Princess Amaya is a positive image doll and was inspired by little girls who wanted a "princess who looks like me". If you are interested in having a princess doll made for a little girl in your life let me know.
Because Princess Amaya is a wise princess, she has some words of wisdom to share with you:
1. Never take apples from a stranger.
2. Real friends won't lock you in a tower.
3. Slay your own dragons.
4. Never walk through a dark forest alone.
5. Stop waiting for Prince Charming,
be your own hero, rescue yourself.
Grandma Selene will be part of the "Focus on Fiber" 3rd Annual Fiber Arts Open Show at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330-B Gibbons Drive in Carmichael, June 3rd through June 21st. For more information visit their website at www.SacFineArts.org
Grandma Selene's costume is made of plain white cotton muslin that I used a couple of dye techniques on to get her one of a kind look. The skirt is made of strips of shredded muslin that I stitched together and put through my washing machine and dryer to distress the fabric. I used three shades of tie dye to color the skirt. It almost looks like the feathers of a tropical bird.
Grandma Selene also has some wise words to live by, of course, because grandmas always do:
1. Gray hair is beautiful.
2. Respect is earned not entitled.
3.Wisdom comes with time and experience.
4. Love comes from the heart, not from the back of the throat.
5. Don't let negative people live in your head, raise the rent and kick them out.
6. Never let success go to your head or failure go to your heart.
I will be teaching the "Flying Dancers" art doll class this fall at The Elk Grove Fine Art Center on Saturday September 20th from 11am to 4pm. This will be great because we'll have 5 hours to work on and complete the doll. I am hoping to be able to accommodate 6 to 8 students. I will have more information later this month. Other classes and locations will also be announced later this month.
Sacramento is having it's first Black Book Fair, "On The Wings of Words", June 6th, 7th, and 8th in the historic Oak Park District. Co-chairmen, Faye Kennedy, would like see this become a yearly event. Black authors from all over the United States will be flying in for this three day event to hold workshops and sign their books. There will also be tons of activities for children. For more information go to www.sacramentoblackbookfair.com .
They are also still in need of volunteers to help make this fantastic event happen. If you are able to volunteer at least two hours of your time on any or all of the three days, you can download an application from the same website under the volunteers tab.
Here's and update about the 2014 California State Fair. The judging results were published Friday and some other fiber artist that we know also placed.
Alice Calhoun, "Floral Abundance", Honorable Mention, Category: Large Quilts
Connie Horne, The Meissner Sewing and Learning Center Award, 1st Place
Connie Horne, 1st Place, Category: Wearable Art
Jan Hollins, "Days Gone By", 3rd Place, Category: Applique Quilts
Gloria Grandy, "Verlene", Honorable Mention, Category: Dolls and Toys
Gloria Grandy. "Michael", Third Place, Category: Dolls and Toys
Happy June, see you later.