Saturday, June 6, 2009

Dimensions 2009

We are happy to announce the 2009 Dimensions In Dollmaking exhibit at the San Diego Quilt Show! If you are interested in submitting a Doll to the show, please click on the above link to get more information and print the forms needed for submission.

Below is a slideshow of the 2008 Dimensions in Dollmaking submissions:

Happy Dollmaking,


Imitation of Life Construction Company

June, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009
North Clairemont Rec. Center - Senior Community Building
4421 Bannock Ave. San Diego, 92117
6:30 – 9:00pm.

The purpose of the IOLCC is to share the joy of doll making and collecting and to bring this enjoyment to the community through exhibits, workshops & programs.

Message from the President, Rosemary Hernandez

Hi everyone. I hope you are having a great summer so far. I am afraid that due to poor attendance we have decided to stop meeting on the third Sunday of each month at Sew Pro's. It was a good idea it just didn't pan out. I do hope to see everyone at our Tuesday meeting in June though; it should be a good one. Sharon Cariola will be there to give us a presentation of her fabulous Miniatures. Those of us who attended last months Sunday meeting were very impressed. Don't miss it. Also we will be having our Potluck and doll challenge. Make a doll that represents a time in American History. It can be fashion, fads, or Entertainment, or if you're really ambitious you can make President Obama. Hope to see you all there. Rosemary

May Program:
Maraya Hunter gave us a fascinating program last month on her "Forest Faces", with discussion of all the techniques and materials. It was new information for a lot of us.

Note: If you are interested in the bark Maraya used, there is a grove of those trees immediately behind the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.

June Program:

For the June meeting, Sharon Cariola will repeat the program she did for the May Sunday meeting, so the rest of you can see and learn about her wonderful polymer miniatures. This is in addition to the pot luck and challenge already scheduled. Sharon is willing to do a series of workshops teaching her techniques. Come see if you'd like to learn how to do this.
From Sharon Cariola: There is a whole "other world" out there. An alternate reality. It captures a moment in time and place and seeks to draw you inside where you can forget your everyday cares and worries. Is it The Twilight Zone?
No, the world I am talking about is the world of miniatures. This craft has recently evolved far and away from the standard doll house you may remember. Artisans are now building castles (with dungeons, of course) Italian restaurants and shops, gas stations and even trailer parks! All in a scale where one small inch equals an entire foot in the world of reality. Some like their creations to be perfect and sterile. Others want to add that last detail – a spark of life. That’s where I come in. I began making miniature dolls about four years ago and have made over 300 to date! A miniature doll is usually between five to six inches tall and is the same scale as most doll houses. I exhibit and sell these character dolls at shows and also on the Internet. This hobby has now become a career, which I love. There is no lack of inspiration because I see interesting faces and body-types everyday. I have also created some larger dolls using these same techniques.
I will be bringing my tools and materials, and will explain my methods and some tricks I have learned along the way. This will be a basic overview, with samples in various stages of completion for you to examine.
You can see samples of my work at: I hope to see you at this presentation. From sculpting and assembly, to costuming and pose, I will do my best to answer any questions you may have.


Karen Wooton has put the "Dimensions in Dollmaking" forms on our web-site now (, so if you have misplaced those you got in the mailing, you may download these. Encourage your doll-making friends to do so, too. We need about 60 dolls to break even, and have only 3 pledged so far. The forms are also available on our new blog that Kelly Riley Duckworth has done. **********************************************************************************

Don't forget our club challenge for the June meeting, with the theme of American History.
Tues. June 23rd Pot Luck and Challenge

Tues. July 28th Doug Keeling – variously painting stamped faces

Tues. August 25th - Patti Culea – faces painted with Paint Sticks

The following magazines are soliciting photos of your dolls for publication:

October issue: “Perfect Pairings" dolls and their companions, due by June 15th

November issue: "Bling, Bling"-dolls & their jewelry, due July 15th

December issue: "Happy Holidays", deadline Aug. 15th

Send to "Doll Crafter and Costuming" Gallery, PO Box 5000, Iola, WI 54945-5000 or email 300 dpi digital photo to with your name and Gallery in the subject line

"Soft Dolls and Animals" seeks for the Fall issue: "Halloween Houligans" deadline July 6th

Winter issue: "Winter Wonders" deadline Sept. 2nd. Send to

"Soft Dolls and Animals" 2145 W. Sherman Blvd. Muskegon, MI 49441-3434, or email 300 dpi digital photo to

"Contemporary Doll Collector" seeks for the Fall issue: "Lady in Red" deadline July 1st.

Send to "Contemporary Doll Collector" 2145 W. Sherman, Muskegon, MI 49441-3434 or 300 dpi digital photo to

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