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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

March Phoebe Meeting at Barbara's Studio

This photo of Phoebes who attended the March meeting does not include all who attended. Everyone was so excited to visit Barbara's newly completed detached studio that members filled a double row of seats around the large work table, and were in awe of the perfectly organized storage bins and the beautifully displayed dolls Barbara has created. We were also thrilled to see Barbara's recently renovated 1920's house, completely updated with hardwood floors, granite countertops and more, and decorated beautifully with antique furniture and items she has lovingly collected on her trips to France. Truly a dollmaker's own dollhouse to live in. 

Calendar of Events 
March 14, Leslie Keeble's Workshop, at Michael's, Union Landing.

March 16, (Saturday), 1 to 4 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at Barbara's. Please bring a folding chair if you are attending.

March 23, (Saturday), Phoebe Make and Take at the Castro Valley Library, 10:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. To volunteer, contact Suzanne.

April 13, (Saturday), 1 to 4 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at Sally's.

May 16, (Thursday), 1 to 4 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at George Mark. Daisy will be presenting a "make and take" session.

June 22, (Saturday), 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. Barbara Willis Mold-making Workshop at Barbara's Studio. 

July 20, (Saturday), 1 to 4 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at Marcella's. Flat doll challenge will be due.

Barbara's Studio
Below are a few photos showing the fabulous displays of Barbara's work inside her studio. Her dolls, both flat and sculpted, are made with combinations of clay, paper, fabric and trims (exquisite and vintage, mostly French). Her work also includes many collages using those materials, as well as vintage ephemera and embellishments. It is truly a sight to see and admire.

Show and Tell

Anne displayed her latest creations... ceramic heads expressing the range of emotions currently experienced by many as a result of the social and political events and trends of the times. I think all of us have reacted on many occasions over the past several years with these same expressions. These are sure to be snapped up at her upcoming art shows.

Anne purchased this "Carrot Mama" cone doll made by Leslie Keeble, who taught the doll workshop this month. Below is the "Day of the Dead" cone doll that Daisy completed at the workshop. 

Colleen finished two cone dolls from Leslie's class. They are stunningly fashioned with fabrics and trims in Colleen's favorite colors. 

Daisy brought two more of her completed bird totems which will be used at the Girl Scout jamboree to represent different teams of girls. She yearly devotes so very much time and energy to make sure the event is a special and memorable experience for all!

Colleen has just acquired a torch and wants to create beautiful lamp work beads, and well as her beautiful fused glass pieces. Quilting, fusing, lamp work, dolls (to name a few of her current interests)—she's an amazing lady!

 Harlene discovered a piece of floral printed fabric on the donation table at the last meeting. She took it home and carefully cut out the flowers and applicated them on a new vest. Her vests are so lovely and creative. 

Zanaib and Sherrye have been madly sending art and challenges back and forth across the country. Here are some examples of items and embellishments they have made using twigs and dried floral stems from day lilies they have gathered and painted. They are always coming up with unique ideas and materials to incorporate into their art. Very creative!