I am back from CIFI in Albuquerque and rested. I had a lovely time with some very lovely creative ladies. Our teachers were exceptional and so giving. I saw some beautiful and wonderful dolls being created and was amazed at the talent that is out there. This year's challenge theme was 'Dessert' It was a real challenge for me to think up a doll in those lines. I know I am having a creative block so although there were some fabulous desserts with fabulous names I couldn't think of a doll in those lines and also I had to be mindful of the fact that I could not make a doll in big and extravagent style since I had to cart it to and fro with me. Finally I made my little Strawberries and Cream's table of desserts. The idea came to me as I thought of summer in England when, whether it be at Wimbledon or Ascot or at home we all love to have strawberries and cream YUM! Everything on her is made with hand. Her hat was wet felted so were her bracelets and shoes which I wet felted. The strawberries were hand sewn and I found them bit tedious to do as I am not strictly a sewer but I did it.
The little desserts on her table were made with clay. I would have liked to have sewn them but I didn't have the time and I know that since I am not a sewer I would have taken ages to do them.
However here is a doll that was made by Agnes the tall one with red hair, who won the Peoples award prize. She made the Fruit sorbet and I tell you that doll is amazing. Agnes sewed each and every fruit on that doll with hand and it was lovely. She kind of grew on me everyday although I did lovely her little Chines lady next to her. I wish I had taken a better picture of her.
These were the dolls made in Sherry and Jean's class. The cloths and embellishments were all done with paper. Mine is the one in green looking rather stunted with a tatoo on her face. I was not satisfied with her but she was a learning curve for me.