Doll News Spring 2014 - (Page 12)

T T + Dolls = asha udor M any famous people have been so captivated by dolls that they have formed important collections of them. I am neither famous nor a doll collector. I am simply a bookman and author whose interests led him to research and write about the twentieth century American author and artist Tasha Tudor. Dolls were one important element in her art. Tasha Tudor possessed an intimate knowledge of dolls and the fascinating lives they lead. She was not an avid collector so much as she provided housing to a whole family of dolls whom she loved dearly. They became well known in their own right, and they had frequent visitors. Tasha Tudor sometimes made dolls from her own imagination and for her own purposes. She created them from fabric and from clay. Others were frequently drawn on paper. She inspired many people in their personal doll pursuits. Above all, she spun wonderful fantasies around her dolls utilizing theatrics learned in her youth. It was an easy step for Tudor to transfer the magic of the stage to her dolls who lived active, imaginative lives. They kept house, fell in love, married, fell out of love, and traveled. They actually did these things, all under the very watchful guidance of Ms. Tudor. The New England Woman A Tasha Tudor Fig. 1 Three-year-old "Tasha" Burgess stands among her collection of teddy bears. "Tasha's Third Birthday Party," Jenny Wren Press, 1989 12 SPRING 2014 s a renowned illustrator, Tasha Tudor (1915-2008) cast a long shadow across twentieth century children's books. Hers was a New England shadow cast by a native. Tudor was born in Boston, as were her four children. She spent much of her first thirty years in the western Connecticut town of Redding. In Redding she became familiar with a way of farm life that was beginning to transition to mechanization. Her middle thirty years were spent on an old farm in New Hampshire that she and her husband Thomas McCready purchased in 1945 and gradually rehabilitated. By 1972, Tudor had established her very own New England farmhouse in Vermont where she lived the final third of her life. Tasha Tudor's books were published from 1938 through 2003. Each year in between saw something new appear with Tudor's name attached, finally totaling hundreds of items. People have been drawn to Tudor's art and books for many reasons. She illustrated classic beginner's literature such as Mother Goose (1944). She illustrated and retold stories from the Grimm brothers and Hans Christian Andersen. Her bestselling books were F. H. Burnett's The Secret Garden (1962) and A Little Princess (1963). She illustrated Little Women (1966) and other stories by Louisa May Alcott. Her own best works are A is for Annabelle (1954), Around the Year (1956) and Corgiville Fair (1971). She illustrated The Night Before Christmas five times. Tudor painted real scenes that reminded many people of their own first years. Her paintings conjured images of the farms

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Doll News Spring 2014

From the Editor
UFDC Officers and Regional Directors
President's Message
Conference Calendar
Welcome Newer Members
Fundraising Committee Report
Shared Passions - 2014 UFDC Convention
Tasha Tudor + Dolls = Enchanting Art
Early Juneau Bebe Part II
My Dear Hitty
A Capital Affair 2013 Antique Competitive Exhibit Part II
A Capital Affair 2013 Modern Competitive Exhibit Part II
A is for Annabelle - the story of a doll
Annatasha - A Paper Doll
A Visit to the Coleman Collection
Unending Delight - Tasha's World of Dolls
A Capital Affair 2013 Special Exhibit - The Four Seasons of Sandra Sue
A Capital Affair 2013 - Beautiful Boys, Gorgeous Girls - Asian and American BJDs
All About Lavinia Loring, A French Fashion Doll Reprinted from THE LETTER, Volume 3, Number 1, Summer 1983
Life before TV - UFDC Region 1 Conference
Christine Crocker - The Pastoral Dollmaker
Capturing the Classics - The Classic Plaything Collection of Wendy Lawton
The Story of Marjorie Tudor
Behind the Scenes - Regional Director Training
Isn't It Romantic
In a More Romantic Time - A Paper Doll
I is for Inspiration
Judging Dolls in UFDC Competitions
Club Notes
Reviewing Resources
Region Director Candidates
In Our Memories
News & Notes

Doll News Spring 2014