This blog started so that I could showcase a group of artists that came together as a group through the “Flying Phoebe Cloth Doll Club”, started by our member, Bonnie Hoover. Bonnie is a self-taught artist and teacher, living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works in mixed media, making original art dolls in both cloth and paper, as well as fabric, jewelry and creative paper items. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and as a child, she amused herself by reading fairy tales and making fairy dolls. She made their houses out of discarded shoe boxes.
Bonnie renewed her interest in doll making as an adult, and in 1987 founded the “Flying Phoebes” which continues today, encouraging and supporting Art Doll artists all over the Bay Area. Through the years, her work has grown from making original dolls and dressed jointed paper dolls, to dimensional cloth and paper figures.
Bonnie’s dolls have been exhibited in several shows including the Wenham Museum, the Springfield Museum, the Olive Hyde Art Gallery, as well as national and local doll shows. Her dolls were featured in “Touch of Cloth”, a PBS special. She has been published in numerous magazines including Doll Reader, Doll Artistry, Contemporary Doll, and Doll Castle News. In addition, Bonnie has been included in two of Susanna Oroyan’s books and Miriam Gourley’s books.
Bonnie taught workshops for 20 years, including local and national seminars. In 1999, she was presented The Dollmaker Award at Doll University, a national doll festival. Bonnie continues to be an inspiration to everyone she meets.
WANDA FUDGE DONNA PERRY STEPHANIE SMITH
DONNA PERRY LAURIE SCOTT MARY PORTER VAUGHAN
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Our group met with mosaic artist Shirley Herring to learn how to make a gazing ball. It was more fun than we imagined, and several of us got hooked on a new craft. We discovered that you can mosaic almost anything, as long as you prepare the surface first. These were made with children’s beach balls.
We all seem to be interested in making jewelry lately. Here is a small collection of what we have been working on. You will see so much more at our Holiday Boutique.
DONNA PERRY WANDA FUDGE WANDA FUDGE
LAURIE SCOTT LAURIE SCOTT BONNIE HOOVER
SUZANNE DURAN loves color, and we love her work. She belongs to a group called The 12×12 Club. The group consists of 12 ladies, making 12 art pieces, measuring 12″ x 12″, in 12 months. Size is the only requirement, and any medium is acceptable. At the beginning of each meeting they ask the energy level of each person. At the end of the meeting, they ask again, and find the level of energy has soared with inspiration and creativity.
MORE ART BY SUZANNE
WANDA FUDGE Purses are my current artistic expression. They are my canvas. For years I have been interested in BORO, which is a form of garment patching done by the Japanese. The garments are almost always indigo cotton and repaired with a stitch called SASHIKO. A garment could be 200 years old, completely covered with patches, and passed on from generation to generation. Here are several examples of my contemporary interpretation of BORO and SASHIKO.
KELLY MEAD This is Kelly’s process for making this wall hanging, which is named Amish Girl. She starts with a photo, then she alters the image in Photoshop until she has the effect that she wants. The next step is to print the photo onto fusible interfacing and iron it to the fabric. The image is embroidered, using a single strand of embroidery floss and all purpose thread to give it dimension.
This is one of Kelly’s tiny figures made of polymer clay.
DONNA PERRY offered a workshop on the making of very festive crowns. They make a wonderful gift for a special birthday or a special person.
WANDA FUDGE Sometimes I need a big purse, and sometimes all I need is my cell phone or my glasses and my money. That’s when I put one of these around my neck, leaving my hands free for packages.
BONNIE HOOVER Bonnie’s trade mark is embellishments. She has offered many workshops on the making of embellishments, and here I am showing you her sample board. It shows just some of the hundreds of techniques that she has perfected over the years, and is a reference panel to remind her of ideas to use currently. Bonnie’s dolls may have Cinnamon sticks for legs, tiny spools of thread for heels on shoes, colorful telephone wire for hair, and anything else she thinks might give you a smile.
MARY PORTER VAUGHAN
Mary is one our master doll makers. Her imagination and creativity knows no bounds.
MARCELLA HARDY Embroidering with your sewing machine is not an easy thing to do. Marcella made this potholder completely by machine.