Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Blueprints February 2010

Imitation of Life Construction Company

Next Meetings, Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sew Pro, 4951-b Clairemont Dr, San Diego Ca 92117

6:30 – 9:00pm.

At the last meeting, we decided to continue with hands-on doll making, learning new techniques as we go. Since most of us present owned a copy of Susanna Oroyan’s “Anatomy of a Doll” we decided to use that as a textbook. It starts with the simplest dolls and progresses to ever more complicated techniques. So at the February meeting, we will make flat, 2-piece, “cookie cutter” dolls. Bring fabric, and thread and sewing tools, pattern if you have it. We can use the sewing machines on the floor of the SewPro store. We will also talk about choosing fabrics and what should be in a doll-maker’s toolkit.

Two IOLCC’ers have dolls on the cover of Oroyan’s “Anatomy of a Doll “book: Sandy Feingold and Jane Darin. Other dollmakers who are present or past IOLCC members with dolls in this book are Kareena Bouse, Barbara Chapman, Patti Culea, Maggie Mayer, Frances Petefish, Bonnie Stewart, and Karen Wooton. All these dollmakers were invited to make a doll for the White House Christmas tree one year.

Sandy Feingold, whose flat dolls I brought to the last meeting, will come to show how the choice of fabric really makes this kind of doll.

“Dimensions in Dollmaking”. After 18 years, we have been uninvited to show at the San Diego Quilt Show this year. Kelly Riley-Duckworth has been investigating the ComicCon convention as a new venue for us. This is an international convention, to be held July 22nd-25th, in the San Diego Convention Center. Booths are very expensive and are sold out for the next 4 years, but they have an art show which we can enter as individual.

Differences from the quilt show venue: Entry fee is $35 per artist, and you can send multiple pieces (IOLCC had charged $15 per doll, $25 for 2). The whole fee goes to the ComicCon. Entry forms must be sent to the ComicCon, but IOLCC can be listed as your agent. Attendance at the Comic Con was 126,000 last year, much higher than at the quilt show. You may sell your dolls at this art show. There is silent auction bid sheets next to each piece. You set your minimum price. If you get at least 10 bids, you have the choice of going to live auction. You may also list your doll as NFS (not for sale). ComicCon does not take any percentage of the sales. Works must be original with a theme of animation, comics, science fiction and fantasy or fandom.

IOLCC will be allowed to set up our show together as a group. If the dolls are sent to us, as the agent, we can still photograph them all, write up a program and send all the entries to the doll and craft magazines afterwards. We can expand our publicity to comics, science fiction, fantasy magazines, too.

This would expose cloth and clay dollmaking to an enormous new audience and promote fabric sculpture as an art form. However, the show is two months earlier than we usually have. We may be limited for space, so we need to get our entries in early. All the entry fees go to the convention, and since this is more than double what we have charged in the past, I hesitate to charge IOLCC entry fees on top. Dollmakers will still be responsible for their shipping to and from, and insurance. We will need to have some fund-raisers to pay for IOLCC’s expenses of organizing this show (printing entry forms, mailings, photography, printing program, gasoline & parking, blog-site and/or web-site, publicity, etc.)

This needs discussion by the membership. Kelly and I need to know how many of you think you’d participate, what you think of the money aspects, whether you are willing to help raise IOLCC’s share of the costs. Come to the meeting and give us your thoughts. If you can’t come, ASAP email or call Lois or Kelly.
Lois: 760-438-3431,
We would give first opportunity to our local dollmakers, and those who have been participating in DID in the past few years. Then we would go to the Internet doll groups for more if there is space. What do you think?

It was decided to continue to send the Blueprints to past members who have not paid dues, in the hopes some of you would come sometimes. If you are no longer interested in cloth dolls or the club, contact Babs ( to ask to be removed from the list.


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