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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

OUr WondROus RobYn

Robyn Williams from Queensland has shared some of her amazing creations with us.  Robyn's dolls were recently judged at the Ekka - and yes - First Prize Original and Champion of Show is 'Hey diddle diddle the Cat and her Fiddle'.

“Purrrfect in Pink” below won First Prize in Fantasy.

“Steam Punk fairy godmother”

Catrina (white) is “Pearls and Lace"  Black and white is "Miss Kitty"
Prize Winners at Brisbane Show

“Fleur” - pattern being tested for release 

Have included Robyn's available patterns in earlier newsletter but will put them up again for you to peruse!  Congratulations Robyn!!!!!

Monday, August 8, 2016

CRuiSiN' tHe NEt

Doll Street Dreamers posted news on an exhibition entitled 'Journeys through light and dark - Dolls as tellers of stories'.  Pictures are available - takes a while to load but well worth the wait - some very interesting mixed media creations! ......................  

Art Puppets of Paul Klee

Another interesting site has an overview of Paul Klee's puppets - made from all sorts they are fun and worth checking out at the Om Pom Happy blog.  Klee's paintings etc were considered quite revolutionary in his time and if you search him up on 'images' you'll see the variety of work he produced.
There are many and varied articles on various artists on om pom happy - you need time to explore!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

SteaMPuNK CD by SusAN BArmorE

DOLLMAKERS JOURNEY have just released SUSAN BARMORE'S CD for 'Wisteria and Dog'.  It was previously an online class.  Looks like fun.

                                   Check it out at

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


If you have recd. my little newsletter you will have read about a friends beautiful gift that I recd this week - what an honor - just love it!  The art journal gift was entitled 'A Japanese Theme' and it depicts a story of Japanese Boro - and included an interesting article about Boro.  Lead me to the net - and a Japanese museum featuring Boro - and photos etc - it was fun and quite a learning experience.  The museum is

'In rural Japan back in the 19th and into the early 20th century cotton was very scarce. Most early Japanese garments were made of hemp, but for northern Japan these clothes had to be thickly woven, were often uncomfortable, and did not retain warmth very well. So when cotton was introduced to Japan, it was seen as a luxury item for rural poor. Cotton was brought from warmer districts such as Osaka and other cities by ships, where people bought fragments instead of a cloth roll as it was less expensive. It was common for these textiles to be passed down through generations, where they would be patched and mended to reinforce them for the next user. It’s sort of an unintended art form, which highlights preservation and the importance of reuse and recycling.  From - '

Serviceable Items that have Become Works of Art


Some unusual sculptures with doll parts!

CHiarA VEniCe ARt DOlls

Are familiar with Chiara Venice Art Dolls?  Check them out at
Those eyes!!!!