Sunday, February 7, 2010

Celebrating Black History Month and the Art of Doll Making!

February is Black History Month and the African American folk art of doll making is something that is exciting to explore this time of year. Doll collecting among African Americans has historically included elements of history and genealogy, with childhood dolls being passed from mother to daughter for generations. The dolls also provide a continuing link to the past – their simplicity, uniqueness and age that mark the gradual progression of African Americans socially.

This month, to celebrate Black History Month and the history of African American doll making consider:

*visiting the Philadelphia Doll Museum, to get a glimpse of the history of African American Dolls and doll making.

*purchasing and reading Debbie Behan Garrett's book Black Dolls: A Comprehensive Guide to Celebrating, Collecting and Experiencing the Passion

*visiting a local African American doll maker's studio in your community, take a doll making class or subscribe to their newsletter or blog.

*attending a Black History Doll Show this month. I will be participating in one in Hyattsville, Maryland. See my earlier blog post.

*traveling to the Gullah Islands off the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina to get the flavor of traditional doll crafts and the history behind them.

This month is an exciting month to share your love of dolls and find a sense of history in the African American community. Let me know some other ideas of how you intend to celebrate the history Black Doll making!


Black Doll Enthusiast said...

Thanks, Sherry, for the book plug. As you know, the book was a success as all copies sold out in less than a year -- a testament to the fact that people crave our dolls and information about them. I will be updating Black Doll-E-Zine with the doll show information in your earlier blog along with some other doll-related information that I need to share with subscribers.

Thanks again!


Margaret said...

Thank you for the wonderful suggestions!