Sleetwealth Studios offers new ball-jointed doll

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I’m pleased to announce that Anita Collins of Sleetwealth Studios, whom I have previously featured, is now producing a cast-resin ball-jointed doll! Sleetwealth Briar is 14 inches (36 cm) tall and extremely poseable. You can get her as a basic, unpainted model for you to dress, paint and wig yourself, or you can get her fully finished or even customized. She’s being made in association with Enchanted Doll and Atelier Nouveau.

I really believe we’re looking at the future of collectible art dolls. Go take a look and then drop Anita a congratulations on DeviantArt!

A Halloween Blog Party

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Hanger-on is a polymer clay sculpt by Debbie Williams.

It’s time for the first ever Needle and Clay Halloween Party! My friend Debbie Williams and I got together to join the Blog party over at A Fanciful Twist. Take a look at what happened and then go see the other partygoers by clicking on the picture at the bottom!

While they were over, the Steins had us take their annual Halloween card photo for them. Here you see Mr. and Mrs. Stein, and their kids, Frankie and Frankie. They’re big crusaders for Gothic American civil rights, so we were glad to help them out.

Mr. and Mrs. Stein are two of Debbie’s earliest dolls! The kids are plastic toys from her collection. The pumpkins and gargoyle are props from my collection.

Dr. Bones had just gotten up the courage to talk to Ooma when Godzilla Jr. and Miss Esmerelda came over to show them their Halloween costumes. When will Dr. Bones stop carrying the torch for Ooma?

Ooma the Trollwife is by me, and she won Best in Show at Costumecon last year. Dr. Bones is a purchased toy with a hat and collar by me. Godzilla Jr. and Miss Esmerelda were made by Deb.

The party was so much fun. Even the Fury got into the spirit with that silly hat. And it was good to see Godzilla Sr. really cut loose. It’s been hard on him, being a single dad.

The Fury is a plaster sculpture from my college days. Godzilla Sr. is a toy from Deb’s collection. Godzilla Jr. was sculpted by Deb.

Nosferatu: Thot’s a nice casket. Is it a ’67?

Dead Groom: Thanks! But no, it’s an 1869. I know it has less leg room, but it’s all original and only had one owner, so I just couldn’t pass it up.

Nos: Sveet. Did you get the leather interior?

Bitty Bones: ::rolls eyes:: They’ll be at this all night.

Nosferatu and the Dead Groom are by Deb. Bitty Bones is a plastic toy from her collection.

Here’s a shot of the kids before they went out trick-or-treating. Miss Esmerelda’s parents were thrilled that she wanted to wear a traditional Gothic American outfit for her costume. Godzilla Jr. wanted to go as a frightened Japanese person, but his dad didn’t think that would be politically correct. The Stein kids are in their “serial-killers-look-just-like-the-rest-of-us” stage. Ozzie the Toad is not wearing a costume; he always dresses like that.

Dr. Bones: I don’t know, I just don’t think a girl like her would go for a skinny guy like me.

Sock Monster: Not all chicks are all about the looks, man. You’ve got a lot going for you — your career, your sense of humor —

Sock Monster and the Bust of a Woman are by Deb.

Unfortunately, after the kids left, Godzilla Sr. got a little drunk. The Steins ended up taking him and Junior home in their minivan. No one wanted a repeat of the Tokyo incident.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures from our party! Click on the poster above to see who else was partying last night!

Hoffman Doll challenge

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Hoffman quilting fabrics has an annual contest that includes a category for cloth dolls. The challenge is to use their selected fabric and theme to best advantage, which can be especially challenging since they choose the fabric with quilters in mind, not dollmakers. This year’s fabric had a peacock feather motif that, although a gorgeous fabric, was way too big to be realistic in doll scale. (I know this because I contemplated entering the challenge myself this year.) This apparently didn’t faze any of the entrants, though, as you will see by the lovely results.

The winners are posted here, and you can read a blog post about the show that includes all the entries here. I may be going to see this show in a couple of weeks, if they have it at the Sewing Expo like they did last year. If so, I’ll take my camera and snap some more pictures for you.

The winning entries are fantastic, but I have to say my favorite is still Melisa Matkin‘s entry, Eleanor, seen here on her blog.

Programming note

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Mark your calendars for the online Halloween Blog Party being sponsored by Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist! On Oct. 18, everyone who has signed up will feature special Halloween-themed art, recipes and decorations to inspire you for your Spooky Day celebration. I’ll post a link to the list of participants on that day so you can enjoy the rest of the party. It looks like some real talent is signing up, so don’t miss out!

I haven’t decided yet what I’m going to do for the party. I’m not really working on any Halloween art of my own this year (I seem to be doing Christmas instead), but I have a friend who does great Halloween stuff, so maybe I can talk her into letting me take some pictures (pretty please, Deb? I know you’re reading this!). Or perhaps I’ll do my first artist interview with a Halloween artist and post it on the 18th. Anybody have any suggestions?

Paper dolls in Kansas City and doll events

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According to today’s Kansas City Star, the Kansas City Museum will carry in its gift shop a book of paper dolls based on the turn-of-the-last-century equestrienne Loula Long Combs. The dolls are designed by illustrator and doll historian Johana Gast Anderton (remember Kansas City is home to the UFDC headquarters and museum).

I can’t find anywhere to buy the book online, and the museum doesn’t seem to have a web page for its gift shop, but maybe the next time you’re in or near Kansas City you can swing by and take a look.

It’s interesting that the newspaper article also says the author donated a “real” doll to the museum for display. Paper dolls aren’t “real?” Who decided that?

Also, I’d like to announce that I’m going to start collecting information about doll events and posting it on a page on this blog. Someday, I’d like to turn that into a fully searchable calendar widget thingy, but for now it’ll have to be a list of links on a page. If you have an event you’d like to promote, please go to the Doll Events page and post your information in a comment. I’m sure everyone would like to hear about it.

The list will begin with a link to Jones Publications’ calendar page.


Brookside show this weekend!

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I can’t believe I almost failed to write about the Brookside Show! This is one of the highest-quality shows in Kansas City, but I thought I had already missed it this year. Turns out it’s this weekend, May 5-7. I highly recommend this show; it draws professional artisans from across the USA and occasionally beyond. I can never afford to buy anything, but it’s total eye candy. Here’s the website, if you need directions:

It’s going to be a busy weekend. I’ll have to do Miniature Fantasies one day and Brookside the other. Ahh, decisions, decisions!