Personal Stories: The Evocative Nature of Doll Making

Move your doll making skills to the next level.  The workshop begins with concept, design and pattern making, changing the design from 2-D to 3-D.  The class will learn needle sculpture and explore the use of different kinds of cloth and their qualities. We will introduce fabric stiffener and the possibilities it provides and fabric overlays for "skin".  For the finishing stages, the class will learn about adding found objects, costuming and embellishment. (A small materials fee may apply.)

Akira graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. degree in Art Education. She has pursued a career as an artist and educator, designing and making dolls and figures since 1969. As a pioneer in the “art doll” movement, she has participated in the elevation of the doll from trivial toy to art object, promoting and encouraging experimentation and innovation in the field. As president of the National Institute of American Doll Artists, an international organization, she has a wide view and knowledge of the international scope of doll making. Her work features in many international publications and collections, including the Musee des Artes Decoratif in Paris and the White House Collection of American Craft.

"Joy Ride" copyright 2010 Akira Studios all rights reserved
Photo by: Larry Blount
Size: 26” h x 16”w x 10”d

Materials : Cloth - needle sculpted, iron oxide transfer; leather shoes and jacket, wire, lace, Cedar branch arms, (3) air dry clay birds. Horse: leather, Poplar branch legs, fiber fill, sisal mane, waxed linen thread, coloured pencil, acrylic paint, metallic rubs. Base: wood.  Wheels: plywood & steel.

Traveler W Backpack
For the Birds
40 Net

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Akira Blount: akirablount@gmail.com






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