Artistic Figures in Cloth and Clay, fondly known as AFICC, is a large doll makers conference held every other year in Columbus, Ohio. The next AFICC will be in April 2013 and I have been asked to teach two different classes. I’ll be joining 12 fabulous teachers for what is billed as a “Fiber and Sculpture Extravaganza.” And I can’t wait. I am so thrilled and honored to be a part of the event. Click here for more information on AFICC.
First on Friday April 26 is the class that combines two of my greatest creative passions, doll making and embroidery. Embroidered Faces from Ancient Sources
Ancient artwork provides rich sources for creative possibilities. We’ll be studying masks, mosaics, and sculpture as inspiration for embroidery design. Shape and line will be the focus of the design. Color and texture will come into play with the stitching. Bellow are some examples of faces I have done using these techniques.
Techniques taught in the class include: design and drawing of abstracted faces, embroidery interpretation of faces, embroidery stitches, basic use of color.
I’ll be teaching my second class two times, once on Saturday, April 27 and again on Sunday, April 28. It is called Creating Volume/Pattern Design From 2D to 3D.
Start with a simple “pancake style” pattern and turn it into a shapely, well rounded doll. In this class, we will learn the different ways volume and shape can be added to particular areas in doll patterns. The following dolls illustrate some of the methods of adding curves and volume that will be covered in the class.
Technique taught in this class is cloth doll, flat pattern design.