Mixed Media Doll Making While Celebrating the Gullah Tradition
On Saturday, August 7, 2010 I had the privilege of hosting 21 participants in my Mixed Media Gullah Doll Workshop at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum in Southeast Washington, DC. I was invited to give this workshop by the Ward 7 Arts Collaborative in Washington, DC.
The theme of the workshop was Mixed Media Doll making in the Gullah tradition. Participants were challenged to hone into their own creativity and create dolls made out of Popsicle sticks, cardboard, and pipe-cleaners.
The workshop started out with a discussion of the Gullah culture, history and folk traditional doll making.
Supplies were given to all participants that included fabric, yarn, ribbons, shells and other found objects. Each class member created something unique and different from each other.
Children, their parents and grandparents participated. It was such a magical event -lot's of positivity and sharing. Two noted doll makers- Joann Banks and Imani Russell also participated.
A joyful time was had by all.
Many thanks to the Ward 7 Arts Collaborative and the Anacostia Museum for providing me the opportunity to host and instruct this powerfully positive workshop!
I am an emerging self taught doll artist who is learning how to improve my craft. I started doll making 3 years ago and stopped due to entrepreneurial pursuits. Now with the help of my mentor Francine Haskins, I am beginning the craft again with much more vigor and interest. Please share this journey with me.