We got to see two lovely old dolls at our February meeting! The dolls' owner sent them to the club in order to find out more about them. She was in great luck, as our resident museum curator Mary Jane just happened to be in attendance.
|Two lovely old dolls|
|vintage Mexican doll|
The next doll was amazing. We would all have loved to take it home. Mary Jane told us that it was a Japanese doll from the 1930's. The doll is carved of wood with a cloth body, and the face and hands are covered in 'gofun', which is ground oyster shell that is mixed with glue.
|Japanese gofun doll of the 1930s|
I wonder if this child doll once wore sandals?
Here are two more links about the gofun process:
Shimakyu: The face made by Tohso-Gofun-Gihou
Nihonga Notes: Gofun (oyster shell white)
Some other great stuff from February's meeting:
Martha is one step closer to fame -- she brought a copy of her magazine cover debut. Congratulations! INto Art is a local Brown County, Indiana quarterly that covers fine arts and crafts. Martha is an artist at a Nashville gallery.