GUEST ARTIST KATE CHURCH

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

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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

LITTLE ALICE SERIES

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SITTING PRETTY

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THE TURN ABOVE

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GULL

Kate's Saddle Shoes
SADDLE SHOES

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QUESTIONING

Passing By
PASSING BY

C R O W

CROW

 



WORK CREATED IN KATE’S WORKSHOP BY SEVERAL OF OUR ARTISTS

LAURIE SCOTT
Laurie’s art doll was created in Kate’s “Expressions” workshop.

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MARCELLA HARDY
Marcella's Kate doll

ROSIE DENNIS

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STEPHANIE  SMITH

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DAISY KIEHN
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Daisy's proposal


DONNA PERRY

Donna's Red Kate Church

Donna's Kate Church

Donna's Kate Butterfly

 



ORIGINAL WORK BY SOME OF OUR ARTISTS

LAURIE SCOTT

Laurie is a truly gifted artist, as can be seen in her grandmother with grandchild below.  Many sculptors aren’t able to capture the features and the emotion that Laurie does in her work.
Laurie's grandmother and child
Laurie's doll #5

STEPHANIE SMITH

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!

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BONNIE HOOVER

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.

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DAISY KIEHN

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.

Daisy's mother with baby
Daisy's lady GodivaDaisy's brown doll sewing
Daisy's Unicorn
Daisy's loversDaisy's Yoga

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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.
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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!

Zanaib's doll with basketZanaib's gold doll

Zanaib's green doll front (2)Zanaib's green doll back

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ROSIE DENNIS

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.

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DONNA PERRY

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.

 

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SUZANNE DURAN

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.

Suzanne's Troll BrothersSuzanne's Otto Oga

Suzanne's Mother NatureSuzanne's Girl With Key

KELLY MEAD

Kelly’s work can be humorous or serious, but it’s always perfectly executed and never boring.

Kelly's Nola dollKelly's Goth

 

WANDA FUDGE

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.

 

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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.


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