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Category Archives: Inspirations
Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes “Penny Plain” NIADA artist, Ronnie Burkett, profoundly missed by his NIADA pals and fans during
the several years his World-Class-Puppetmaster career has kept him too busy to make it to our conferences, was found to be alive and well and in top form when fellow artists Shelley Thornton and Heather Maciak and NIADA patrons Lynne and Gene Olson journeyed to Vancouver, British Columbia on December 8th, 2011 to see Ronnie’s new theatrical extravaganza, “Penny Plain”, a dark yet humorous tale of the end of mankind. Continue reading
My cohort dollmaker Annie Hurlbut, originally of Chevak Alaska visited me at the museum (Aunt Claudia’s Dolls) the last couple of days while she was downtown in Juneau marketing her dolls to the tourist galleries. Annie is a Yup’ik Eskimo … Continue reading
Doll wins All State in Alaska high school competition Japanese Exchange Student wins Best of Show honors at All-Alaska High School Competition It may be a stretch for me (Mary Ellen Frank) to take any credit for these … Continue reading
I continue Ihunke’s words.
He planned to do an exhibition in April in a mountain village in Iwate prefecture, where he lived for twenty years. It should be an exhibition to symbolize his new start. He should give up to do it as he planned. Continue reading
Some of you may remember the doll of attached photo. It is Ifunke’s work, which I introduced on Doll Forum Japan in 1998. Once his doll was a souvenir doll of JADE at UFDC convention in USA. I did not know he moved to Ishinomaki-shi in Miyagi pref, where was one of the worst area in this catastrophe.
Just two days ago I heard that he was swallowed by tsunami and saved his life to climb up and stay on a roof for two days. In such a cold weather…So I got his mobile number and called him a few hours ago. He was surprised at my call after some years, but told he was very happy to hear from me. He divorced and his two young children (8 yrs and 10 yrs-old) were looked after by his grandmother at his parents’ house closed to the seashore, when he works outside.
His parents’ house was gone and nothing left at all. He lives at an apartment, separated from the house, so he saved his life. His children were on the way home after school, so they survived, too. Continue reading
Juneau City Museum Receives a Tlingit Revered Elder Doll
Niece Micalyne and Uncle Ed Kunz accompany the presentation of the doll of their grandmother/mother Cecelia to the Juneau Alaska Museum. NIADA artist Mary Ellen Frank created this work replicating Cecelia’s regalia that she left her granddaughter, including extensive micro bead embroidery.
As a thanks to the family for their permission to work with clan crests, stories and images of their revered elder, Mary Ellen made a doll of local family spokesperson, Ed Kunz and surprised the family with it. He had, coincidentally, brought the 1905 regalia that the doll was wearing (from an early photo of Ed with his traditional dance group) and Ed slipped the tunic and mittens on.
The artist is now aware of the work that awaits her to complete his miniature tunic but this also means a continuing connection with this wonderful family. Continue reading
Hey… the Whitehorse Yukon Territory exhibition of northern Native (aka First Nations) dolls from Canada was super… Especially the Athapaskan work which is so rare. There is a decent exhibition catalog so the photos I took were of details that the one or two each doll got in the publication, didn’t show… With these figures, most collectors are very interested in footwear and the level of detail in the construction. Continue reading
In the summer of 1993, Peter and I traveled to Würzburg Germany to visit his parents, who had the year before to retired to the homeland. He had made this trip many times in his childhood, and even spent a year in school. This was my first trip to Europe and only seen castles in photo books, I had no idea this experience would have such a strong influence on my creative expression and how my dormant Catholic roots were still very much alive. Continue reading
Northern Canadian Dolls Exhibit
‘Sewing our Traditions – Dolls of Canada North’
I am off to Whitehorse Yukon Territories next week via ferry and road (map) to visit an exhibit of dolls organized by the Yukon Arts Centre for the Vancouver Olympics. There is a blog for this exhibit that has some interviews with the doll makers. Continue reading