Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 153

 

Geez, I must be really boring or really busy as I'm down to one post a week. We are really busy at work and my shoulder has been hurting. So, I've been doing nothing, Jon Snow. Ok, HBO had a free weekend and I spent all my free time last Friday, Saturday and Sunday binge watching season 3 and 4 of Game of Thrones.  Moving right along.......


This fellow is carrying a basket of flowers. He's maybe 4-5 inches tall, but look at all the detail. Love his hat. The quality of the photo, not so much. I think he's from Guatemala.

 

Off to work on Mermaids and Princesses. I made a cutaway coat yesterday and will, of course, post a photo after the fitting today. Also, Ursula is coming right along. We open in 10 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 152

 

Native American tourist doll, probably Apache or one of the other Southwest tribes. These dolls were/are sold at roadside rest and souvenir stands. The souvenir stands are bi-polar, they have   cheap plastic dolls (like this) and some of them have real Native American made jewelery, pottery and other art. You really can't tell until you go in and look around.

 

Love the huge basket and large jingle bells.


I've been working for 8 days and it was good to know I didn't forget how to sew. Always...Patsy Cline opens tonight and, of course, I'll be posting photos. I made 2 dresses and yesterday started making Ursula's dress for The Little Mermaid.....sequin everywhere!


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 151

 

Poor Cosette. Too bad about the 18th century shock treatment. I started a summer job yesterday. Helping out at my old summer job, Peach State Summer Theatre. The first show (which I didn't work on) was Les Miserables. Which everyboby calls "Les Miz", because nobody can pronounce "Miserables". Cosette is one of the characters.


The shows I'll be helping with are  Always... Pasty Cline and The Little Mermaid.  yesterday was the first time I'd done a lot of sewing in the past year. I didn't forget how to sew....like falling off a log.




Wednesday, June 3, 2015

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 150. 150!!!!!!!!!

Wow, 150 weird dolls and I still have more. Let's have another one of my sister-in-laws.

He's lost his clothes, poor fellow. He's made of cloth wrapped around wire. Probably Chinese. Sister-in-Law doesn't remember were she found him.

Proof that I'm still cool: was in Hot Topic today looking at jewelry (because I need more, don't judge) and a young woman asked me were something was. She thought I worked there. For those that don't know, Hot Topic is also called Goth in the Mall, they sell gothy stuff, band t-shirts, body jewelry, hair dye, you know, stuff for my age demographic. I got a kick out of that.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 149

 

Three day weekends always seem to mess me up. Monday was Memorial Day and I spent today thinking it was Tuesday. Silly me. The closest doll I have to a soldier.

 

He's untidy! Look at that string and did he roll around in the cat hair?

I'm happy you all enjoyed the art museum. The next exhibit is sometime in June/July. If I'm here, I'll have to take another field trip.



Saturday, May 23, 2015

NOW, WHERE WAS I?

Right the Harn Museum of Art. Last post featured some of the special exhibits. The permanent collection is pretty impressive, too. 


Like this Miro. 


 Or this one by a  guy named Picasso. Not too shabby.


 This piece is made by an African artist. And because I'm me, I didn't write his name down.

 Here's a close-up. It's made from cut up pieces of can and bottle caps. 

 Andy Warhol's in the house. The museum has 6-8 Warhols, but the batteries in my camera were running low and I wanted to take more pictures. There was a wall of his photo, too.


 A small Georgia O'Keeffe.  The framing seems an odd choice to me, it kind of cramps the flower.

 A Russian/American woman artist who's name I also forgot to write down.

 Found object lamp
 A huge  piece of Kinte cloth.


 Another one of the special exhibits was Molas from Panama. I have 7 for these hanging around my house and it was a nice surprise exhibit.


 Across from the Kinte cloth was this African version of St. George and the Dragon.

Hope you all enjoyed my field trip the the Harn Museum of Art. I had no idea that it was full of so many amazing pieces. If the batteries hadn't died, there would have been more pictures: pieces by Frank Stella, Monet, Magritte. Go check out your local art museum, you won't be disappointed.



Friday, May 22, 2015

FIELD TRIP!!!!!!

 

Best thing about being retired/not working? Going on field trips in the middle of the week. On Wednesday we went to the Harn Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainsville.  Awesome place and it's FREE!!!!!!!! And photo are allowed without flash. We saw so much, the art will be in the next post, this post will be clothes and jewelry.


 The sign says it all. Kabas are a traditional form of dress in Ghana. They have been updated to awesome.  The dress in the left is from Chez Julie made in the late 1960's. The dress on the right is also Chez Julie and from the late 1960's. The fabric is called wax print.


 Christie Brown evening gown from 2010. Satin and wax print.

 Pistis dress, 2012. Lace, patchwork, wax print.


 Red carpet worthy evening gown by Pistis. 2011


 Brigitte Merki Kente-oke dress, 2011.


 Love this jacket. Brigitte Merki Kente-oke dress and jacket, 2011

 Traditional man's top.........................

 .....updated into a cute cocktail dress by Christie Brown, 2009

 My favorite. Ajepomaa Design Gallery cocktail dress, 2014. Woven  fabric from Burkina Fasso and wax print.

 Beautiful evening gown. Ajepomaa Design Gallery, 2011. Leather, wax print and studs.

 I don't have information on this one.


 Necklaces made from wax print fabric and feathers.

How could I not take pictures of jewelry? Here's a quiz: who do you see wearing these pieces? You get one guess and there isn't a prize.

 A beautiful necklace from Somalia. Sorry about the shadow.

 Hair combs and a crazy pair of earrings. Also from Somalia.


 Gold and jade necklace from Panama.

 Gold nose ring from Panama. 

There was also a local woman who makes kabas, but she wasn't there the day we went. This is a display of her fabric. Can you see President Obama on the bottom row?

I've said this before, but if you live near a major university and want culture, go to the web site and check out the art, music and theatre offerings. The shows are usually a lot cheaper (or free) than professional ones. You do have to take into account that some of the offerings will be student work. This art museum is not a student gallery, as you will see in the next post.