Jen here with the latest ADA challenge. It was to create a doll in any medium you’re comfortable with in the theme, “Silent Film Star”. Share your WIP and finished photos with us! This challenge runs from July 1st through Sept 30th
Although 6 people signed up only one finished the challenge. Life happens and I’m one of those 6 who just couldn’t do it so I understand. Lene Walton finished her doll, so I want to share it with you. I just love it!
Lene Walton’s entry into the Silent Film Star challenge… Oliver Hardy.
Lene says, “Admittedly, this began life as Charlie Chaplin, but my 7 year old son was adamant that it looked more like Oliver Hardy and, y’know, I think he’s right. I think it’s the tie. This is the largest doll I’ve ever made, the first time I’ve used a wire armature, and the first time I’ve made a face this way! He stands at 13 inches, from the soles of his feet to the top of his hat, and will shortly be residing in my son’s bedroom, whilst he nags me to make Stan Laurel to go with him… o_O”
For those of you who are only familiar with Laurel and Hardy together, Oliver Hardy started in the movie business in 1910 as a movie ticket taker and by 1915 had made 50 short silent films. He usually played the heavy or bad guy.
In 1927 he was teamed up with Stan Laurel and began the classic double comic act that last nearly 30 years.
Lene did such a wonderful job on her doll and I hope there will be nice comments for her work. I don’t know if Lene has a shop but she can be reached through our group.
ADA’s second challenge of this year is in full swing. There is plenty of time to join in and I hope you will!
Here’s the info:
Create a doll in any medium you’re comfortable with in theme, “Silent Movie Star”. Share your WIP and finished photos with us! This challenge runs from July 1st through Sept 30th.
You can share your WIPs photos on the ADA Facebook group page. At the end of the challenge we’ll post the finished creations here on the ADA blog.
We will be announcing the ADA Fall Challenge soon so if you aren’t able to join the Summer one we hope you can join the Fall Challenge.
This was ADA’s very first challenge and I really loved the theme. So many ideas were sparking for this challenge. We originally had a group of about 11 but life happens and people get super busy, especially this time of year, so only 3 people finished the challenge.
This challenge showed the diverse styles and talents that are apart of Art Doll Artists and I hope you will enjoy seeing the Vintage Circus/Sideshow Challenge creations.
I’m happy to present to you the challenge creations. First up is Hoopie Wanamaker. Hoopie was the first to complete the challenge with her lovely Snake Charmer
“I had this lovely lady on my worktable just waiting for an identity when the sideshow challenge was posted and I knew immediately what she wanted to be, and I can keep adding snakes as fabric and time allow!!” – Hoopie
The second artist to finish the challenge was Valerie Wurtz. Valerie did a sweet circus bear and circus dog.
Traveling thru Europe was a wonderful Vintage Circus…
BlueBear was a famous bear to see…children came from miles around whenever the wagons pulled in town. One time in Germany a little girl and her dog went to the show to see the famous BlueBear perform…the little girl was so excited to see the circus and the awesome bear, she snuck back behind the curtain when the show was over just to try and meet the BlueBear.
BlueBear looked up and saw the little girl and her doggie…BlueBear smiled really big when he saw Doggie…you see Doggie was his old friend from years ago…they were so happy they danced and danced around!
The little girl saw the love and excitement in her doggie’s eyes and knew the only thing she wanted to do was let her little doggie travel with his friend BlueBear…The friends Doggie and BlueBear traveled the world and had wonderful adventures together, always staying the best of friends.
One time traveling thru Europe they received a package, it read to my favorite vintage circus friends here is a gift and I hope to see you soon! They opened the package and it was a little dolly from Germany and 2 vintage circus pins…They both were so happy and excited. Doggie and BlueBear put on their gifts and had the best show ever! After the show someone peeked around the curtain, it was the little girl but she was all grown up and she was wearing a circus outfit! She said “I’ll get to travel with you both and perform with you cause I have joined the Vintage Circus and am going to see the world with my friends.” -Valerie
The last to finish just in time was me, Jennifer Tobicoe. My challenge piece was a Vintage Trick Rider.
Matilda Tillmann was born into a moderately wealthy family and was one of 9 daughters. Her 8 sisters were great beauties and were much sought after for marriage by handsome, rich and dashing young men. As sister after sister headed off to wedded bliss, poor Matilda became more and more depressed. Her parents were concerned yet practical people who decided to spend Matilda’s dowry on a horse since she loved to ride and honestly knew that they’d never be able to marry off this daughter with that face. “Now Matilda can take care of us in our old age and have a good horse to keep her company” was the thought of her parents.
Matilda loved her horse and scandalized the village by riding about town in trousers and short riding skirts while standing on her head. Mr. Tillmann worried about ruining his business reputation told Matilda he would have to take her horse away if she didn’t ride like a proper lady. Matilda loved the freedom her horse gave her and decided somehow her life must change.
A fortnight later a Circus arrived just outside the village. Matilda begged her parents for permission to go but decent people did not attend circus performances. So Matilda snuck out with the household staff and had the time of her life. She watched the trick rider who wasn’t very good and thought “this is for me!” She snuck out again the next afternoon with her horse and showed the Ringmaster what she could do and was hired right away. Matilda became very happy, famous, rich and had many dashing lovers despite her face. -Jennifer
Better late than never….
Moriah finally finished her piece. A Bearded Lady Doll!
The ADA Summer Challenge is already underway and I hope you’ll join us!
Hi everyone! Moriah here.
Every season ADA posts a new challenge for it’s members to participate in to get those creative juices flowing. Artists can use whatever mediums they feel comfortable with but must create a doll based on the Challenge theme.
Our Spring 2012 theme is Vintage Circus/Sideshow. Members are asked to travel back in time to create dolls reflecting any of the many cast of characters from circuses, carnivals, and sideshows of long ago.
When I think of this theme, the HBO series “Carnivale” comes to mind. So does the movie, “Water for Elephants”. Another great source of eye candy for this theme comes to mind as well… ”The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus“, starring Heath Ledger.
I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! Check back each month for new updates and pics of the dolls created for this challenge.
Are you inspired? Not a member of ADA? Create a doll based on the challenge theme by June 30th and email a photo to us at email@example.com. In the subject line of your email, put “Spring Challenge 2012″ and in the body of your email, include your name and website. You just might be featured here on our blog! How cool is that? Yeah, I know. It’s pretty stinking cool. :)
See you next time!