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Thursday, June 28, 2018

June 2018 Phoebe Meeting


The challenge object inspired from nature was due at this meeting, and "Mother Nature" by Sue is shown above. To see Sue's second nature-inspired creation, as well as those by other Phoebes, check out the challenge section of this post.

Calendar Of Events 

July 19, (Thursday), Phoebe Play Day and Meeting (Play Day will be from 1 to 4:30 P.M., and the meeting follows from 6:30 to 9:15 P.M.), Marcella is offering her home for this event. She will also generously provide a salad dinner between the play day and the meeting. Please find parking on the street. The play day will feature three make-it-and-take-it activities. Harlene will conduct "Paper Beads;" Bonnie will demo "Paper Flowers and Embellishments;" and Sue will demo "Paverpol Masks." Bring your Phoebe tool kits, join in, and have some fun!

August 16, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting (6:30 to 9:15 P.M.), location to be determined.


September 19, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting (6:30 to 9:15 P.M.), location to be determined. The challenge for this meeting is a chair, made from any materials of your choice.


Nature Challenge 

Here is a more complete view of Sue's mixed media "Mother Nature" figure, which includes the natural embellishments, including three fungi and a seed pod.

Sue also created this wonderful nature-inspired polymer sculpted face. She is definitely a talented sculptress.

Bonnie made one of her signature mixed media flat dolls to depict the lady in the garden shown in the accompanying graphic. Her work always has the perfect balance of composition, color and form.

Bonnie also made these whimsical birds which are fashioned from two different materials. The top one is cloth, while the bottom is made from paper. Bonnie's forte is originality. 

The photo that inspired Daisy is shown in the background. She used the seascape colors to inspire the fabric choices she used in her cloth mermaid figure. Daisy can create an original pattern for any and every living creature!

 Donna used a seahorse photo to inspire her watercolor painting on the left.

Elizabeth created this elegant collage which features "The Raven" from Edgar Allen Poe. She sculpted a raven's head from polymer, which is see protruding from the circular frame.

The photo of daffodils was the starting point for this work of art by Harlene. She hand painted a lovely array of flowers on this white cotton vest. Her painting is so perfect, it is hard to believe it is all done by hand.

Our Oakland Zoo docent, Suzanne, who is also a very talented mosaic artist, created this Zebra mosaic, which will be complete as soon as she adds the grout.

Rosie loves making cloth primitives, and this "Mr. Fox" is her latest figure. He was inspired by the humorous YouTube video which features the song "What does the fox say?"

Rosie inspired Donna to try making a primitive, also. The one above is a homage to her dearly-departed black cat, "Spooky."



Linda and Marjorie have just completed an on-line workshop offered by well-known NIADA doll artist Leslie Molen. The "Dragonfly" figure shown above was completed by Margorie, and Linda's is pictured below. They really enjoyed the experience, which involved a lot of fabric painting, as well as needle sculpting. They are looking forward to taking more on-line classes in the future. The photos shown here are from the summer issue of the online magazine Aforartistic. It is available by subscription. 






Bett's, who recently held a flat doll workshop for the Phoebes (see previous post), just completed this beautiful new collage featuring the flat doll pattern from her workshop. Betts has taught us all the techniques involved, and she has reminded us of how much fun it can be to make paper dolls. 

Donna and her granddaughter, Emily, recently had a summer vacation play day. Emily loves everything French (like her grandmother) and chose Marie Antionette as the model. Using Betts pattern they made dolls, such as the one above.

  Donna finished her shadow box doll from Betts' workshop, by adding bits and pieces of vintage ephemera and jet glass buttons.

Harlene has taken Zanaib's challenge to make "loaded envelopes" to the max. She created a huge box full of them (20 or more?), including this one and the four below. Each one is totally unique and so wonderful!





Marcella shared with us a cloth sculptured doll she had purchased at the Doll and Bear Show. This artist was inspired by the Modigliani painting shown on the left. 

Last, but certainly not least, Rosie brought a recently-made polymer doll she created using a smaller version of Anne Klocko's pattern. Rosie had taken Anne's class on this doll, and loved her previous doll so much, she decided to make another one. So cute!


Friday, May 18, 2018

May 2018 Meeting



The May meeting consisted of a Stitch'n for Kids outreach sewing workshop from 12:30 to 4:30 P.M. A large turn-out of Phoebe volunteers sewed and assembled over 50 completed tiny crinkle-paper filled flannel squares adorned with ribbon loops that babies at George Mark's hospice love to play with. Others Phoebes worked on doll quilts or brought ones they had completed at home, like the two colorful ones above sewn by Marcella. There are many more assembled crinkle kits ready to be completed. All Phoebes are invited to participate. A short meeting with show and tell followed from 4:30 to 6 P.M.

Calendar Of Events 

May 27, (Sunday), Pleasanton Antique Faire (8 A.M. to 4 P.M.), Main Street, Pleasanton.

June 21, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting (6:30 to 9:15 P.M.), Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. The challenge object inspired from nature will be due at this meeting. Come prepared with an idea of what you would like to receive in the October gift-exchange.

July 19, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting (6:30 to 9:15 P.M.), Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. This meeting will feature three make-it-and-take-it activities. Harlene will conduct "Paper Beads;" Bonnie will do "Paper Flowers and Embellishments;" and Sue will do "Paverpol Masks." Bring your Phoebe tool kits.

August 16, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting (6:30 to 9:15 P.M.), Alameda County Education Building, Hayward.

September 20, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting (6:30 to 9:15 P.M.), Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. The small chair challenge will be due at this meeting.



Show and Tell


Caroline finished her shadow-box flat doll from Betts' workshop. 





As did Jennifer. Both are exquisitely beautiful. Betts' workshops are always an amazing experience. Thank you, Betts.


Bonnie had a great time making a "loaded envelope" inspired by Zanaib's recent enrichment demonstration and challenge. It's an assortment of pockets filled with fabulous embellishments and tags, all original handmade objects. 


Bonnie also made a brown paper bag booklet featuring individual pages decorated with stamping, graphics, and a wonderful assortment of notions.


Bonnie loves hearts and her newest heart-themed creation is this lovely fabric bead and button necklace, which includes two safety pins. So clever! 



Rosie and her husband recently took a vacation to Florida, where they spent some time with Judy and her husband. Rosie and Judy took a painting class, and Rosie passed along this photo of Judy's oil painting. They really enjoyed the class.



Marcella attended the recent Bear and Doll Show in Pleasanton and couldn't resist purchasing this ornament, one of many made by a Russian artist for each 2007 NIADA Conference attendee. It is truly a treasure!



Our meeting included a raffle of wonderful items, including these dolls won by Betts.