It is quite chilly across North America this week as Winter settled in for a bit in Texas. We tend to have mild winters to make up for our mind-bendingly hot and humid summers. It’s a great time to be in your studio or art corner dreaming up art dolls! ADAA provides you lots of opportunities to learn new techniques and stretch your wings a bit.
I read the closing article in the most recent Sommerset Studio magazine about finding your Art Tribe. The author described feeling isolated in her corner of the world until she attended an art retreat in Virginia Beach (Art and Soul). There she met a group of like-minded people and they formed a group – she found her Art Tribe. That’s what All Dolls Are Art is for me. It’s my Art Doll Tribe.
I am lucky enough to belong to an art doll club here in Austin, the Central Texas Art Doll Sculptors. We meet once a month during the year, with a retreat and a holiday party taking up 2 of our months. We are a bit of an anarchic group, but we feed each other’s creative wells. The majority of the group works in media that I don’t generally explore, as I work in media that they don’t care for, but we help each other grow.
I started ADAA in 2011 to attempt to grow the Art Doll community by providing a time to get away from your daily life and stresses, to be with other similarly creative people to learn new techniques and to CREATE! This year will be the fifth All Dolls Are Art and I hope, sincerely, that this tribe of people will continue to expand and that we can continue to explore the art form of the Art Doll in all it’s variations and possibilities together. That is my wish for you and for ADAA as we enter 2015.