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Revisioning the Flip Doll: Exploring Our ConnectionsPlease mark your calendars for the opening reception, February 2nd, 6-9 PM at Artists and Makers Studios, Parklawn Building, in Rockville, MD, to mark the culmination of the Flip Doll Project! The exhibit runs from February 1-22 and includes flip dolls from a challenge that went out the the D.C. community and beyond, flip dolls by women transitioning from homelessness at N. Street Village in D.C. and the flip dolls I made in response to my research and outreach.
Above are images of flip dolls from each of these three areas. My Rhea, Mother Earth/Raina, Every Woman is an Empress to the left, fiber artist Jill Newman's 5 Going on 50, center and top right and N Street Village resident, Cheryl Young's Winter/Spring doll bottomm center and right.
We will have some wonderful and creative dolls in the exhibit, with many different takes on the idea of dualities and connections that the flip doll evokes. Some are personal, some are political, all are unique statements of each artists experience.
Please also note, if you are interested in learning more about flip dolls and the whole project that I've been involved in over the past two years, studying, making and teaching about flip dolls, I will be giving a talk to the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild, where I got a grant that gave partial funding for this project. This free talk will take place on Saturday, February 10th at 11 am. See the PFAG website for more information.
For gallery hours, directions and other details, see the Artists and Makers website. And if you're hearing about this for the first time, see the blog page of my website, where I have posted about all the stages of this process.
Hope to see you on February 2nd! I still have lots more details to take care of, one more doll to put the final touches on, edits to my talk and lots more. But I am excited to see this all coming together after two years of working on this. Also I want to thank Jill Newman, who put together the image at the top of page and whose doll will also be in the exhibit. I am very grateful to all those who have helped me along the way. And I am grateful to have had the chance to have worked with so many wonderful people starting with the PFAG members who assisted during the N. Street Village workshop and the N. Street Village wonderful women themselves. Below I will give a sneak peek of what I will be sharing more of in my talk, of the actual workshops in process.
I've been making dolls for about five years now. I believe that dolls serve as representations and reminders of the best part of ourselves. I am exited to share with you here my learnings about new methods and techniques for doll making and healing. So glad you are here!