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Sunday, September 14, 2014

2014 Phoebe Doll Exhibit at the Castro Valley Library

On September 2, 2014, Diane Joseph and her helpers set up a most impressive Phoebe doll exhibit at the Castro Valley Branch of the Alameda County Library. Members were encouraged to participate by using a Nola Hart pattern previously published in Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine. The challenge was to re-size the pattern no more than 10% and make a doll that was an original adaptation of the pattern. Body parts could be re-shaped to some degree.

The Phoebes will be also be conducting a make-it-and-take event at the library on September 20 from 10:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. The librarian is so excited about this and is eagerly publicizing to the community. Like the wildly popular Alameda County Fair free event the Phoebes offer every year, participants will be able to choose a stump doll, clay face, and a large assortment of embellishments to design and assemble a doll of their very own to take home.

The side wall of the foyer of this beautiful library is comprised of glass shelves in glass cases. They proved to be a perfect place to showcase the dolls made by Phoebe members for the recent club Nola Hart Doll Challenge.

This is an original doll by Nola Hart, purchased from her by Barbara Willis. Nola's wonderful dolls
served as a source of inspiration for the challenge. 
While the glass cases and the reflections coming through the front entry proved a challenge to the photographer, I'm sure all will agree the following photographs demonstrate the creativity and doll-making talent of Phoebes. The dolls are each so unique and true expressions of their makers. Club members were also allowed to submit one additional doll they had created in the past.




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