Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Art and Soul, Part 2

My second class at Art and Soul was Fabric Collage Storybook Dolls. 

I had a small but dedicated group of wonderful students: Annie, Debbie, and Janet.  Oo la la - what great fabrics they brought to work with and put together in such fun combinations!  We were all so busy sewing that I forgot to take pictures!  (So I hope my dear students will send me some pics!)

Saturday night at Art & Soul was vendor night.  Janet helped me move my gear over to the lobby and then she and Ann W. quickly help me set up and they did an awesome job of merchandising!

My storybook doll Dorothy Gale found a new home that night.  I will miss her dearly, but I am happy for her and her new mom!

Elinor Peace Bailey came to Vendor Night!  What a thrill it was to meet her - I was so starstruck!  (For those who might not know - Elinor is one of the biggest names in the world of doll making.)  I have always been in love with Elinor's sense of color and whimsy, and now I got to meet her in person!  She is just as colorful and delightful as her creations, as well as warm and joyful.  I'm still giddy!

What fun it was to meet the other teachers at Art and Soul, too - all such wonderful teachers!

Jean Van Brederode and I have a little something in common when it comes to picking our outfits, don't you think?  I may get the opportunity to teach out east with her later this year!

Fellow artists and teachers Jean Van Brederode and Erin Keck 
pose with the dolls they chose to go home with them.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Glenny Moir, for giving me the opportunity to teach at Art and Soul this year!  I had a wonderful time and I look forward to doing it again!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Art and Soul! (Part 1)

It has been one of my dreams/goals to teach at an art retreat.  This year, Art and Soul brought that dream to life: I taught two classes at Art & Soul!!!

I was so impressed by my students!  We had so much fun and they did such a great job.  Take a look at the works in progress from The Kid Inside You class: 

Students at work, stitching, stuffing and having a Charlie Chaplin moment with tiny legs!

Dolls with the first layer of paper clay go into the dehydrator, reminding one student of
 Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di's terra cotta soldiers. 

Look how they magically came out of the dehydrator!
As you can see, everyone LOVED playing with the Creative Paperclay!

A lovely sculpt, ready to paint!
Painting and costuming - these dolls are really coming to life!
 I love how the small details can really change the look of a doll.
 By the end of the class most of the dolls were nearly completed, and aren't they wonderful!

Lining up for the photo shoot.


Tere's doll completed!
Tere, Anne, Mary, Stephanie, Carri, Karen, Wendy, Melinda, Sally, and Janet - it was such a pleasure working and playing with all of you!!!  

xoxo  lulu

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

For Jill

Jill K Berry is an amazing artist, author, and teacher.  Under normal circumstances she would be teaching at Art and Soul this week, but due to a very unexpected health issue she is in the hospital recovering from major surgery.  She wrote about her situation with such grace and clarity on her blog.  I cannot imagine being so articulate under these circumstances - Jill is truly and inspiration.  In her post she wrote, "Rejoice in your good working happy bodies. Leap around and yell today, for me."  At the gathering of the LOLAS both Jan and I had the same thought - LET'S DO IT!  So Jill, these leaps are for YOU!!!

Jan and Sonya (photo by Janet)

Wendy and Sally

Wendy and Diane

Janet and Lulu


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Class Announcement

HEar  ye!  HeAR  Ye!

Glenny Moir, the founder and director of Art & Soul Retreats, has added on one more class taught by yours truly to the Portland 2015 retreat in March!  So now, in addition to The Kid Inside You Class on Thursday, March 5th, I am now also offering Fabric Collage Storybook Dolls* on Saturday, March 7th!  Come sign up for some major fabric collage sewing fun!

*(As seen in the new Spring 2015 issue of ART DOLL QUARTERLY!)

Saturday, February 7, 2015


sitting here early early on a Saturday morning
when i could be sleeping in.

being a workaday person right now,
always so busy with homework for the job,
i am lonely for my art.

it is breaking my heart,
and i want to go home.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Getting stampy

In December Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (artist/crafter extraordinaire!) was running a stamp carving daily on her blog.  Although I was unable to participate due to other obligations, I was nevertheless SO inspired and had the urge to carve!!!  This month I've had some time to dabble in it.  It seems I especially love to do the carves that can be rotated and stamped together to make a larger design.  FUN!

I love seeing how the designs change depending on which way you rotate the stamp!  Somewhat of a Moroccan flavor, n'est-ce pas?

Multiple tiles - oof!  I made a few mistakes!

A new carve made a sort of Mexican flower design.

On the left, the same stamp as above rotated so it wouldn't make the flower.  On the right, going geometric.

Each carve and stamping makes me want to do another one. Very addicting!

And then there are the carves I do for letterboxing.  Here are two of the latest:

A bald eagle looking to steal an osprey's catch of the day.  This stamp was inspired by an event that Rattollie got to witness on one of his dog walks by the Sandy River.

I carved this stamp this past weekend while up in Victoria, BC.  It's inspired by the First Nations wood carvings - in particular, a Haida wood carving.  I didn't get the chance to plant this letterbox while we were up there, so I'll have to wait until next year's annual hockey tournament when we go back!

Do I wish I could just stay home and carve all day?  Yes!  But alas, time to get ready for school.  See you later!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Celebrating with family and TraLaLa

Decorations, gatherings, baking, dressing up as celebrities - just for fun!  Cherishing time with my daughters, all grown up now, the life of the party!

Just a few of the celebs that came by: Jackie Moon from Semi-Pro, the ghosts of OSU past, present and future; Katniss Eberdeen and Willy Wonka, Clark and Ellen Griswold, Danny from Grease and Frozen's Elsa, Bono and Yoko Ono!
Ok, Robbie - we're expecting great things from that GoPro!
TraLaLa - Friends, secret Santas and surprises galore - an extra day of celebrating and arting! 

Kellye knits a cap, Sally and Diane open gifts!
Sonya, Sally, Janet and Jan
Cute d├ęcor and gifts galore!
I hope your holidays were merry and bright, filled with love and joy!