The Art Doll Chronicles: A Collaborative Journey of Discovery

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This celebration of nine art dolls and the artists who made them, offers a colorful look at an unusual project that spanned 19 months and took the dolls on a journey all over the United States. Each doll is a one-of-a-kind work of art, made by women who contributed something to each work-in-progress and offered unique perspectives on womanhood and images of dolls. Professional dollmakers as well as a quilt maker, a metalsmith, a woodcarver, and a sculptor created dolls that evolved into vivid characters as they traveled from artist to artist with handmade journals that served as a combination diary, travel log, and artists canvas. From Joe the Wandering '60s Beatnik to a made-over Madeline sure to be kicked out of her French boarding school for her outrageous attire, each doll is accompanied by photographs, excerpts from the journals, and essays by the artists about the joys, challenges, and frustrations of working on the project.

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Catherine Moore is a mixed media artist and veteran of art collaborations. She lives in Peachtree City, Georgia. Deb Evans Braun is a mixed media artist who lives in San Francisco, California. Elizabeth Owen is a quilt artist from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Keely Barham is a mixed media artist who lives in Anaheim, California. Lesley Jacobs is a graphic designer from Seattle, Washington. Lynne Perrella is an illustrator who lives in Ancram, New York. Maria Moya is a mixed media artist from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Rice Freeman Zachery is a mixed media artist who lives in Midland, Texas. Tesha Moore is a publisher of The Studio and resides in Issaquah, Washington.

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This lavishly illustrated, full-color book starts out with the creation of nine art dolls and their makers. Every detail of the beautiful dolls is shown up close with general commentary on how they were put together. The completed dolls were then sent on a 19-month journey from artist to artist and their travels were recorded in art journals that are also splendidly displayed in the pages of the book. The amount of creativity within both the dolls and the journals is staggering - I can't even put the proper words to it. This is one art book you will never regret buying. --Julie Lovisa, Vine Voice

Great art doll book. Lots of helpful photos --Karen Rae

This book has been a great resource for a fun project a group of 50 something friends have started. We keep going back to our 20 individual copies to reread and be inspired. --Bonnie Tressler

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