The Imaginarium - Anthologies of an Art Doll, this is what I have been up to since July 16th. I had the opportunity to attend this fabulous Art Doll workshop over at Artful Gathering with instructor Mary Jane Chadbourne. This workshop has kept me super busy along with my work, my shops, family and other commitments, but I wouldn't have missed a minute of it. There a couple more weeks of the workshop left and it will end on August 26th.
I have to say this has been the best workshop I have ever attended. I have met so many sweet inspiring art friends and enjoyed the workshop with friends I already new and had the opportunity to see more of their work. Mary Jane is a super instructor, very talented and very easy to follow. If you haven't seen her art dolls, then you must journey on over to her Etsy shop, Desert Dream Studio and see a few that she has recently listed, but you will have to hurry, her dolls sell super fast!
I have always loved her work, and now that I am making these dolls myself, I have a much greater appreciation for the work and amount of time that goes into these creative creatures! I have made some doll assemblages of my own in the past which is what inspired me to take Mary Jane's workshop. I am so glad that I did. all the dolls that have been created by different artists there have been so inspiring and I have learned so many new techniques and how to properly apply them. Mary Jane has been a great instructor and makes everything easy and fun. Through her inspiration and knowledge, I have completed these 7 dolls and before each one was completed, I was already dreaming up another one.
There are the first three dolls I completed. Each doll is made of wood and stands up to 13" tall (some are shorter) with base of 4" x 2.25" deep.
"We are each of us Angels"
"I dreamt I was a Soul"
"Let us Dream of Evanescense
And Linger in The Beautiful Foolishness of Things"
Not one of the dolls I made turned out the way I started with them. They all seem to take a personality all their own.
And here are the last four I completed. I probably would still be making them except I have run out of parts!
By my fourth doll, I became a little braver in my assemblage and I thought this one needed a door on front since she had a cut out in the middle.
When you open the door, you see the word "HEAVEN". One side of the door says: "Come In"
The other side of the door says: "Open to All".
This is the back side of the doll, I love creating the backs as well as the fronts
This is my favorite part of the doll, which I knew I had to have when I saw this little lantern at Michael's and it also came with a little battery pack, so there is no plug in required.
"WE WILL BE ALRIGHT" IS Doll # 4
"ADVENTURE" "UNTIE YOUR WINGS" .... is doll # 5
"FOREST FAIRY" ....is my doll # 6
I sculpted this doll's face from clay, which was one of our lesson's in the workshop. Her branches that I added to her crown are also from paper clay.
"She loved watching it. And Suddenly she knew some-thing. And it made her feel wonderful, about Life itself."
(I loved using the vintage door knob and the ceramic doll hands)
"COUNT THE HAPPIES"
For Doll #7 I decided on a CLOWN...... "LIFE IS GOOD"
I was pretty happy with how her painted face turned out since I have never really painted a clown before.
I did something a little different with this doll... for the back side, I created another doll, just a little different than the front side. I used vintage monopoly playing pieces on her head and her juggling balls are copper wire and beads.
The last part of the workshop, I will be working on some Block Dolls and some Artist Trading Blocks. You will have to visit again to see what I learned to do with those.
If you have the opportunity next year to attend a workshop at Artful Gathering, doing something you love or trying your hand at something new, take the time for yourself and do it, I promise that you will be so glad that you did.