|A photo of artist Frida Kahlo reminds us that the theme of|
the postcard exchange for April is MEXICO!
Calendar of Events for 2014
April 17, Phoebe Monthly Meeting, 6:30 P.M., Alameda County Office of Education, 313 W. Winton, Hayward. The Exchange is a "Mexico" themed postcard. Theme of the meeting will be "It's a Small World," so bring any of your small dolls, whether pins, miniatures, collections... made by you or not... we want to see them! Patterns for small dolls will be available at the meeting, along with a discussion on tips for making them. Don't miss it! Also, read over your copy of the new by-laws, as we will be voting to approve them at the meeting.
April 26 and 27, Betts Vidal "Frog Prince" Workshop, Saturday and Sunday, to be held at Always Quilting, 4230 Olympic, San Mateo (on the border of Belmont). Contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Contact Betts at email@example.com for information.
June 28 (Saturday), Phoebe Alameda County Fair Outreach Day. Set-up at noon. Open to the public at 1 P.M. Sign-up sheet to work noon to 3 P.M. or 3 to 6 P.M. will be at the April meeting. Each Phoebe is requested to make at least 25 stump dolls for this event, or donate push-mold polymer faces. Start going through your cotton stash for colorful doll fabric, and also for glitzy embellishments you would like to donate for the event. Bring your dolls—and stuffing and sewing tools—to stuff and sew at our monthly meetings.
July 7 through 11, Lisa Lichtenfeld Workshop, Boy Scouts Building, San Leandro. Class limit is 18 students. Contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to sign up.
September 2014, Phoebe Doll Exhibit at the Castro Valley Library. Date to be determined. Each Phoebe is asked to make their original interpretation of the Nola Hart cloth doll pattern (you may enlarge or scale it down a maximum of 10%). You may also submit other dolls you have made. Dolls will be due in August.
EXCHANGES AND CHALLENGESThe theme for the March postcard was France. Here are two examples of the very beautiful and clever cards that Phoebes made for the exchange.
The first challenge in 2014 was due at the March meeting. In January Mary Porter Vaughan had handed a bag with a CD in a tin and some origami papers to all who wished to participate. The challenge was to use one or more of the challenge bag items to create some original art. Here are a few of the many one-of-a-kind creations the very imaginative Phoebes came up with...
|Harlene Strauss turned her CD and its tin into a working clock entitled "Time to Smell the Roses."|
|Daisy Kiehn covered her metal tin with the brown paper from the challenge bag |
and created a boudoir scene inside.
|Elise Bozzo, our dear Phoebe who lives in Washington state shipped her challenge. It was|
an amazing bunny doll with a clay head—the CD tin was covered for the body
and the arms, legs and head were then attached.
|Suzanne Rudisill made a miniature table from the CD tin and added chairs.|
Perfect for a tiny tea party.
|Zanaib Green used her tin as a base for a fabulous assortment of cut and folded paper|
shapes, including beautiful butterflies.
|Zanaib also made the most wonderful pendant necklace from the CD buy heating,|
cutting, and drilling it, then coloring it with alcohol inks to get a
stained glass effect.
PARADE OF DOLLS
A special event at the March Phoebe meeting was the Parade of Dolls, which consisted of everyone bringing a doll they had made or collected, and wearing something that matched their doll.
|Harlene Strauss matches her "Minnie Me" rescue doll. Harlene's scarf is made from a colorful tiny-print fabric, from which she cut little circle motifs to adhere to the doll's costume.|
|Anne Klocko is shown with her colorful clay figure riding a bicycle.|
|Bonnie Hoover wore lavender clothing to replicate the colors of her|
original cloth doll, Millicent.
|Elizabeth brought her fanciful "Timekeeper" doll made from a Barbara Willis pattern. |
Elizabeth added an clay over-lay to the face and a feminine cuff bracelet for
the timekeeper's wrist.
|Marcella Hardy dressed as a babushka to match her three "traveling sisters"—dolls|
she had made in a Sally Lampi workshop some years ago.
|Rosie Dennis donned a cone headpiece with a sheer train to mimic her|
Betts Vidal workshop doll, "Princess of Procrastination."
|Stephanie Smith came down the runway wearing a French beret and proudly|
exhibiting her lovely French doll with ruffles and lace.
|Suzanne Rudisill wore stripes representing the colorful Julie McCullough doll that had|
extra long legs in matching leggings.
|Zanaib Green coordinated look included her original and famous stump doll, wrapped|
in material from Ghana. Zanaib wore a matching twisted cloth necklace and headpiece
made from the same gorgeous material.
|Tani Martinat swirled her skirt and presented her original doll, which is crowned with|
a colorful abundance of yarn and fiber hair.
ABOUT ME BY STEPHANIE SMITH
|Stephanie brought an assortment of dolls showing her progression from porcelain and mold-making to polymer and cloth dolls.|
|Stephanie is also into making the most fabulous polymer and lamp|
work beads, which she turns into beautiful jewelry.
|Stephanie also shared her knitting and needlework creations with us. A woman of many talents!|
|Prominently displayed were pictures of her late parents who lovingly|
supported her many endeavors and of her Godfather, who instilled
and encouraged in her artistic appreciation and pursuit of her creative talents.