The Big Day - Tuesday, October 12, 2010. I had been given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take a class with the dollmaker extraordinaire, elinor peace bailey - and I met my idol.
She was going to be in WI and would be teaching a class at a local fabric shop where we had met for our doll club. When I received the call to ask if I would like to attend the class, there wasn't a moment of hesitation on my part. Of course I would! When I met elinor and was able to actually shake her hand, I was so happy I could not contain myself. :<) To say that I was awestruck is an understatement. Sorry elinor - you were most kind and lovely about it! :<)
Elinor has been my dollmaking inspiration for more years than I can remember and I have always loved her doll patterns with a passion - since the first day I saw one. She is an artist of remarkable talents and her creativity is amazing. I haved watched elinor on her video and her DVD and have seen numerous photos of her, but to meet her in real life - to hear her tell her jokes and watch her work, to see her dolls up close and be able to hold them - was wonderful.
I had just told her that my big birthday was coming up next month and she asked how old I was going to be and I told her and she said that she had just celebrated her birthday and we were the same age! Whoa! How much better can it get! Al Pacino, John Lennon, Tom Jones, Raquel Welch, Nancy Sinatra, elinor peace bailey and me! :<)
One of the things that elinor is famous for is her wearable art and her love of bright colors. To see her in all her splendor was to receive instant happiness! All I could think of was "oh, that's how she makes that" and "thats how it's worn" and 'it's is all so beautiful!" Yes, I was living my dream! What can I say? :<) When elinor said that I could not only take photos of anything I wanted to but that I also could post them on my blog - I was in heaven.
In the class we made one of elinor's small dolls and elinor hand-painted the faces on each one of the doll heads as they were completed, before they were sewn onto the bodies. There were 14 of us in the class and elinor had each person attending the class come up to the front, one at a time, and join her where she was sitting to watch her create the face.
While she painted the individual and original face for that person, she asked questions about their lives and families and their personal dollmaking history. She laughed and told jokes and made each person feel important and that she was happy that they were there.
On the table in front of her were a treasure trove of colorful supplies for her to work with when she created! Fabric, buttons, beads, yarn, glitter, pens and markers - so many colorful things!
Everyone was given her full attention when it was there turn to receive the one-on-one time with elinor - she answered each question without hesitation and gave help whenever it was needed. She had suggestions and solutions to any problems that occured during the making of these little dolls.
Here are a few of the photos I took of these anazing creations. Look at these faces! The detail! The colors! The characters themselves! One woman created them all! Amazing!
Thank you for your kindness and graciousness elinor! You made my dream come true.
Without hesitation she began to knot the strips together - saying that the first thing was to give it height. Then she noticed my head was sewn on a bit wobbly and that would not do. :<) So she quickly sewed it securely to the body and then continued the hairdo by sewing in tiny heart beads in the front and the back on top of the strips. I was in awe.
Here is my doll with her beautiful, original and one-of-a-kind elinor peace bailey face and hairdo. I named her "Delight" and will be hanging her in my studio area by the sewing machine where I can see her every day.
Thanks for stopping by today to share my wonderful day!
Wishing you a great day today! We are still enjoying the sunshine here in this part of Wisconsin, although it is much colder. I guess one has to accept that Fall is here - especially with Halloween just around the corner! Tomorrow another little owl joins his friends in Owl Forest. :<)