All Dolls are Art 2014

If you are interested in learning sculpture, want to learn more about how artists approach their designs, or just want an interesting read – the ADAA 2014 faculty profiles are getting posted to the all new All Dolls are Art Blog!

Jean Bernard, of the famous Jean and Sherry team, is teaching 2 classes:  Bobble Head Barbie Pulled Herself Together Ontime and Fantasy Chair.


Clarissa Callesen is teaching 3 classes:  Wishkeeper, Steampunk Sally, and Bohemian Gypsy.


Sherry Goshon, the other half of the Jean and Sherry team, is teaching 3 classes:  What’s to a Head, The Illusion of Costuming, and Fun with Wire, Paper, and Cloth.


Angela Jarecki is teaching 2 classes:  About Face, How to Draw Faces, and Titania.


Ellen Kelsey is teaching her Fabulous Fish class.


Myriam Powell is teach a Luna.

Work In Progress & Final Dolls

Books as Sculpture

I had an errand downtown on Saturday mid-afternoon and decided to drop into Gallery Shoal Creek in the Flatbed Press building to see an exhibit that was profiled in the Austin American Statesman of work by Tony Saladino and Karen Hawkins.  I didn’t do much in the way of art this past week, so this was my chance to immerse myself in art.

Karen Hawkins work is derived from books.  It is definitely sculpture and is fantastic to see installed.  I could have spent the day amongst her pillars if I hadn’t had my appointment to get to.  I asked and received permission to photograph her work.  Thanks to Gallery Shoal Creek and Karen Hawkins for this fantastic exhibit!


From Karen’s statement on the Gallery’s postcard:

“Karen Hawkins’ work explores “the book,” a rapidly declining composition, and how, or whether, it remains purposeful in a digital age.”

As an ardent reader, collector of books, art journaler and intermittent book binder, I generally do not subscribe to cutting up books, even though I went through a phase where I altered books.  I can honestly say this is a tremendously moving exhibit.




Karen uses dictionaries, sheet music books and black and white picture books, from what I could see, to construct her sculptured, hanging pillars. In addition to the pillars, there were several small pillars sitting on tables in the gallery.  There were two wall pieces, one of which was incredibly striking.


This was the view as you came into the Gallery proper with the pillars just behind this wall.


I highly recommend visiting the gallery to see this exhibit and the many others which I didn’t photograph in the galleries in the Flatbed Press building.

This exhibit runs through June 14th.  The Gallery’s hours are Tuesday through Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-3.

Treasures of The Gypsy Challenge 2013

If The Shoe Fits, copyright 2013, AnLiNa Designs

The challenge theme this year was Masquerade Ball, and I loved it!  If you get to Houston, you’ll see this piece as part of the Celebration of the Doll exhibit.  If not, I’ll post more pictures here over the next week.



She’s showing off her fabulous shoes.  This piece was inspired by a co-worker who always has fantastic footwear.



The challenge fabric was the iridescent rose piece and the lavender sheer that is her petticoat.


I made the mask using instructions from fellow TAODA and CTADS member, Theresa May.


She had to have opera gloves.  I’m really happy with the way she turned out, even if she did venture a bit farther from my vision than I intended.

Busy, Busy, Busy, But Creative

In short bursts, I’ve managed to eke out some creative work in the time since I last posted.  I have completed a doll for the Stretching Art and Tradition challenge, almost finished a Catrina from my Central Texas Art Doll Sculptors Retreat, and started on my Houston Dolls.  Plus I finally got the Kerfluffle entry done in the Words Art Journal Round Robin.  So – lots of pictures this post!

First – She Wears Many Hats


For the complete details on this piece, visit Stretching Art and Tradition 15: Hi! It’s Me!.


Next, my Catrina – in polymer clay!  I never work in polymer clay because I can never figure it out!  Major props to Yoanna B who developed and lead this project in the CTADS retreat, because I actually managed to sculpt something in polymer clay!  Her costume isn’t done yet.




And last, but certainly not least – the Words Journal Round Robin.  First, the work by this journal’s creator, Donna.




Next – the first word “Imagine”, artist unknown because she didn’t sign her work.



Next:  Peggy W with Believe



Next – Debbie G with “Moon”



And the moon opens up to reveal this:


Next Suzanne, from MT, with “Wings”


I love seeing what Suzanne comes up with, as she always has something interactive to play with!



Now, for my entry: Kerfluffle.  This word gave me quite a bit of trouble.  After much thinking about it (I’m only 3 months late mailing), I arrived at this:




I first drew the large Kerfluffle letters on the page in pencil.  Then I started lettering with Fine, Extra Small, and Brush Pitt Pens around the page.  The goal was to create a blanket of letters in different styles and hands, without actually doing calligraphy.  I will be mailing it off to Mary Monday!

The Unveiling of Falerina, the Flower Fairy


She’s finished, or just about.  I have her label to sew in and need to spray her face with fixative and stitch her basket to her hands.  Otherwise, she’s ready to take her bow!  She will be listed in my Etsy Shop late this week.  I have to haul out the back drop and the lighting to get her good pictures done, so that won’t happen until Wednesday. 

I am so pleased with her wings, which I finished up yesterday.  I saw a picture of wings by Deb Wood on the A-for-Artistic website and just missed signing up for her class.  I will definitely take it the next time it is offered.  I muddled through creating this wings with help from the class I took at Art Fest last year. 


She has ears, unlike most of my dolls lately, because I wanted to use yarn for her hair that I got at Hill Country Weavers last weekend.  I’ll explain the relationship in another post.


And here is Falerina with her basket of flowers.  I went shopping for the materials in my studio!  Gotta love it when you don’t have to buy anything to complete a piece!


She got her gladiator shoes today.  She even has toenails, which you can’t see because she’s kneeling on them.


Here’s a back shot of her wings, without her hair to get in the way.


And a close-up of her basket.  Happy Spring! 

Speaking of spring – a few shots from my garden.  The flowers are definitely blooming.


My patio at 10am this morning.


Purple salvia in my back bed.  I will post more pictures of this bed a bit later.  I’ve got three varieties of salvia mixed together with rosemary, lavender, Mexican Petunia and a couple of trees.  The salvias are going nuts!  It must be the compost I added this year, cause the Hot-Lips salvia has already grown 3 feet from where I wacked it back and the red salvias have put on the longest flower spikes I’ve ever seen.  They are going to pop open any day now and it will be a stunning display.

The new flower bed is taking off.  The mist flowers and the copper canyon daisy are thrilled with their surroundings.