The International Quilt Festival is in full swing! With beautiful quilts:
Best of Show winner Janet Stone with her beautiful quilt "Ewe Are My Sunshine"
More gorgeous quilts
Beautifully handcrafted garments:
And of course, the best part, the doll exhibits!
I have two dolls in the show this year. "In Celebration of the Doll" is an invitational exhibit, with dolls coming from all over the country (and around the world). I feel very fortunate to be included with these wonderful artists. My "Celebration" doll this year is
"Handmaid of the Sacred Heart"
This is my interpretation of a Santos figure, in cloth of course. Her torso, arms and skirt are felted merino wool. Her apron and headpiece are hand dyed velvet, with machine embroidery and beading.
My other doll is in the Texas Association of Original Doll Artists exhibit "Block Party 3". Each doll in this exhibit features a quilt block. The one I chose is the farmer's daughter quilt block, which inspired the piece.
"The Farmer's Daughter"
Her dress and poke
bonnet are constructed from a vintage Liberty of London cotton print. Her cotton apron features the farmer's daughter quilt block on the bib. Her hair is Tibetan lambskin. In her arms she holds a basket of hand felted
heirloom tomatoes in shades of red, yellow, orange and green merino wool.
It's always an honor to exhibit my dolls at the International Quilt Festival! And I'm so lucky to live in Houston and be able to attend this show every year.
The May June July 2015 issue of Art Doll Quarterly magazine is out
and there is a wonderful article about ODACA (Original Doll Artists Council of America) by Lillian Alberti. I was thrilled to be profiled and see two of my dolls "Sim Shalom" and "Once Upon a Starry Night" in this article!
Other artists profiled in this article are Sarah Maldanado and Barbara Schoenoff. Lillian is writing a series of articles about ODACA artists for ADQ. Thank you Lillian!
There is an Art Doll Challenge going on Facebook right now. I don't know who started it but the idea is to post 3 photos per day for 5 days of your art, and to nominate a new artist each day. I was challenged this past week, so I am posting my 5 days of photos here also. It was a fun exercise!
Day 1: Just-for-fun pieces
Day 2: Silk Fusion Dolls
By the Waters of Babylon
Bequest, Reminiscence, Dwelling
Day 3: Some lovely ladies
All-American Bathing Beauties
Day 4: Some older pieces
Ripe Plums Are Falling
The Green Man
And the final day, Day 5: It's all about the fiber!
Sim Shalom (Let There Be Peace)
Orelia (Golden One)
And that's a brief tour through the last decade of my doll making career!
Janet Bodin was born in Houston, Texas. After living in Mexico City and Rome, she returned to Texas where she graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio. She now lives in Houston with her husband and two daughters.
Janet has exhibited in numerous galleries and juried exhibitions, including the International Quilt Festival, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, the Santa Fe International Figurative Art Experience, and the Kansas City Doll Fair. Her dolls have won awards locally and nationally. Her work has been in various publications including Art Doll Quarterly, Contemporary Doll Collector, Quilting Arts, Soft Dolls and Animals, and the books 500 Handmade Dolls and Deeper into the Woods.
Janet is a member of the Original Doll Artists Council of America, the Texas Association of Original Doll Artists, Houston Area Fiber Artists, the Mixed Media Artists of Houston, the Material Girls of Houston Cloth Doll Club, and the Houston, Galveston, and Brazosport Art Leagues.