Monday, April 12, 2021

April 2021 Newsletter

 April 2021 Newsletter


 Upcoming Meetings 

April 17, 2021- virtual
May 15, 2021- virtual
June 19, 2021- virtual?
July 17, 2021- virtual?
August 21, 2021- virtual?
September 18, 2021- virtual?
October 16, 2021- virtual?
November 20, 2021- virtual?
December 18, 2021- virtual?

All meetings for now are virtual until we are allowed to meet again in the library so this agenda is subject to change.

Meeting Minutes
Present at the March virtual meeting were Andrea, Elena, Sue, Virginia, Julie W., Katie, Ann C., Jude, Maggie, Barbara, Martha and Joan.

During Show and Tell Elena showed two dolls she had made.  They are so adorable, made with cloth over clay faces.
Elena's doll

Another cute Elena doll

Sue has been busy and staying on task completing one doll a month.

Katie has been enjoying her online class with Ankie Daanen in which she is making a doll with paperclay.

Barbara completed a beautiful Greek doll named Penelope after a character in the Odyssey as well as her dog Argos.

Joan completed a cartonnage box she made in a free class from Colorway Arts.


Business
Andrea gave us the good news that our annual Holiday Art Fair and Art Doll Show is scheduled at the Irvington United Methodist Church on November 20, 2021!  Thank you Maggie for making the arrangements for this to happen!  Plans are also in the works for our annual Christmas Party in December.  Virginia and Sue are in charge of planning the party.  There will be a gift exchange for those who wish to participate.  The theme of the party and gift were discussed.  
Barbara informed us that June 12th is the 35th anniversary of World Doll Day which is celebrated on the second Saturday of June each year.  Many celebrate the day by giving a doll to someone.  Barbara is thinking of  organizing something for our June meeting for the celebration.

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Upcoming Challenges and Events
June - Button Challenge Doll
November - Edgar Allen Poe Challenge Doll

Next Meeting
Our next virtual meeting on Zoom will be Saturday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m.  Invitations will be sent out in advance to members.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

March 2021 Newsletter


 March 2021 Newsletter


 Upcoming Meetings 

March 20, 2021- virtual
April 17, 2021- virtual
May 15, 2021- virtual
June 19, 2021- virtual?
July 17, 2021- virtual?
August 21, 2021- virtual?
September 18, 2021- virtual?
October 16, 2021- virtual?
November 20, 2021- virtual?
December 18, 2021- virtual?

All meetings for now are virtual until we are allowed to meet again in the library so this agenda is subject to change.

Meeting Minutes
The following members met by Zoom in February:  Andrea, Katie, Elena, Maggie, Sue, Virginia, Ann C., Martha, Joan and Julie W.
Show and tell did not disappoint.  Members who had challenged each other to finish UFOs showed us their accomplishments.  Andrea started us off with her doll "Alyssa" inspired by a Cindee Moyer pattern.  She incorporated her love of tatting in many details of the doll including a beaded crown and a tatted medallion created by recreating a medallion that was on her father's christening dress.  Wow, that's amazing, Andrea!
Andrea's Alyssa
Andrea's Alyssa with tatting

Virginia was an overachiever completing 3 dolls since our last meeting. One is a cute Luna Lapin bunny named Kaleidoscope.  Virginia was in Kathryn Walmsley's triplet class and completed "Millie Huckleberry holding a baby bear and she also made "Lada" from a Lucy Landry pattern. Congratulations on your accomplishments, Virginia.  These are all great! (She also showed us a headless doll in progress so we know there is more to come next month!)
Virginia's "Kaleidoscope"

Virginia's "Millie Huckleberry"

Virginia's "Lada"



Sue completed her Luna bunny named "Thistle" (pattern by Sarah Peel) and  "Parsley" from Kathryn Walmsley's Triplet class as well as "Sybil" made from doeskin from a pattern by Jennifer Carson . Sue has challenged herself to complete 12 dolls this year.  
Sue's Thistle



Sue's Parsley

Sue's Parsley

Sue's Sybil

Sue's Sybil

Elena had two dolls to show us.  She finished Final 9th Stitchpunk with polymer clay hands. The other is a whimsical mantle doll playing a guitar named Leopoldo.  Members expressed interest in her teaching her sculpting techniques at one of our in person meetings in the future.  Great work, Elena!
Elena's Final 9th Stitchpunk

Elena's Leopoldo

Katie shared that she is taking an online class and is working with paperclay.  She has also worked with polymer clay and talked about the differences and challenges in working with these media.

Ann C. has been working on her Kathryn Walmsley Triplet Doll.  We look forward to seeing it when finished.  Maybe in March???

Joan had prepared a slide show from pictures she had taken when she was in Pakistan of dolls in a museum there.  The costuming in these dolls were exquisite.  There were also photos of Pakistan wedding attire that were extremely ornate.  She also had photos of dolls she had taken at the Eiteljorg museum.  How inspiring, Joan!  Thanks for sharing!

Maggie shared she has prepared sketches of a button doll and an Edgar Allen Poe doll for the upcoming challenges.  She had been stuck at an appointment for a lengthy time and hadn't taken anything to occupy her time, so she borrowed some paper and made use of her time.  Great thinking, Maggie!

A few days after the February meeting Andrea let members know that one of our former members from a number of years ago, Diana Baumbauer, now has patterns she has designed available on Dollmakers Journey.  Some of our members remembered her.  Leslie actually has her pattern for Zelda from 1986 and although she had never made the doll is now inspired to do so. Leslie relates that Diana is very talented and as a member was always coming up with new ideas for joints and internal wiring or tubing while she was a member of our club.  Diana had left Indianapolis and gone to California.  We are so happy to see she is still making dolls and sharing her knowledge. So proud to say she was a member of our club!
Diana Baumbauer's Zelda pattern

Business
Andrea happily announced that we possibly may be able to meet in person at the library again perhaps in June or July.  What great news!!!
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Upcoming Challenges and Events
June - Button Challenge Doll
November - Edgar Allen Poe Challenge Doll

Next Meeting
Our next virtual meeting on Zoom will be Saturday, March 20 at 10:00 a.m.  Invitations will be sent out in advance to members.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

February 2021 Newsletter

February 2021 Newsletter

 Upcoming Meetings

February 20, 2021- virtual
March 20, 2021- virtual
April 17, 2021- virtual
May 15, 2021- virtual
June 19, 2021- virtual
July 17, 2021- virtual?
August 21, 2021- virtual?
September 18, 2021- virtual?
October 16, 2021- virtual?
November 20, 2021- virtual?
December 18, 2021- virtual?

All meetings for now are virtual until we are allowed to meet again in the library so this agenda is subject to change.

Meeting Minutes
There were twelve attendees at our January meeting:  Andrea, Julie W., Katie, Mary, Martha, Virginia, Ann C., Sue, Elena, Jude, Denise, and Joan.

For Show and Tell, Mary showed us a wonderful phone bag Martha had made her so Mary can always have her phone with her.  How thoughtful, Martha and how pretty, a fashion statement!
Mary's phone bag

Virginia is working on a Luna doll and says she will finish a Bridget doll  for the February meeting.
Ann C., has been busy making masks with coordinating colors.
Sue has a UFO she will finish to show for the February meeting.
Andrea has been working on her tatted doll and plans to have it done for the February meeting.
Jude showed her finished Tilda Santa.
Denise plans to finish her Triplet doll for the February meeting.  She also made a needle case.
Elena showed us a clay faced doll she had made. The Chinese lunar New year 2021 is the year of the Ox and appropriately Elena made a fabulous cow. She also showed us a third doll she had made.  How imaginative!  Great work, Elena!

Elena's clay faced doll

Elena's Lunar New Year Cow
Elena's imaginative doll

Business
Attendees discussed the upcoming challenges.  After careful consideration it was declared by our president to do a Button Doll for the May challenge. Many members emailed their agreement including members who were not able to attend the meeting.  A button doll would be any doll that featured a button or buttons as part of the construction or costuming and could be easily seen.  
We still plan to do our Edgar Allan Poe challenge sometime in the fall, hopefully when we can all be together in person!
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Upcoming Challenges and Events
June - Button Challenge Doll
November - Edgar Allen Poe Challenge Doll

Next Meeting
Our next virtual meeting on Zoom will be Saturday, February 20 at 10:00 a.m.  Invitations will be sent out in advance to members.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

January 2021 Newsletter

January 2021 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings
January 16, 2021 - virtual
February 20, 2021- virtual
March 20, 2021- virtual
April 17, 2021- virtual
May 15, 2021- virtual
June 19, 2021- virtual
July 17, 2021- virtual?
August 21, 2021- virtual?
September 18, 2021- virtual?
October 16, 2021- virtual?
November 20, 2021- virtual?
December 18, 2021- virtual?
All meetings for now are virtual until we are allowed to meet again in the library so this agenda is subject to change.

Meeting Minutes
Our meeting in December was the largest attended virtual meeting so far.  There were 14 members appearing:  Andrea, Ann C., Julie W., Maggie, Cindy, Katie, Martha, Sue, Jude, Barbara, Liz, Joan, Leslie, and Mary.  And three states represented!:  Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois.  So nice we can see each other and not have to travel so far!  
For show and tell we shared our gift exchanges the pictures of which are in the previous blog post.  Leslie told us about the "Susie Snowflake" doll she made for Liz.  It was based on a song with the same name which Leslie remembered from when she was in second grade.  Liz asked Alexis to play the song for us, which she promptly did!  The wonders of modern technology!  We found out that Barbara talks to her Christmas tree.  (Wonder what she says???)  It was fun being able to chit chat with each other and catch up on what was going on in our members lives.

Business
Not much business covered this meeting as it was our annual Christmas Party.  Somehow we started talking about buttons and ended up thinking we might do a button doll as our June challenge and the Edgar Allen Poe doll as the November challenge.  We will work on details at our next meeting.
Remember there are no dues until we begin meeting in person again.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
June Challenge Doll
November Challenge Doll

Next Meeting
Our next virtual meeting on Zoom will be Saturday, January 16 at 10:00 a.m.  Invitations will be sent out in advance to members.