The Authors

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Edwardian Lady Dolls, A Convention Preview

by Donelle Denery

 

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The Fabric Images of Joyce Patterson

by Ann M. Leis

Ann M. Leis grew up in Fulton, New York and has loved dolls most of her life. As a child, her best Christmas ever was receiving the Barbie Dream house. She is a member of the 1st Houston Doll club and is an avid collector of both antique and modern dolls.

Over the years, Ann has volunteered for a variety of school and civic organizations.

She was President for both high school Band and Choir Booster clubs and held numerous roles within each group.  Presently, Ann enjoys volunteering at her consignment shop for the Charity Guild of Catholic Women.

Ann holds a B.S.N in Nursing from Arizona State University and has worked as a surgical, school and recovery room nurse. She does a lot of traveling to help her family and likes to cook, Quilt and read. Ann enjoys Jazzercise, Yoga, Swimming and Tennis and has even learned to like Football.  Ann had three awesome kids pursuing goals in Marketing, Musical Theater and Engineering and has a wonderful husband who goes along with all of her crazy ideas. She is thrilled to be a free lance writer for Doll News and wants to thank Laurie and Nina for all their encouragement and support.

 

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Baby Love

by Linda Edward

Linda Edward is a doll lover from Newport, RI. She is a member of the Ida Lewis Doll Club in region 14. Linda is past director of region 14 and a past editor of Doll News. For eighteen years Linda operated the Doll Museum in Newport, R.I., which closed in 2005.  She enjoys doll research and is a frequent contributor to magazines such as to Doll News, Antique Doll Collector, Doll Reader, Contemporary Doll Collector, and Dolls and many other doll magazines. She is also the author of Cloth Dolls From Ancient To Modern and Doll Values, Antique To Modern 9th Edition, 10th Edition, 11th Edition and soon to be published 12th Edition.  Recipient of the UFDC Award of Excellence for Educational Endeavors Through Dolls in 2006, and the 2009 recipient of the UFDC Award of Excellence for Contributions to Doll News, Linda is currently UFDC First Vice-President, and is looking forward to her tenure as President starting the summer of 2013.

 

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Mary E. Lewis, A Woman With a Vision

by Denise Buese

Denise Buese’s introduction to antique dolls occurred in 1975, when her grandmother presented her with a well-loved A.M. 390, and that was all it took to be hooked. When Denise stopped playing with dolls at the age of 12, she began sewing clothes for her sister’s Barbies, which is really still playing.

Denise has been a member of Verdugo Hills Doll Club since 1992, and has held the position of treasurer for two terms. After earning a BSN in nursing, she worked in NICU and OR before stopping to raise a family of two boys, one of whom is now in college and the other in high school. Happily, she is now freer to indulge her love of sewing for dolls, and is honing her skills at pattern making. Denise’s collection is comprised of mostly French bebes and poupees, but she is interested in learning about other types. In her spare time, Denise enjoys studying the Tudor age and it’s fascinating characters, and when she isn’t sewing, you can usually find her entrenched in a good book.

 

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Persian Dolls

by Carol Helen Rumisek Noel

Bio summary: Dolls, Sewing, Genealogy, Computers and of course UFDC!

I have been a doll enthusiast since infancy. My mum started me on this path. Earliest doll memory is of a cloth doll with plastic mask face. My childhood tiny Betsy McCall has a prime place in my current collection. What a thrill it has been to meet Beth Lewis and her super collection of antique Persian cloth dolls that I have documented in this photo essay, my first published article in Doll News.

Sewing is “second nature” since I learned from my Gramma Helen as a child. The ‘Collectors Guide to Betsy McCall’ by Marci Van Ansdall has two pictures of my tiny Betsy costumes. I have enjoyed entering in the costumed by owner category of doll competitions.

My father came from Velka nad Velickou, Morovia, Czechsolvokia. Researching and recording family history started from a grade school assignment. I was able to travel and meet relatives in the Czech Republic a few years ago. Last year I helped indexing some pages of the 1940 United States census.

I’ve been working in the Information Technology sector since 1968 and am currently employed as an I. T. Coordinator. Work days are varied and engaging.

In 1999, I joined Wayne county doll club of Ohio. The past two years I have served as club treasurer, previously as vice-president and president. During an extended work assignment in Anaheim CA, I was blessed to attend local UFDC meetings at Bea DeArmond’s “Little White House Museum.”  I’ve attended numerous UFDC conventions, some years a delegate for my local chapter. Also enjoy volunteering as clerk in antique competition area. Hope to enter judging training in the future.

 

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Visiting With Margaret Gray Kincaid

by Samy Odin

Samy Odin was born in Torre Pellice, Italy, in 1965. He holds masters degrees in French Language and Literature from the University of Turin and the University of Lyon. He taught French and Italian from 1987 to 1994 in Italy and France.
A doll collector since 1981, Samy Odin is the founder, owner and present director of the Mus̩ée de la Poup̩ée-Paris. He is the author of more than 20 books about antique dolls, as well as articles published in magazines, including Doll News, Antique Doll Collector, Doll Reader, Geppetto, Puppenmagazin, Gildebrief, La Bacchetta Magica, Collections and Ours et Poupées.
As a researcher, Samy is focused on European dolls, doll-related ephemera and documentary material. Sharing a passion for dolls with his father Guido, Samy has also gained knowledge in genres such as paper dolls, Victorian scraps and children’s books illustrated with images pertaining to dolls and toys. Through the Musée de la Poupée-Paris, Samy shares his expertise by giving lectures, seminars, public and private appraisals, guided tours and setting up special doll exhibitions in various institutions in Europe and other countries. He will soon serve as travel escort for groups of collectors visiting European doll destinations.
Samy has been a member of UFDC since 1994 and has attended national conventions since 1999, volunteering as a program presenter, giving seminars and dynamic dialogues, setting up special exhibits, contributing his book Mignonnette for the 2003 souvenir journal, running a sales table, both in the salesroom and at Publisher’s Preview, and speaking for special meal events. In addition, Samy has been judging in the antique competitive exhibits since 2001, along with serving as a roving judge for antique European dolls. He received a UFDC Award of Excellence in 2010. Presently, Samy is regional director of the International Region 16 for the term 2011-2014.

 

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Doll Journeys, Region 2 North Throws a Party

by Maureen Herrod

Maureen has collected dolls her entire life.  Every picture of her from infancy on features her holding a doll and looking at it instead of the camera.  “Now, as a ‘mature’ lady, my taste is about the same, although the dolls that I fixate on cost more.”  Maureen was director for Region 2 South 2010-2012.

 

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The Adventures of Lady Elizabeth

by Gael Shults

Growing up in Gainesville Florida, Gael Shults began her university art education at the U of F, and had previously to that, begun to sell original works locally. Her mother was an artisan and her father an architect, both of whom encouraged her in this field of interest. Gael has continued to sell her original works, which have been exhibited in arts festivals, galleries and museums over the years. Additionally a prominent catalog company sold a set of her limited edition prints, distributing them throughout the US, Canada and Japan. Her early attraction to dolls and her mother’s love of sewing stimulated a life-long interest in both creating and costuming dolls. Designing paper dolls has always been a part of this creative process. Gael, who originally had a difficult time deciding whether to major in art or music has in the end, divided her time between both fields, as well as dabbling in the art of writing, including several works for youth and songwriting. She has won a variety of awards including multiple honors on the local level for her oil paintings, doll making and music. On the international level she has taken grand prizes and first place awards in choir direction and paper doll illustration. Gael has always been greatly energized by teaching the arts to children and has greatly enjoyed directing this award winning children’s choir for nearly ten years. On the hobby level, she loves studying history, especially when it pertains to antique fabrics and dolls, and has become an avid, if not obsessive collector of both.

Gael currently resides in American Fork Utah where she and her husband Tom are winding up their parenting career by raising their two wonderful teenage boys, A few dolls who think they are people, two spotted house cats who think they are gods, and the cutest mini schnauzer puppy ever born. She says that she is beginning to understand why old people treat their pets like babies and currently takes joy in costuming dolls, the puppy and their delightful smattering of grandchildren, usually in that order! The little ones are learning to love dolls just like Nana Gael, and she very much enjoys the fact that their older married children live close by, so that she can pass on this appreciation of dolls to the next generation.

 

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From the Enchanting Trousseau of Chiffonette

by Sylvia MacNeil

Sylvia graduated from the Butera School of Art where she studied fine art and illustration.  She worked as a fashion illustrator in a downtown Boston department store, and was also employed as a greeting card artist and designed display ads for the Yellow Pages.  In 1970 she began collecting antique dolls, and two years later began to sell dolls with a focus on French dolls and accessories.  In 2001 she participated in a special exhibit held at the Musée de la Poupée.  Sylvia never travels to Europe without her sketchbook and camera at hand to do research on original, antique doll clothing and frequents the doll shops, shows, museums, auctions and the private collections throughout Europe.  She both collects and sells 19th century fabric and trims taken from original adult and children’s clothing of the period.

 

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Edith Flack Ackley: A Life Made from Dolls

by Nicki Burley

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Once upon a time, there was a small brown-eyed girl with curly brown hair, who certainly looked ordinary…but inside, she KNEW she was a princess.  She believed with all her heart that you could always tell a princess by her clothing, so she decided to wear a long dress to kindergarten every day.  Her mother was relieved that the princess was willing to go to school at all, so when she marched out the door carrying a lunch bag and backpack and wearing yet another long cotton print nightgown, her mother just smiled and waved.

When the little girl learned to read and write, a new world of magic appeared.  There were more stories in the world than her father could read in a hundred nights!   She told stories to her patient dog, and she told them to her dolls. Though she eventually stopped wearing nightgowns to school, she never outgrew her love of books or dolls.  She spent many blissful weekends at the library, reading all kinds of books: novels and poems, and books on dolls, costume, old houses, miniatures, history, art, or needlework.  One book on a subject always opened the door to many more.

Now that she is all grown up, Nicki Burley and her husband find themselves in a cozy home about 5 miles from where they grew up, happily surrounded by five children, some cats and birds, lots and lots of books, and a growing collection of dolls.  Her youngest two children are homeschooled, and she teaches English literature part-time.  An early pen name she invented, “Jessica Rose Wren,” has recently led to the name of her business, Rose & Wren, which offers finely detailed handmade doll clothing.  You can find her on the web at www.zhibit.biz/roseandwren.

Joining UFDC just a few years ago led to the discovery of yet another magic world: the world of friendship through dolls.  Nicki has met many of her early “doll heroes,” and has attended both local and national events.  After taking her daughters along to help at several events, she realized how much children would enjoy learning more about dolls and having events geared just for them.  In her own region, she plans to help coordinate several young collector events this year.  She is thrilled to be writing again, but she is especially excited to share what she knows and what she loves with children.  All children have stories in their hearts, and need dolls with whom to share them.