We arrived, one by one, bringing armsloads of supplies, excited to get some uninterrupted time to work on our various projects. We set up shop, each at our own table, after first oohing and aahing over our hosts fabulous studio space and wonderful selection of art books. Of course, we reached that moment when the supplies we brought were just not enough and we took an obigatory run to the local craft store to buy more supplies we could not do without. And we are rewarded in our avarice with the rich wealth of ideas for even more projects that only the sight of an endless arena of art materials can bring you.
We woke up early on Saturday morning and dove into a project I had been wanting to try for quite awhile - the making of "dolls for big girls". Following the directions of talented artist, Judy Wise, we set out to make a few alter egos.
Here I have created the body of my doll with polymer clay. I have decided to make a bathing beauty to transport myself out of the rainy winter with warm, sunny memories of the beach.
Suzanne is finishing with her arms and legs. It's all ready to go into the oven for hardening.
A bit of collage and paint...and we have attitude and personality....and voila!!, our finished girls.
Ready for some sun
The rest of the weekend filled with fat book pages and journals, collage techniques and advice and most of all, laughter and support. It just goes to show that you never get too old for sleepovers, dolls and the company of best friends. Photography by Tory Brokenshire.