The Austin Doll Collectors Society is an organization of antique, vintage, and modern doll collectors, dealers, and artisans. We meet on the first Monday of each month and our meetings are fun and educational. We begin with refreshments and socializing, and, following our brief business meeting, there is a special doll-related program and "show and tell." The Austin Doll Collectors Society is a nonprofit organization and is a member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs.

Friday, June 12, 2015

June 1, 2015, Meeting

The program for the June meeting was by Elaine Jackson and entitled "Realistic Doll Joints: From Dancing Dans to BJDs." Members were asked to bring example of multi-jointed dolls and a wide variety of dolls, antique, vintage, and contemporary, were on display.

For many modern collectors, the term ball-jointed doll calls to mind the resin BJDs from Japan Korea, and China, but German and French doll companies were producing dolls with ball jointed bodies in composition and wood as early as the 1860s. The two bisque-headed beauties in the back are reproductions of antique French fashion dolls created by member and doll artist extraordinaire Mary McKenzie.

This little Belgium milkmaid by German doll maker Armand Marseille is all-original.  Although only 8 inches tall, her ball-jointed composition body has joints at the shoulder, hips, knees, elbows, and even at her wrists.

Another example of an antique German bisque head doll with a ball-jointed composition body poses with a wooden doll by American maker Joel Ellis.  The wooden doll has metal hands and dates from the 1870s.

This primitive wooden doll has loosely jointed limbs, so that he can dance or jig when shaken.

Another set of wooden dolls by an American maker, this time by Albert Schoenhut and Company.  These wooden dolls have spring joints and can hold any pose.  Schoenhut dolls were produced from 1911 through the 1930s.

Two more jointed wooden dolls from Elaine's ample collection.

These two comic composition character dolls were produced by Cameo Dolls in the 1930s.  The Girl is named "Joy" and the boy, of course, is Pinocchio.

This vinyl doll is a "Miss Twist" by Uneeda Doll Company.  From the 1960s, she has a jointed waist, allowing her to perform the popular dance of the day, the Twist.

Members brought many examples of modern ball-jointed and multiple joint dolls.  This petite pair are dollhouse dolls by artist Heidi Ott.

Multi-jointed fashion dolls ready to strike a pose.

An Asian BJD pushes her pram.

This flexible feline is a custom made "anthro" BJD (humanoid animal doll) by artist Susan Seiter.  He is painted to resemble his owner's cat, a bat-earred Cornish rex.

A parcel of patriotic dolls.

This multi-jointed felt doll is by artist Maggie Iacono.

Many members enjoyed sharing their dolls with the club.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Fun at the Friendship International Culture Fair

On May 19, 2015, Member Sylvia McDonald set up a delightful display from her fantastic collection of foreign and ethnic dolls at the Friendship International Culture Fair in Round Rock.

Sylvia brought 43 dolls from 17 countries. The fair also featured food and displays from many different countries, as well as songs and dances from China, Mexico, Panama, the Russian Federation, South America, South Korea, and the United States.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

April 6, 2015, Meeting

The decorations for the refreshment table featured bunnies and bears in their Easter finery.

Member Beverly Evans gave a program on how to make doll shoes for all our bare-foot bebes.   

 Beverly generously provided the all the supplies, from the sticky glue to the soft leather.  

She explained the process in detail, with ample illustrations.

Ready to get to work!

Cobbling away like the shoemaker's elves!

Showing off her new shoes (ties yet to be added).

Another pretty pair completed.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Extraordinary African Dolls

On March 8, 2015, member Sylvia McDonald set out an amazing array of African dolls for her church's Missions Banquet.

There are two unusual dolls from Uganda, one of barkcloth made from the natal fig tree and one made from the dried banana fibers from the stalk area of the banana tree. What looks like just a piece of wood with rings burned into it is a doll played with by Yoruba tribe children.

The colorful beaded dolls were made in the 1950's and 1960's by Zulu women at the Red Cross Rehabilitation Center in Durban, South Africa. Today's Zulu mothers make beaded dolls using old rags, wool and beads with a mealie-cob core for their children. 

Even the table cloth fit into the African theme. It is tie-dyed fabric from Uganda.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

March 2, 2015, Meeting

 The theme for the refreshments was St. Patricks' Day.

There was a drawing with this sweet colleen as the prize.

Member Kimberley Nystrom did a program showing how she creates her realistic silicone infant dolls.

She brought many examples of her wonderful and whimsical wee ones.

A basket of her itty bitty babies.

Kimberley described the detailed process for creating these newborn babes. She begins by building a metal armature. Using a sculpting material, she then builds the doll over the simple wire skeleton.

Once the sculpting is complete and hardened by baking, she uses the form to make a silicone mold.

This mold is for a baby head that will have inset eyes.

The silicone casting material is poured into the mold, and, once it is set, the mold is peeled off.

These blue babies are forms Kimberley uses to make additional molds. She can use these forms to modify the basic doll, such as making an anatomically correct baby boy.

The doll is then assembled and painted to achieve realistic skin tones and detailed touches.

Members brought dolls to share, like this little dear dressed in John Deere. 

One lucky member displayed her rare Kammer and Reinhardt character doll, still in her original outfit and box!

These are wooden dolls sold as souvenirs for the House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts, made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel of the selfsame name. A recent article in the United Federation of Doll Club's publication, "Doll News," had an informative article about these dolls.