Meet Imelda

Imelda is a new art doll I started to create this past spring while attending an art doll workshop with Kate Church. Imelda is part of my new series of dolls, which will be called the Rascals. She is seated on a found deer skull and made by hand out of polymer clay, naturally dyed wool (for her hair), repurposed material from drapes (for her cape), and a vintage button (among other things!). Imelda is a warrior, who is fighting the universal battle for all the wild things in the world. With each doll in this new series, I will be exploring the idea of what rascals are about and what they get into and what they discover in this big world we all share.

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New Art Dolls Together

I had the best time ever at my art doll workshop with Kate Church – learning new techniques, and spending many hours in creating more. What joy! Today, I would like to share my new art dolls together, which I hand-crafted with polymer clay, collected textiles, naturally dyed wool -just to name a few mediums used. I look forward to using my new skills over the next few months and continue to share my creations!!!

Photo  by Darshan Alexander Photography

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Inspiration

Inspiration can come from so many different things and people. This past week, I had the pleasure to spend time with Kate Church and some fellow art doll artists @The Blue Moon Winery. It was very exciting to reunite with like-minded souls doing what we love. The techniques I have learned this past week are going to take me to the next level of creating. Kate Church is an amazing person to learn from; she is patient, understanding, and makes sure you leave with all your questions answered. She makes you want to break new ground and push yourself to the next level and is pure inspiration. I feel honoured to have had this experience. To see more of her work and for info on her upcoming workshops, please visit her website – http://www.katechurch.com

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Spare

I spent the last week at the Blue Moon Winery in Courtney B.C. for an art doll workshop with Kate Church. There was so much growing on the farm, including blueberries, apples and much more. There also was a green house full of delicate flowers being Spared the possible brutal forces of nature; the young flowers are nicely protected from harm during the unpredictable spring showers and changing temperatures of the season.

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Off to Play…

The time has come to go off island and play for a week. Learning new techniques at an exciting workshop facilitated by Kate Church at The Blue Moon Winery. That’s right! I am off to play with these 2 pretties – my first ever stuffed animals and art dolls. I look forward to sharing the progress of the workshop as well as some pics from various sites around the Comox Valley.

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Workshop with Kate Church

I am getting really excited about the upcoming workshop with Kate Church, on May 22nd to the 27th. This super exciting workshop is being held at The Blue Moon Winery. When I attended last year, I met some incredible new friends, learned some great new techniques using polymer clay, and without a doubt was thrilled to meet Kate Church and learn from her. This year, we are taking the craft of art dolls to the next level and I can’t wait to share with you all what I learn and create. In the meantime, let me share a peek at our homework and our inspiration for the workshop. Wishing you all the best day. xoxo

For more information about Kate Church and to see her work, please visit her website http://www.katechurch.com

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Art Doll Workshop

I am so thrilled to have a sit at an exciting art doll workshop this Spring with Kate Church.You may remember that this is where it all started last May.I have been enjoying the medium of Polymer Clay this past year putting what I learned in to practice to create the lady’s of The Other-Side of my new art installation called “That Wall” and I can’t wait to learn more , see my fellow art doll makers and share another amazing experience.The workshop well be held @Blue Moon Winery in Courtney B.C.May 23 to 27th.Today I share a fond memory from last year sitting in sun shine on the beach with Kate Church.

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Weekly Photo Challenge:A Personal Victory

Today I feel like I have achieved a personal Victory .Back in the Spring I attended a very fun and awesome workshop by Kate Church .We learned how to create art dolls her way.She took us step by step and it was very intense .We all walked away with new friends and fresh ideas to take home to our studio’s.In the summer I went to a natural dye workshop on Cortes Island by Heather Young which also got me working and creating my own textile art.Using the skills I have learned this year has given me an  opportunity to try my hand to create my own art doll with a body suit I naturally dyed using onion skins.I love making these art dolls its a small scale of combining all my different trades in to one hair ,make-up ,fashion styling into one art piece.Today I celebrate A Personal Victory to dress my first art doll I created on my own.She is stuffed and ready. I look forward to sharing her all dressed. Her name is Laurisa and well be part of my new art installation called That Wall along side 12 other art dolls and so much more.I share a photo from the photo shoot last nite.IMG_1131

Art Show Announcements and so much more….

This Saturday Aug.15th my first art doll well be shown in About Face! a selfie art show @ Martin Batchelor Gallery . That’s right I made a selfie art doll named Laura.This is a very exciting group show with over 100 artist submitting.

On Aug 21st my second art doll and first wall hanging incorporating polymer clay features will be unveiled at The Old School House Art Gallery on Cortes Island the show is called The Artist’s Feast.This is the annual members show held each year.I well share the poster next week.

Its been a very exciting Spring and Summer and there still is more to come.It all started back in May when I attended a workshop with Kate Church learning how to make art dolls with polymer clay.Please visit her website to see more  https://katechurch.wordpress.com/ . I also attended a workshop that taught natural dying by The Craft Lab run by Heather Young on many different textiles which I well incorporate in to my future art dolls.To learn more about The Craft Lab please visit there website http://www.thecraftlab.ca/  .I learned so much during this 2 work shops and I am very excited to continue working with the techniques. I would like to encourage you to continue taking workshops there an inspiring way to keep growing your artistic/growing path ,meet new friends,and be energized by fellow attendees.

Earlier in the summer season I am honored to have been involved in a group photo exhibit at The Louvre in Paris for The See.Me Expose Yourself Digital Gallery there was 191 artist shown and viewed during this exciting event.I well frame my letter of recognition as 4 years ago I was in a workshop with Ruth Payne the curator for the Ferry Building Gallery in West Vancouver.She said make a 5 year goal Laura.Getting to show in Europe was one of them.

The summer has been filled with time in the studio creating art,gardening,paddle boarding and many guests on Cortes Island.I have also had the opportunity to start working on 2 new projects.That Wall a 13 pieces art installation and a new book.In the mean time please enjoy the rest of your summer and I well keep you updated on my process and the things that inspire me.Thank you for continuing to visit,share and support my creativity xoxoxo Laura

A Super Exciting Workshop

I am on my way to a very exciting workshop today with Kate Church if you have not heard of her now is the time.She is an amazing artist and I am thrilled to meet her , spend the next week learning from her and sharing this time with 17 other art doll enthusiasts.It’s going to be an intense week of creating but you shall still her from me and I will share some of the experience we have with all of you.Please check out her website http://www.katechurch.com  and stay tune to see what I create during this super exciting workshop.Workshop-poster-2015