I am having a blast traveling around the world visiting with our IADR (International Art Doll Registry) members. I have been to England, Italy, and now to the far reaches of Australia.
So bring your favorite drink and join us. Mine will be tea (*smiling) as Amanda and I talk about our favorite thing... Dollmaking.
Avoid getting Pix-a-lated!!!
The time is planned for 12:30 pm MST. For those in the USA, it will move forward as planned. For those in Italy or Australia (for example) you might need to confirm the time difference as we will be actually a hour earlier for you (or not...). Hope this blurp gets past the pixies so that we can all get together - and don't forget to check our chat line for the link post. See you there.
Also I'm glad this crazy time zone change happened after my Conversation with the Dollmaker for the month of March as I enjoyed my lovely time with Amanda Parkinson. I am in the process of updating and editing that video and it will be out shortly. Keep your eyes open as Amanda and I share our love of dollmaking through her art.
Rainy Days are a coming...
It really doesn't take much to connect your creation to the Theme of the Show but it is important to let the judges see into your head as to what inspired you and through your eyes to see how you carried that inspiration into a wonderful piece.
A reminder to each of you that I do not have anything to do with the judging. These are only my thoughts and hopefully they can help you to in participating in our new Theme Shows for this year.
Bring on the Rain... we're ready for it.
All of us all have something to share from the fountain of knowledge we have collected over our time of dollmaking.
I had never heard of anything like this for doll wigs. Something we will be checking into more. This is just some of the fun and inspiring chat we were having.
Because of our reach across the globe, our time for the gathering is pretty much set which is 12:30 pm (MST)... Yep, just after my lunch *smiling*. Though which days might be negotiable as we certainly would like to set up a time during the week when most could attend our gathering. (The word "meeting" sounds so formal - which we certainly aren't *smiling*.) So mark your Calendar as we will be meeting only once a month and our next gathering will be March 15th (a Wednesday). Hope to see you at this fun zoom gathering of dollmakers.
Conversation with Dollmaker...
If you have missed these conversations, join me and the IADR Dollmakers either here in the blog or on Youtube. Here on the website you will see Conversations on the right side of the screen where the past blogs are archived. To view on Youtube, click the link below:
After you have joined us for our enjoyable conversation, don't forget to check out her links to see her work and learn even more about her. Also our conversation will be up soon on our Youtube channel. So many ways to come join us.
Looking to the Future...
I am hoping everyone will want to play with this event as it is a great opportunity for your work to be seen as a gallery or a shop since you can link your Website, Etsy, Ebay or even Facebook to your Studio page. This is a lovely way to share your story and adventure in creating your artwork.
The Artist's Studio page is for your work, past or present that you would like others to see. There is no timetable for your work here. If you are wanting to add to your Studio page only, then use the Artist Studio submission form. A couple of things to point out that could be used better is...
Again, if you are creating your gallery, then you truly want to explain your piece and what inspired you as people want to share in your experiences in creating the piece.
Also these Conversation videos will be up shortly on the IADR Youtube channel of our own! Yep, I started one up and already have the video of the last Juried show on there with these clips following soon. Here is the link if you like to help get us started with subscribers *smiling.
Tag - You're it!!!
Let me explain. First of all, because the theme is magical memories, this can be anything you want as long as you explain how it supports the Event theme. It doesn't have to be just about Santa and elves. For myself one of my very first Christmas toys was a pink stuffed rabbit. Now if the rabbit follows our registry guidelines which is:
Now here is where we begin to play! Because this event is chosen by the people we don't have to be on the QT about it. In fact I encourage people to be sharing their works in progress for this event! We can even get together and maybe do some brainstorming - zoom events about it. The more you post, the more people know about what we are doing.
The more people know about the your doll, the bigger the interest of people that might come to vote. Remember - voters don't have to be members of IADR. This is where you get to call in those "favors" of your aunt, cousins, and siblings to come vote for you. It's never to soon to start giving them peeks *smiling*.
Now this is where we also play TAG - YOUR IT! Because if you tag me in your posts regarding anything you want to have me share to our three IADR pages/groups, I am more than willing to do that. So, if you post on your own personal timeline and tag me, then I know I can share it to everyone in the IADR.
But... (there is always a but... *smiling*), if your post is important to read then post it to the public IADR and the private Facebook sites, because when I share your posts the verbiage gets shrunk to the next level down. To TAG me or not is up to you, but know I am willing to share your images because the more places you can post - the more you can be seen. Again, when you are posting out there remember to include the IADR (except for current juried show entries before they are judged) because the more activity we get... again, the more your art is seen.
Welcome Exciting 2023!
The one thing that keeps coming back to my mind is how many people wanted to help keep IADR alive when it was going through it's transition and asked "What can I do?"
So with these four suggested 2023 New Year Resolutions - think of them as ways you can help IADR.
Share - what you are doing and any tips or suggestions. When you post something, you have the option to post in both the public group as well as our private group. Double the options to be seen by doing both which also creates more activity for both groups. You can post in the public and share to the private Facebook group to make it easier if you like. Just keep in mind that juried show entry posts are for after the event has been judged. The excitement and anticipation to see the final production of the wonderful work showcased in these juried events make their own Red Carpet feeling.
Be You - Be your awesome friendly self by commenting and reacting to the posts in both the public and private group. This helps all of us to see a post and to stay informed. It also boosts our reach in Facebook as well as warms the heart. I have truly appreciated all the wonderful comments and reactions I have received thus far - keep it up!
Reach Out - Reach out this year by building your Artist's Studio page on the IADR website. Contribute to the Registry, participate in the Juried shows, and be in our new Christmas Event this year. These are fun and engaging ways to not only increase public awareness of you and your work, but also a great way to challenge & grow. Plus every time you send something to me to upload on your Artist's Studio page, you are increasing traffic to our website. Every time you are checking the page to stay up on current events you are boosting our opportunity for coming up in the search algorithms. Don't hesitate to reach out.
Grow - Grow by using our website. Link your store sites to your Artist's pages... as just another way for someone to discover you. Use our hashtag in your posts for Instagram (read more about that in the newsletter). You can also expand your reach by sharing your Youtube channel information with us through our tutorial section. (Contact me for information on that if interested.)
So, with adopting these 2023 Resolutions, you may notice that with your help by exercising your voice and your art on our Facebook pages (as well as the IADR website), you might loose that feeling of being alone and of not being seen in that huge space of the World Wide Web. Who knows, you might gain (but a good gain - *smile*) of wonderful supportive friends that will cheer you on and thereby feed and nurture IADR as well. Bring on 2023... we're ready for it!
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