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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Do wE NeeD ANyMorE STUFF????

If you are having trouble finding the right gift for the person who has everything then we have the answer for you!  

Just reminding you again about the gift cards for Nepal.

 After our visit there a couple of years ago Rangi wanted to help out so we linked up with a fantastic organization in Nepal that helps disadvantaged communities.  It's run by a guy named Bhupi and he is just a tireless worker with endless energy coming up with new ideas and programs to help disadvantaged communities become self sufficient.

  If you give a $10.00 gift card that provides one school bag and books for a child in one of the many communities outside of Kathmandu.  

Email if you are interested and we can post out the cards to you or the recipient - postage doesn't come out of your donation.  100% goes direct to buy bags and books.

Pay Pal or credit card.

Thanks folks and thanks again to those of you who gave the gift cards to friends and family last Christmas.  It is a gift that really counts!  A few very kind souls gave these cards to all the family - who really enjoyed the concept.



If you are interested in having a look at Rangi's trip photos - if you haven't seen them before - the blog is http://thingsilikeandflyingteapots-joy.blogspot.com.au/
There is a picture of a school room on the first page.
Hope to have my Japan trip photos up there soonish - after Chrissy presents all completed!  Aaagh.
thsilike@westnet.com.au   THANK YOU!!!!

CaN ThiS REallY bE CLOTH?



A couple of Lisa Litchenfels three-dimensional figures have been popping up on the net - couldn't help but share them with you.  They are so realistic it's hard to comprehend that they aren't human.  Lisa was introduced to Judy Japell's nylon stocking technique when she was at college and she developed the technique while working with Disney.  Lisa has continued using nylon to create her amazing life like creations.



Have to love this gal!  'Pauline'

I've been making Christmas presents for our annual get together next week.  Better get back to it as not halfway yet!  I'll share pictures with you after the event.

Monday, November 24, 2014

WaiT - THerE's MOrE



Could keep adding more and more!
A couple I can't resist.
Such a versatile artist.






Christine writes - 'An ancient connection to doll making and storytelling is ever present in my work. Experimenting with new techniques in drawing, painting, bead work, embroidery, problem solving structural and aesthetic problems, and educating myself on historical and cultural heritages, contributes to the continual growth and change in my figures'.

CHriStinE ShiVelLY StiLL CReaTinG WoNDroUs CHarACterS


Christine's booth at a Show earlier in the Year.
Wouldn't it be nice to get among the goodies!!!!




Oh to create such amazing pieces!!!!!

KOniChiWa

Well folks back home safe and sound.  Missed you all of course!!!!  Was good to get home, go thru the mail and catch up on the news.  Russ sent out the magazines so hope you received OK and had a relaxing time reading and being inspired!  Then wishing you had more time to create!


Helen happened to wander into a shop earlier in the month and ended up in a workshop with Merle Tait.  Merle certainly has an unusual perspective on how we can be more free with our creating but Helen said by the end of the workshop she really started to loosen up and create with a lot more freedom.  You may like to look at Merle's site -  http://www.artofinsight.com.au/ 






Many of you may follow the work of artist Kat O'Sullivan who creates fun upcycled sweaters and clothing.  She has an obsession with color which becomes very obvious when you see what she has done to her cottage that was built in the 1840's.  Check it out if you are interested at     http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/11/artist-kat-o-sullivan-transforms-a-dull-shack-into-a-psychedelic-rainbow-house/?src=footer   
This will lead you to her Etsy store as well if you would like to see the work she produces.  Fun, Fun, Fun!!!!!






You should have recd your Art Doll 1/4ly Winter 2015.  More magazines now on the way!







I didn't get to see it myself but someone was telling me about a village on Shikoku - the island I visited. When residents depart they are replaced by a life size doll!  Found it on the net .........    http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/05/valley-of-dolls/








Susie McMahon would be pleased with the article featuring her work in the latest 
Dolls, Bears and Collectibles.






Fascinated by faces!  This is a collage by an English artist Tom Deininger - he creates large-scale collages from found objects scavenged from landfills, yard sales and donated by friends and acquaintances.