Bee Eclectic Studio & Emporium in Hastings (August 19, 20, 26, 27) MI. 117 W State Street, Hastings, MI 49058
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