Archive for January 27th, 2008

Cosmic Queens Day

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

What an incredible week this has been.  It started with elinor peace bailey arriving last Sunday, then spending a delightful few hours with Barbara Chapman on Monday.  Monday night Li Hertzi, Barbara Willis, Sally Lampi and Betts Vidal arrived at our house.  Tuesday we had our Cosmic Queens do Faces day and what a fabulous time that was.
So, what is this all about?  It’s a special time with close friends, then a day of sharing our love of doll making with whomever will come.
This year I hosted the event and talked Allan and Suzanne Ream of Bits & Pieces in Escondido into letting us use their large classroom.  As you can see, we pretty much filled it up with fun women.

Barbara Chapman was one of the people who came to our day.  She teaches primarily at The Black Sheep in Encinitas and showed us one of her wonderful wrapped fairies.  Barbara and her husband, Wayne, host an open house twice a year in their amazing home. 

At our event, after morning lectures, Show & Tell and lunch we break up in small groups and have a round-robin.  This allows each participant time to spend with each of we designers and have a hands-on experience learning our various techniques.  This is elinor sharing with one of the groups.

This all started 4 years ago in Australia.  Five of us were near Sydney teaching at a quilt & craft show.  We were sharing an apartment with Gloria McKinnon, who brought us there.   Six women in a two bedroom apartment could be interesting.  To us, it was like heaven on earth.  We decided we needed to do this more often. 

elinor came up with the idea of a Flat Doll Day and our Cosmic Queens were formed.  Flatdaydames2

The original six are, from top left,  Gloria McKinnon, Sally Lampi, Barbara Willis
Bottom from left,  Betts Vidal, me (standing), and elinor peace bailey.

We’ve been able to travel to Portland, Oregon;  Costa Mesa & San Diego, CA; and Cincinnati, OH.  Next we’ll be at the Enchanted Doll Art Conference in Albuquerque, NM July 17-20, and Quilt Festival in Long Beach, CA July 24-26.

At each venue we add a local designer.  In San Diego/Escondido it was Li Hertzi.  Li is known for her wonderful use of paints and working with the southwest figure.  Her website is a work in progress right now, but you can see her work, and her new book  "Art Doll Adventures".