More craft thinking and a surprising spark of interest

September 16, 2008

The lovely Age reporter, Fran Atkinson, asked me about dolls vs playthings. And this was my reply. I think that some dolls are clearly not playthings. Like the collectible movie/comic figurines. Not only are they not meant to be played with, they’re not supposed to be taken out of the box. And some dolls are …

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Totem thinks

September 16, 2008

I’ve been sitting in the studio and at home surrounded by all these incredible dolls and it’s slowly dawned on me that not only is Totem about self identity, like a vox pop of how a section of society see themselves, but it’s also a flagship for promoting modern craft practice. Each one of these …

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another Totem doll and some craft musings

September 12, 2008

Firstly, Natalie Kalinova has posted her doll online. You can find Natalie’s Flickr set here. I love this doll, reminds me of being all rugged up against the cold and the wind on a grey winter’s day. This is something that I love about this show, that dolls are so familiar, and the truths they …

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Two new Totem dolls have popped up online

September 10, 2008

This beautiful one is by the incredibly talented American doll artist Carisa Swenson, you can find the image here. This rabbit is currently sitting in my studio, part of the growing pile of dolls. Lucky I’m not creeped out by them, or I’d never be able to enter the room! It’s an incredible sculpture, but …

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When, oh when, will I learn?

September 9, 2008

To not carry interesting looking things around with me? Today I met up with the talented and charming artist Jon Beinart, he was handing in his Totem doll, Bubbapilla. It’s an obsecenly cute yet disturbing piece created from a number of identical baby dolls.(image taken from Jon’s site, After a quick and interesting talk …

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Totem invite

September 4, 2008

Dear everyone in the entire world,Totem, Dolls with Souls, the doll exhibition I’m curating for Fringe, opens on the 25th of September at 5:30 to 8:30 at Federation Square, Melbourne. I’d love it if you could be there!You can find Fringe details here I’m terribly excited about it, come one, come all, bring everyone you …

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Another Totem entry online!

August 22, 2008

Claire, of the ace and crafty blog Ethel Loves Fred has posted her Totem doll online too! Oh, how cute is she? I love her hair and her cigarette was a really bold choice, how often do you see smoking dolls? I love how crafty this doll looks. And I love how different she is …

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Totem: Dolls with Souls

August 20, 2008

I’m curating a show for Fringe at Fed Square called Totem: Dolls with Souls through my artistic company, Omnific Assembly. I’m asking artists to create self portrait dolls, not of how they look on the outside but how they feel about themselves on the inside. I’ve had an incredible response, over 110 artists have signed …

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