Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Great Big Beautiful Dolls by Space Coast Doll Artists

Art and Antique Studio & Gallery
September 2012

This group of doll artisans brings to Art and Antique Studio an outstanding show of creativity and style in the art of doll making. 

Doll making goes back as far as prehistoric times.  They were made with primitive materials such as clay, fur, wood, pieces of bone, and ivory.  Europe became a major hub during the 16th and 17th century with peg wooden dolls.  Other materials were used to make dolls, i.e., wax then porcelain, pulped wood and paper.  Fabrics, leather, rubber, papier-mâché, Celluloid, plastics, foam rubber and vinyl have been used. 

This evolving soft sculpture doll club began in 2005, with outstanding doll maker, Dolores Cox.   The group changed its focus from primarily a hobby of making cloth dolls, to an art doll group challenging each other to make more dolls inspired by great artists’ works.  Changing their name to “Space Coast Doll Artists” reflects the club’s mission:  (1) To further the enjoyment and appreciation of art dolls, (2) develop individual creativity, and (3) help doll makers grow in excellence as doll artisans, while promoting doll making as an art. 

They have outgrown three locations to accommodate their sewing machines, classroom space and materials to further their doll making.  They now meet every fourth Thursday of the month (except December) at the West Melbourne Library.    At the monthly meetings, there is usually a short mini-lesson on perspective, color, focus, design, etc.  There is a challenge every three months, and usually one of the members teaches a new project, method or new material.  The club brings in nationally recognized instructors for two-day workshops.  Past guest instructors have included, elinore peace bailey, Patti Maderia Culea, Jan Houck and Adel Sciortino.  Anne Hess is included as a future instructor for the Club.  The club has displayed their works at local libraries and quilt shows throughout Melbourne.  They welcome any opportunity to exhibit their art form. 

The Club welcomes beginners to advanced members with all pitching in to help and guide one another. The yearly fee is $20 per year and members in good standing receive discounted prices on classes.  What was once the “Henny Penny Doll Club” meeting at the “Red Rooster” is now an outstanding group of artisans that believes in promoting doll making at its best using materials, past and present to make collectible dolls for many generations to come.  

Stop by the Art and Antique  Studio and Gallery to see this exhibit. Here is the information regarding the opening reception

What:              Reception – Eau Gallie Art Walk – EAGAD Art District
When:             Friday, September 7th – 5:30 – 8:30pm
Where:           Art & Antique Studio & Gallery
1419 Highland Avenue - Phone:  253-5553 -Refreshments will be served

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