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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cord Work with River City Figurative Artist Guild

The Guilded Lilies and the River City Figurative Artist Guild have been friends for years now.  We host each other in our home city every other year.  This year it was our turn to go down to Cincinnati.  As soon as we arrived we began talking trying to catching up with each other. We had use of a club house  that was spacious .  We walked around admiring every one's art work from the River City Group. 

The members had a wonderful spread of food for us when we arrive. Every summer salad you could think of along with casseroles and Deserts galore!

After lunch there was a show and tell and then a fantastic workshop.  Robbie Porter headed up the workshop.  With the exception of scissors the project items were totally supplied to us.  Wow what a host with the mostest!  The technique taught was working with yarn and cording.  It was an interesting class.  The picture to the right is a figure posed on top of a painted gourd.  The gourd has cord work atop forming the upper body figure.

At first we pretty slow catching on, but once you got past the first couple rows of working the yarn and cording it all made sense.  Suddenly the class repetition of it all became  intoxicating.  I just could not put it down. All the way back to Columbus, I sat and worked with the cording.  We all agreed that the applications for this technique were endless, only limited to your own imagination. 

A special thanks to the River City Doll Artisan group for hosting us this year.

Friday, August 12, 2011

A Day At the Fair

Art Dollmaking - Fun at the Fair
A day at the Ohio State Fair with the Guilded Lilies and a few other groups joined in the fun:  The Doll Gatherers from Cleveland and the Time for Dolls group in Akron helped make art doll pins.  We had over 1600 pins prepared for the Ohio State Fair goes to draw on. 

The members of the club draw and/or stamp faces and animals onto cotton fabric circles.  Using a thread and needle we sew a running stitch around the perimeter of the fabric. Then cut round cardboard circles and lay a bit of stuffing on top of the card board, pulling the thread gently while keeping the cardboard & stuffing in the center of the circle.  When the thread is as tight it is tied off  and walla!  We pre package these in kits, 25 in a kit. Our members take a kit home after every monthly meeting and before you know it we have over thousand of these.  It is a popular Make it & Take it project for fair goers. It is also easy on our budget. They are easy and quick to make.  

The challenge for the Fair goers is to color in the faces.  This is a fun art project and we have a few minutes to tell them about art dolls.  It is a wonderful way to promote art dolls.   As you can see the tables were always full.  We had children, mothers, fathers, grandfathers and Dads.  No one was ever left out.  People of all ages enjoy making them.  We even have some people tell us that they look forward to making a new one every year.
  There is also a awesome class of competition for Art doll makers. Sculpted, Clay, Artist Figural, Primitive, Cloth and Rag Doll
The Guilded Lilies from Columbus Ohio, The Doll Gatherers from Cleveland and the River City   Figurative Art Ggroup in Cincinnati all support the competition at the Ohio State Fair, by donating the price money for the entry divisions.  We all are trying very hard to encourage artist to enter their work in the Arts and Crafts division of the fair.  In the back ground of these pictures you can see all entries are safely tucked away behind glass.  This year we had over 45 art dolls on display for all over the state of Ohio.  The thought of the day is that it really doesn't matter of you win. The idea is that we are educating others about art dolls. 
There are hundreds of thousands of people that walk through the fair every year.  The fair is open for 14 days.  Our group would works the first 5 days of the fair.  We would work all 14  if we had enough volunteers and could make three times as many pins. We love talking to the public about our art work that is displayed in the cases. We always meet several people interested in finding a club that is in the same city or close to them. 

Crazy Dollmaker Wear Crazy Clothes


    Right before Artistic Figures In Cloth one of the workshops was to make some wearable art for the convention.  This class was taught by Cathy Barnes.  The workshop was call none other than Shoedelocious.  That's right crazy art doll makers love to wear crazy artzy cloths.  The members purchased new or used shoes then painted them and bejeweled them with goo gahs of any and every kind.  With so much homework and preperation for the up and coming convention this was a welcome class.  Since you only needed to show up with shoes in hand and a bag of supplies, it was easy to prepare for. 

Opening night at AFIC there is a banquet called Hat and Heels Night. All the students and teachers come dressed in their hand made finest wearable art, costumes and jewels. These shoes fit right in and were fun to show off!

A Day with Cody Goodin

Mediums Make the Art World Go Round by Cody Goodin

As a teaching art guild we really value the workshops our own members teach.  They give of themselves putting a lot of hard work into the class.  We also support art doll teachers.  In the beginning we only hired in one teacher a year.  As the club grew so did our finances. Soon we were hiring two teachers a year.  We wanted to do all we can for art doll teachers and thought perhaps we could also start looking at local teachers for 1 day or 1/2 workshops as well.   Cody works a full time job.  Getting away for 1 day was easy for him to work out so the deal was made. The Guilded Lilies were delighted to have the opportunity to hire and learn from him for the day. 

Cody works at an Art store in the Cincinnati area.  this gives him the unique opportunity to try out every little art product that comes down the pike. 
Luck for us we were able to spend a day and learn more about acrylic paint and mediums than we ever thought we could. The class gave us hands on experiance with the paint and a variety of specialty mediums used to enhance our own art doll creations and ideas to use in other types of artwork.  It was a grea day of fun.
To see what other wild and wonderful things Cody creates and teaches go to:

It was such a fun day that some of the members just could not let the day end.  Cody packed up and went back to Cincinnati.  There were club members that reported to have stayed hours later retreaving discarded paints and mediums disgarded in the trash out.  They continued experimenting and playing until all materials were exhausted.  Now that's a WORKSHOP!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Pin Me Down

Triangular pincushions by Cathy Barnes
 Posting stopped at the end of January!  I had a few little things to attend to and well the next thing you know it is 6 months later.  So lets pick up in February.  Several months prior to February we all got excited about doing a Pin Cushion Exchange.  Make as many as you want and exchange with as many people as you can.  Here are the results!

Totem Pole Pincushions by Cynthia Dassler

Patty Cake, Mouse and Jim Dandy Pincushions by Cyndy Sieving

Magnetic pincushions by Gigi Galloway

Felted Houses by Janet McMullen

Stand Up, Can you Touch your Toes and I'm Exhausted by Jody Miller

Little Creatures by Jean Underwood

Pumpkin pincushions by Kristen Morris

Sweet little Mice and Finger Pincushions by Lynda Mahaffey

Chairs, People and Bobbles by Liz Seibold

Mushrooms and Pincushion Boxes by Kim Rose

Mermaids, Monkeys and Bears Oh My! By Mary Lauer

Beaded Pillow Pincushions by Marilyn Young

Doll Bust on a platform that holds spools of thread.  by Sue Mathias

Saturday, February 5, 2011

January Show and Tell

January's Meeting was full of Dolls and energy.  Show and Tell was fun.  Linda Apple rejoined and is back at making dolls again.  Here are 3 of her latest creations.

Then Christmas dolls were shared.  I would have loved to had owned any one of these.  I have to appoligise as two of the dolls I took pictures of were way over exposed. All you could see is a white blur.  

Dot Lewallen
Gigi Galloway

Jody Miller

Liz Seibold