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DescriptionWishes & Dreams Spirit Dolls with Gwen Lafleur
Saturday, May 13, 2023
10:00 am-5:00 pm, 1 hour break for provided lunch
In this fun approach to creating your own mixed media spirit dolls, we'll create one-of-a-kind characters that hold our wishes and dreams on the inside and feature unique faces and characteristics on the outside. Gwen will teach you how to sculpt your own face and head from clay (although there will also be molds available.) We'll learn a fun process for painting the heads and preparing them for their headdresses and then we'll make easy no-sew bodies. Once the basic pieces of our dolls are complete, the fun really begins as we wrap, dress, and accessorize our creations with fabric, wire, ribbons, beads, feathers, and more. In the end, we'll have spirit dolls full of both their makers' hopes and their own distinctive personalities. You'll have the option to mount your completed doll in a vintage industrial spindle (included in your kit) which you can add into a larger installation later. Gwen will also share and discuss how she added additional pieces and features into several of her spirit dolls to create truly individual and meaningful works of art. Your class kit — a $15 fee paid directly to the instructor the morning of class — includes the following: clay for your doll's head; skewer and vintage industrial spindle; stuffing and sari ribbon to create the body; use of face molds while in class if desired; glazing supplies for the sculpted face; a selection of textiles and embellishments for students to share; select paint and extra tools for students to share. Student Supply List: Download your PDF copy now »
About the Instructor: Gwen Lafleur is a lifelong artist, crafter, instructor, and world traveler living in her hometown of Herndon, Virginia with her adorable (and opinionated) dog Jake. She has been involved in arts and crafts her entire life, trying anything from drawing lessons to paper crafts and finally finding her true home as a mixed media artist. Gwen's work has been displayed in galleries and can be found in private collections around the world and has also been published in Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studio, Belle Armoire Jewelry, and Creative Scrapbooker magazines. (You may also have spotted her as a cast member in the pilot episode of Destination Craft, filmed in Bali in 2015.) Gwen is also a product designer and has stencils available through StencilGirl Products, a line of embossing powders and embellishments from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies, embossing powders with WOW!, and rubber stamps with PaperArtsy. Visit her website at www.gwenlafleur.com.