Welcome, at long last, to the 2012 Indy Cloth Dollmakers Round Robin Dolls! We call it a reveal, but actually the pictures will get less revealing as we go along, because the dolls start off as bare bodies and get their clothes in the later rounds. Here they are, posing beside their traveling bags in January.
For those unfamiliar with the idea, a round robin doll (also called a bag doll) is a progressive group project. You start with a doll body inside a bag, and without peeking, trade it for another doll. You create the face for that doll, and hide the doll in the bag to trade again. As time goes on, the dolls travel to new dollmakers, and at each stage of the journey, get another element of their costume. We broke our project down into seven steps, so seven different club members worked on each doll. In February, the dolls get their heads sewn on, now that they have such lovely faces.
Now let me take a second to explain the un-glamorous backdrop in these photos. The round robin players did not want to see the dolls before the end, so in order to get pictures of all the steps, the photographer had to whisk the dolls away to a nearby storage room during the club meetings, to take pictures in secret. Finally in March the dolls get to wear clothes!
And in April, very stylish hair-dos.
June's picture was obviously taken in a bit of a hurry. It was hard work to get most of the dolls to stand or sit nicely, but you can still see the accessories -- hats and scarves and bits of jewelry.
We will also have a series of step-by-step photos for each doll, so stay tuned for all the lovely close-ups. Remember, this post is just an overview! July's meeting was also a little rushed, as people had other places to be, but we do get to see some very delicate footwear.
Finally, the last step! The dolls themselves are finished, but need to be shown to their best advantage. Round 7 is presentation -- giving the doll whatever she (or he!) needs to own her little spot in the world. Many of our dolls acquired 'significant others' of some variety, while others gained the perfect spot to perch.
Every doll travelled with a journal, so that each dollmaker could share the developing story as the characters developed. If you come to our doll show in November, you can see the journals, too!
|Round 1 - naked doll bodies|
|Round 2 - faces|
|Round 3 - clothes|
|Round 4 - hair|
|Round 5 - accessories and embellishments|
|Round 6 - shoes|
|Round 7 - stands and presentation|