2015 CONFERENCE UPDATE
At this writing, there are so many things to get excited about!
Our Dollmaking School lineup is stellar. Learn from the best:
Tatiana Baeva, Stephanie Blythe, Kate Church, Mary Ellen Frank,
Diane Keeler, Tanya Marriott, Catherine Mather, EJ Taylor and Shelley Thornton
The Conference will kick off with the much anticipated Gallery Night
featuring work from each of the NIADA Artists present at the Conference.
The Demos by NIADA Artists, held on Saturday morning, are always a
fun and informative time. This year's selection will be hard to beat:
- 1) Transforming Fabric with Dyes - Stephanie Blythe
Stephanie will demonstrate a simple technique to achieve the exact colors you want of for your fabrics, ribbons and trims. Using fiber reactive dyes is easy, fast and efficient because they require no setting procedures like heat, curing or chemicals and there is no powder mixing. The only additive needed is plain tap water to dilute the concentrated liquid colors to the desired shade.
- 2) It's All in the Color Details - Leslie Molen
Join Leslie as she discusses how to use color in your doll to create intriguing balance and flow in your costuming.
- 3) Cutting Edge Art - 3D Printing - Tanya Marriott and Susan Scogin
Tanya and Susan will discuss the fast moving technology of 3D printing. Tanya will give an overview with focus on the computer and Susan will talk about her recent hands-on experience and show some examples of printed objects.
- 4) What if you walked down the street and everything stuck to your hat? - Sandra Oglesby.
As an elementary art teacher one of the exercises Sandra used with her students was to throw out that question. The resulting drawings were sometimes hilarious! Sandra's demo will explore some alternatives to traditional wigging for dolls. When she first started making dolls, the first choice for wigging was mohair. She quickly realized she and mohair did not mesh. This resulted in numerous experiments with materials that might be construed as hair. Eventually, she found rooting Swedish cotton warp thread to the scalp of her sculptures and paint worked will wither her style. However, Sandra still looks at everything with an eye to ....can this be used as hair? Sandra will demonstrate some possible solutions to topping off your doll.
- 5) 'Accent' on the Accessories - Richard and Jodi Creager
Richard and Jodi will take you down Memory Lane while they display and discuss several of the accessories Richard has made over their 37+ years of doll making. Antique trunks to Indian pottery; hats to kitchen brooms, train lanterns to binoculars...they will explain the plans, process and inspiration of the lifelong passion for accessory making. See you there...come with lots of questions!
- 6) Taking the Mystery Out of Millinery - Catherine Mather
Interested in designing and making hats, this demonstration will enlighten you on how to make professional quality hats. Catherine will block and shape crowns and brims using a range of materials and block shapes she has designed. A number of hats will be on display.. Come and see what can e achieved in doll millinery using these techniques. Millinery materials, trims and hat locks set s will be for sale.
There will be programs by Jana Holstein, editor of Art Doll Quarterly
Georgina Hayns, one of the creatives at LAIKA Studios,
A special ‘Dolls in Literature by NIADA Artists’ by Nancy Walters,
a review of the Tonner Doll exhibit from 2014 Conference,
the Sunday NIADA Artist Exhibit & Sale (open to the Public) and more!
Our keynote speaker is the magnificently talented Ronnie Burkett.
And the NIADA 2015 Conference souvenir is by Susan Scogin.
Just a reminder the Challenge Doll this year is 'A Self-Portrait'.
There will be an exhibit of all of the Challenge Dolls on Saturday afternoon.
We look forward to seeing all your 'little' selves!
A beautiful setting in the summer, Portland offers our Conference
wonderful atmosphere of the arts.
We have a Social Committee
headed up by
NIADA Patron Sharrie Wing who will help guide
you through the ‘off’ hours.
There is the Button Emporium which houses hundreds of
unusual trims. The owner is very familiar with
NIADA and is working on
writing children's books and making coordinating bags, dolls bears etc.
These are for children who are
going through different issues.
I don't know how you could leave her store without buying something.
This store is right
at the start of the Pearl District which is also great shopping.
Another destination area are the shops on Alberta Street - in the
summer you could wander 4-6 blocks of craft stores, fabric, bakeries,
restaurants, etc. A great place for
ones to spend some time.
The Crown Plaza Hotel is utilizing a beautiful patio for the
NIADA Artist/Patron luncheon as well as our cocktail receptions.
An exhibition hallway for NIADA Artists Gallery Night, a beautiful meeting
room for the photographer and standards meeting, a huge ballroom,
and a wonderful private foyer area for all events.
There is free shuttle to and from the airport to the hotel,
and their TMA
line that runs throughout the city is right nearby.
It is so conducive to
gathering within our 'wing' of the hotel
that I think everyone will be pleased.
Whether you are a
a budding artist,
a collector or just curious
the art doll
make plans to attend, the
NIADA 2015 promises to
add the ‘Ah’ – to ah-mazing.
Cheers, Cindee Moyer, Conference Co-Chair
Everyone is welcome to attend the Annual NIADA Conference!
Come join us! Have Fun! It is
NOT for Members only!
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