Friday, August 31, 2012

Invitation: Cutting a Fine Figure

American Craft Week is October 5-14 this year. TAODA is proud to be a part of it with our exhibit at Hanson Galleries, known for fine American Craft. Our exhibit, “Cutting a Fine Figure” opens Friday, September 14 with a reception from 5-8 p.m. The show runs through October 20.

Please drop by if you can!

Hanson Galleries

Centre at Post Oak

5000 Westheimer #106

Houston, Texas 77056

(across Westheimer from Neiman Marcus

and across the parking lot from Grand Lux Cafe)


Mon-Fri 10am-8pm

Sat 10am-6pm

Sun Closed

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Dolls for Charity

I just got the latest issue of Soft Dolls and Animals magazine

and was pleased to see an article I wrote about TAODA's project for charity earlier this year.

This was a joint charity project between the Houston Area Fiber Artists and the Texas Association of Original Doll Artists.  HAFA members created 86 dresses with little pockets & TAODA members created little dolls to fit inside the pockets.  We actually made over 100 of these little dolls, so there were extras to send.  The dresses and dolls were made for a program called "Dress a Girl Around the World" and sent to Hope 4 Women International for distribution to needy girls around the world.  

Friday, August 17, 2012

Upcoming Show

Last week I spent time with Donna Milstein and Larry Williams at Hanson Galleries firming up the details of TAODA’s next gallery show. We are really excited about this upcoming show in Hanson Galleries new location on Post Oak across from the Galleria!

Donna and Larry juried the entries and chose 25 beautiful pieces. I do believe all the media that our artists work in are represented: cloth, paper clay, polymer clay, porcelain, mixed media.  Sizes range from 12 inches to 25 inches. Everyone’s work is so different and yet I know it will come together in a beautiful show: “Cutting a Fine Figure”. Isn’t that a great title?

The dolls are under wraps until the opening reception.

Friday, September 14, from 5-8 p.m.

But, here’s a tease of my entry “Bianca”

Friday, August 10, 2012

Something a Little Bit Different

And now, for something a little bit different…….
Some time ago I made some cloth forms of torsos without heads or arms, like ancient statues.  I intended to cover them with silk fusion but they ended up in the UFO (unfinished objects) bin for years until I remembered them recently and brought them out.


Bequest:  Something handed down or passed on.  A legacy.  Something imparted, bestowed or willed.

Made with silk fusion, shell, beads.
The shell is the part of an animal that endures long after its life;
placed in the area of the womb it signifies the enduring gift of Life.


Dwelling:  A place of shelter; abode.  The feminine aspect of God: the Holy Spirit, the God-Who-Dwells-Within.

Silk Tussah, Found Objects


Reminiscence:  Recalling the past; an impression retained

Silk Tussah, Sequins, Copper Mesh, Merino Wool

Silk fusion is such a joy for me to work with.  I can’t stay away from it too long.  I have two more of these forms waiting to be covered.

Friday, August 3, 2012

New Orleans

We had a great time in New Orleans for the ODACA convention. We went a few days early so we could enjoy New Orleans. Our hotel - the Roosevelt - was fabulous! Full of old historic New Orleans charm.

For our first night in The Big Easy we had dinner at the Bourbon House, where we ordered the seafood tower. This is becoming a Bodin tradition!

seafood tower was devoured
thumbs up for the Bourbon House

We took a pedi-cab back to the hotel.
Yes, our driver pedaled all four of us back to the hotel (and he's still smiling!)

What trip to New Orleans is complete without brunch at Brennan’s? Our first morning there…

Hmmm.....will it be the Eggs Sardou or the Eggs Hussarde?
eye openers
Of course you have to order bananas foster for dessert!
Dinner that night at another Brennan’s eatery: Dickie Brennan’s steakhouse

The Sisters
Sunday morning brunch at Commander’s Palace (Bodins love brunch!).

Sunday night it was a quick dinner at the Royal House Oyster Bar,

and then, lest you think all we do is eat and drink in New Orleans (although that is fairly accurate!), a Ghost/Haunts/Voodoo tour of the French Quarter.
looking for ghosts in Pirate's Alley