Doll News Winter 2015 - (Page 138)

The Story of Susan Fosnot by Ann M. Leis "As a choice of materials, cloth is closer than anything else to the real essence of a doll." usan Fosnot is one of the most exciting contemporary cloth doll makers of this century and UFDC is proud to present Susan as the souvenir doll artist for its sixty-sixth annual convention, "A Dream Come True" in 2015. Susan has been making dolls almost her entire life but over the past twenty years has perfected a painting technique that rivals those of the great cloth doll makers of the early twentieth century. Susan carefully designs and crafts each of her one-of-kind dolls and elaborately hand paints their faces. Her trompe l'oeil painting style gives a unique quality of richness and depth. The three dimensional illusion is so captivating, the dolls' faces seem to come alive and will simply take your breath away. This unpretentious artist says she spends a lot of time thinking about the dolls she makes which is evident in the details of her work. Susan's dolls are visually exciting yet simple in rag doll form. They seem to parallel the artist who creates them as Susan says she enjoys her simple quiet life style. Susan grew up in a culture of making things. She was exposed at an early age to different ideas about how things could be made. Her father was a printer and ran an offset lithography press and her mother worked for a time as a graphic artist. "When other little kids were working on coloring books, I was using a magnifying glass to take apart Adela is a classic nineteenth century style doll. She has wide sloped shoulders, long curls and a classic dress made from antique sprigged cotton with cartridge pleats and embroidery. Her coral beads are created with paint. She is 13 inches tall. 138 WINTER 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Doll News Winter 2015

From the Editor
UFDC Offi cers and Regional Directors
President’s Message
UFDC Conference Calendar
A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Members
A Dream Come True, UFDC’s 66th Annual Convention Information and the 2015 UFDC National Convention Registration Card
2015 UFDC National Competitive Exhibit Early Information
Fundraising Committee Report
Marianna’s Gift: The Hands that Heal
Marianna Original Paper Doll
Wonderful Japanese Kokeshi Dolls
Alien (Heads) or The Invasion of the (Peg Wooden) Body Snatchers
The Ralph Waldo Emerson Family Dolls
Louisa May Alcott, Madame Alexander and the Little Women Dolls
Hepzibah’s Milkmaids – The Dolls of The House of the Seven Gables
A Child A Doll A Portrait
Shared Passions 2014 UFDC Special Exhibit The Wild West
Shared Passions 2014 UFDC Special Exhibit Dianna Effner
Shared Passions 2014 UFDC Antique Competitive Exhibit Part 1
Shared Passions 2014 UFDC Modern Competitive Exhibit Part 1
Shared Passions 2014 UFDC In Appreciation
The Art of Technology
Painted Perfection – The Story of Susan Fosnot
Masquerade - The History of Costume Balls and Fancy Dress
Go Ahead, Make a Scene! Creative Collecting, Part 1
Club Notes
Reviewing Resources
UFDC Awards of Excellence Nomination Information and Form
Doll-ers & Sense
In Our Memories
News & Notes
Member-At-Large Form

Doll News Winter 2015