Recently several of our group attended a workshop by famous art doll artist Kate Church. Never have I seen so much excitement among the group! Kate’s wonderful, whimsical art dolls and fascinating techniques have pulled everyone back into creating art dolls. Kate has been kind enough to share her words and her work with you.
THIS IS KATE
I find teaching a constant discovery. I love to see what each group will bring to the process and find something new and exciting in every workshop. The openness and trust of the students humbles me and fuels my creativity. I am always both teacher and student as I love learning from everyone who comes into my classes.
THIS IS KATE’S WORK
LITTLE ALICE SERIES
WORK CREATED IN KATE’S WORKSHOP BY SEVERAL OF OUR ARTISTS
Laurie’s art doll was created in Kate’s “Expressions” workshop.
ORIGINAL WORK BY SOME OF OUR ARTISTS
Stephanie works full time and still manages to outdo almost all of us in the number of items she produces. The clothing, though tiny, is designed and tailored to perfection!
Bonnie is a true original, known for her embellishments, which might be made from almost anything – tiny spools, cinnamon sticks, or unusual buttons and beads. Her work and awards have been published in too many art books and magazines to list here.
Daisy is one of our finest artists. Her dolls are quite emotional and draw you into their story. Sometimes she uses graffiti to create the design on her fabric, as in her purple lady doll, who appears to have a headache from sitting so long for her tattoos.
MARY PORTER VAUGHN
Mary has quite a range, as you can see in her work; she can make a beaded belly dancer… or a goddess with braids and fingernails. Her fascination with Japan works into her bathing man, and her magnificent marionette.
ZANAIB NIA GREEN
Zanaib is unique. She dresses like her beautiful dolls and thrills us with her presence every time we see her. Frequently she starts with a plain fabric and paints the design, often embellishing them with found objects that she turns into magic!
Rosie is a hoot, as you can see by her dolls, which always make us smile. There is a wonderful, whimsical sense of humor in her work.
Whatever Donna makes is beautiful! She has a glorious sense of style and imagination. Below is her umbrella doll, made with a vintage French parasol as a skirt and a gorgeous hat that anyone might enjoy wearing.
Suzanne would prefer a five-star hotel, so her ‘back to nature’ group is a surprise. Her talent knows no bounds, so whatever she does is perfection.
Kelly’s work can be humorous or serious, but it’s always perfectly executed and never boring.
I enjoy making doll groupings and series; I completed a series of circus people which included a strong man and a bareback rider, and a series of 40 famous women from Amelia Earhart to Jane Austen – and of course, Whoopi. I particularly enjoy making Mexican ladies because of their beautiful clothing.
Next month we will be showing our other crafts, including quilts, mosaics, tin art, and anything else that tickles our fancy. If you are enjoying our blog, please subscribe to receive a notice each time a new post is published, and don’t forget to leave a message or comment – we would enjoy knowing you and what you think of our work.