The National Institute
of American Doll Artists
is a worldwide organization
of doll artists, supportive patrons, and friends whose purpose is to promote the art
of the original handmade doll.
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The NIADA Conference is a wonderful opportunity for artists, collectors, and
everyone interested in the expanding world of doll art to experience the cutting edge
of this dynamic art form. The conference will offer attendees four days of
opportunities to meet new people, to inspire and be inspired.


CLICK HERE: REGISTER for the Conference CLICK HERE: REGISTER for the School


Thursday, July 9th - Sunday, July 12th



Gallery Night Thursday, July 9th @ 7:00pm-9:00pm
Exhibit & Sale Sunday, July 12th @ 11:00am-4:00pm
Open to Public ~ All are Welcome ~ Free admission

Conference & Exhibition location:
Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown, 1441 NE 2nd, Portland, OR 97232

Click here for Hotel Reservation

Monday, July 6th - Wednesday, July 8th

Class locations:
OSA Oregon Society of Artists 2185 Southwest Park Place, Portland, OR 97205 [ MAP ]
Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown
1441 NE 2nd, Portland, OR 97232 [ MAP ]

Go to DOLLMAKING SCHOOL page for class locations

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At this writing, there are so many things to get excited about!

Our Dollmaking School lineup is stellar. Learn from the best:
Tatiana Baeva
,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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 5) 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 achievedin doll millinery using these techniques. Millinery materials, trims and hat locks set s will be for sale.laika

There will be programs by Jana Holstein,
editor of Art Doll Quarterly magazine

Georgina Hayns, one of the creatives at LAIKA Studios
(The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, Coraline...)

Toby Froud, son of Brian and Wendy Froud on the 'Froudian' style of
translating their characters into the creatures and puppets in Film.

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 professional photographer will be available to photograph
attendees dolls - see FAQ page for more information.

NIADA's Annual TEN by TWELVE program!
(limited to the first twelve Visiting Artists whose submissions are received)


Twelve Visiting Artists will have an opportunity to introduce their dolls to all NIADA Conference
attendees in a special program in which each participant will show ten projected images of their work.

Each photo will be allotted twenty seconds for artists to add their description or commentary.
If you are a Visiting Artist registering for the NIADA Conference, this is your chance to
introduce your work to NIADA artists and patrons.

Previous presenters are welcome to particpate this year if the program has not been filled with
first time Visiting Artists. Send in your new photos (not the same images shown last year) and they will be filed with the new presenters. NOTE: First time presenters take precedence over previous participants.

Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity for feedback and encouragement!
You can submit your ten high quality photographs digitally or mail your CD or DVD to:
Shelley Thornton, 1600 South 22nd Street, Lincoln, NE 68502, USA.

online submission instructions

WeTransferUpload your 10 high quality digital images (15MB max per file) to
an online file sharing drop box: [ WeTransfer ] or your preferred service

Send To:, include Your Email Address and Your Name
you can include a brief message in the Message window. You will be notified when
your images have been downloaded. If you are scanning your own photos
please scan at 300 dpi resolution, save images as high quality, full-size .jpg
(no compression or reduced for email) and follow steps above.

Questions about the TEN by TWELVE submission: Contact Shelley Thornton



A beautiful setting in the summer, Portland offers our Conference
attendees a 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 vintage, French,
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 the plus 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 professional artist, a budding artist, a collector or just curious
about 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!

Click the link above to register for the Conference and the Dollmaking School.

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