27 August 2007

SD Quilt Show/Dimensions in Dollmaking

I had two oddfae that went to the show....

Greg and I tried to see the show!! It took us five hours to make what is normally a 2.5-3 hour drive...traffic was miserable. We later learned of the all-day Reggae Festival at Del Mar Fairgrounds — oy! Had we known, we'd've taken a different freeway...

By the time I got into the show, there was only time to hug the Keelings and Pamela Armas -- and I prolly wouldn't have got to see them had they not been on the same aisle as the doll show! No shopping for me...=-(

I was able to meet two of the ladies of IOLCC, Georgia and Lois, who were watching over the dolls, which were fabulous!! My fave was a rendition of Jackson Pollock doing one of his drip paintings...not that all the dolls weren't wonderful -- it's just I adore Pollock's work, and it was a treat to see him so iconically represented... =-)

Here's a link to past shows:
Dimensions in Dollmaking

01 August 2007

Hey Look! I've Updated My Blog...

...finally back from San Diego Comic Con, but not recovered!!

Sold three dolls, and it looks like I *will* be doing FaerieCon in October. The only downside to FaerieCon is I might not get to go to Sandy Camp...I'll have to work it out.

The Manticore got a lot of attention -- to the point where someone picked him up and started to "fly" him around! Greg nearly had a coronary. And one "cute old lady" (as Greg described her) scratched the werewolf on the head and told him he was adorable (the doll, not my husband, LOL)! The most popular dolls seemed to be the monsters and Arjhaan -- and the half-doll I made for my sign! I'm working her up into a full doll today.

Norm and Leta, the folks who run Chimera Publishing (where my dolls were on display), are working with me on plans to do prints of my dolls, not photos, but my drawings of my dolls. They're going to be coaching Greg and I in printing, shipping and the business end of things.

They also introduced me to some of their artist friends, people whom they publish and adore...Greg Spalenka, Stephanie Roberts, Ciruelo, and the Frouds -- wonderful people, every one!! We all got to spend time together after hours, visiting scrumptious restaurants and just having fun. I'll be working with Stephanie and Ciruelo on figures based on their work.

I was glad to finally meet fellow dollmakers Patti Culea and Noel Wolfman when they stopped to visit the oddfae and me -- such delightful ladies!! I'm hoping to visit their doll clubs in future...

I didn't actually get to see much of the show, but I had *such* a good time.

We stopped at the hotel bar for a nightcap after dinner one night, and bumped into Brian -- Toby joined us a little later. We talked about art, Faerie, costuming, and movies and books. Brian talked with me for a long time about how he and I create art, what our studios are like, and about Jim Hensen. Toby and Brian had some wonderful stories about making Labyrinth.

Our booth was near a costumer/clothier for Renfaire, and I scored some beautiful skirts at $10 each. Leta and I discovered skelanimals and have become rabid collectors. Bud Plant actually had no books I was interested in this year -- that's a first!!

I haven't drawn in such a long time, I wonder if I remember how!! Those old skills are so atrophied, they may no longer work...I need to go downstairs and dig out all my pens and see if they are any good.

I am totally exhausted! I'm also totally inspired! I'm searching for all my old art supplies and getting ready to take a whack at drawing my oddfae...