Wishing you all a happy and blessed holiday season!
Model: OOAK Poppy Parker by Matt Sutton
Just a note of explanation to start of the rest of the blog posts from this amazing festival. Rogier and I work well together as a team. For the past year I have reported for him while he was at European conventions and he has reported for me while I was attending the events in the US. It is a brilliant system. We learned quickly that when we are both attending the same event….not so brilliant of a system. We apologize for the lateness of these reports as the festival ended less than a week ago but it was simply too busy to edit the images and report on events in a timely manner. Added to that….I had to go and catch the plague.
Now that I can breath again without hacking up a lung, We can finally report on events. Thank you all for being patient and understanding.
Now, at the opening gala of this festival, attendees were also able to view all of the amazing live auction items that would be available to bid on at Friday nights dinner.
Entry from Julia Lapshova of Julia’s Originals
From Judy O’Connel of Aponi Designs
From Matt Sutton
From Carlyle Neura of Mattel
From Magia 2000
And from the team of friends Rogier Corbeau of Dutch Fashion Doll World, Hilda Westervelt of Bellissima Couture and Rebecca Berry of Inside The Fashion Doll Studio… a diorama of one of our favorite places!
–More coming of the sales room sneak peek….
On Wednesday evening they had the first official convention event. It was the Groovy Gallery Opening reception where they had the silence auction.
And wow, there were so many great items this year in that auction.
During the event there was an artist live painting a barbie portrait.
And I’m very curious about the donation by Robert Best.
It was a card that said you have to bring it after next Saturday’s Dinner….
What could it be… a doll, sketch…. We will find out soon 😉
Here some pictures of the item in the silence auction.
During this event the live auction dolls were also on display.
I love this doll from my fellow blogger Tommy Courtney.
Her name is The Pink Queen.
And look at this lady made by Matt Sutton
Isn’t she just perfection !!!
And then the creation of Magia2000.
Her name is Silver Film Noir. and she is a dedication to the National Barbie Convention doll that the guys created 10 years ago.
I’m sure these dolls will raise some good $$$ for charity.
An other artist that opened his door yesterday was Matt Sutton. Rebecca send me so many gorgeous pictures from his creations. I just don’t know were to start.
Here a few of my favorites (when I’m typing this I know I probably post them all because they are all favorites)
I love this girl. She remind me of Evie from the BBC serie The House of Eliots.
And this pink with black lace gown is just to die for.
And what do you think of her. A raven in a black and white polkadot gown, can it get any better then this.
2016 is an amazing year for the Matt Sutton fans.
And after the show its tradition that the Matt Sutton fans come together in hotel bar to enjoy each other dolls while drinking cocktails to celebrate.
What a perfect way to end the day.
for more information about Matt Sutton’s creations:
Raffles and Workshops
I spent the afternoon looking at amazing raffle items competition entries. There are so many creative and talented collectors at this convention.
Competition entries for diorama:
Competition entries for design:
My favorite, a beautiful creation by my dear friend Hilda of Bellissima Couture
Incredible OOAK Raffle items:
Where all my raffle tickets went….. An amazing OOAK Victoire by Chris Stoekel.
My daughter and I also took an informative and hands on workshop with Matt Sutton where we all learned how to repaint Poppy’s face.
Many of us ( myself included) decided to just practice on paper instead of the doll. I had the pleasure of sitting next to the witty and talented John P. in this class.
When the workshop was over, it was time to get ready for dinner and another fabulous centerpiece doll to drool over…… Day Two, Part III coming up shortly.
The Italian Doll Convention is a little over a week away and they are auctioning off some stunning OOAK’s to help support a local charity. 100% of the profits from these auctions will go to Casa Oz, a non profit organization that helps provide care to seriously ill children and their families. Here are just a few of the amazing items up for auction.
** photos are courtesy of the Italian Doll Convention**
For the whole list of auction items available, go to Italian Doll Convention Ebay auctions. Also, for a much more comprehensive write-up on these auction items, head on over to Rogier’s blog at http://dutchbarbieworld.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/charity-auction-italian-doll-convention/
Went to a very informative and fun hair styling class by Matt Sutton. So often in life a class can be elevated by the people you get to take it with. I was lucky enough to take this class with some of my table mates Jenny and Deb. They took a good class up to a stellar class with their humor and willingness to have fun.
Lisa joined us for the last bit as well….
Now people…that is a fun group of ladies!!
In Matt’s class we learned how to tie the perfect bow. It’s not as easy as it seems! We also learned how to do the cutest hairstyle on our Poppy doll.
After Matt’s class, it was time to go to the WClub lunch. I think this was the best doll lunch I have ever been to….I will explain. We walked in and saw the most gorgeous centerpiece doll on the table.
Escapism Elise Jolie FR2
My first thought was….”who am I going to have to kill to get this centerpiece doll?”. I am not proud of that thought but I am being honest LOL! I absolutely loved her! They asked us to count off numbers so they could draw to find out who won the right to purchase her and I’m thinking “ Who am I going to have to kill if I don’t get picked”….yes I really need to see someone about this doll addiction of mine. Then…they tell us we can all purchase if we want to. YES!!! I don’t have to kill anyone!!!! So happy to be bringing this lady home.
Then..they brought Chris Stoekel up on the stage. He is the designer for Victoire. Hilda and I suddenly pay more attention to what is going on up on the stage. They show pictures of new Victoire.
Saint Tropez Victoire Roux
**Pictures are property of Integrity Toys**
As I pull out my cell phone to let me dealer know I WANT HER, they tell us we can all purchase one if we want. AHHHHHHH! We also received the most amazing box of FR2 shoes sets I have ever seen. They even came with their own little white shoe bags. Heaven!
BEST doll lunch EVER!!
Here is the accumulation for lunch alone.
More photos on my flickr. Final Gala dinner is in a few hours where the convention doll will be revealed. I have absolutely no idea who it will be. I was sure it was going to be Agnes but we already had her as a centerpiece doll. They just love to keep us guessing. There may be a convention gift set as well. Doll overload here I come!!
So…after my morning cup of Joe…it was off to the races. I went in search of registration and the place to pick up my workshop dolls. I signed up for two classes.
Here is what we received in our registration bags. It looks like we may be getting another giftset this year!!! The accessories are GORGEOUS!
After Registration, it was time to get in line and wait for the sales room to open.
Many choose to view this 4-5 hour wait ( some people were reportedly in line since 4AM!! ) as a time to socialize and visit with friends. There is a general party like atmosphere and today the time went incredibly fast for me because I was able to spend time with some of my favorite people like…
OOAK artist Matt Sutton and Hilda of Bellissima Couture
Some people are very productive with their time in line and they work on table gifts and fill out raffle tickets
But not me….I just talked….the entire time LOL! Oh and took and uploaded photos to my flickr account. While we were waiting, Integrity Toys put the convention collection on display
Haute Société Véronique Perrin Dressed Doll
Main Event Adèle Makéda Dressed Doll
Peak Season Kyori Sato Dressed Doll
Sweet Victory Natalia Fatale Dressed Doll
Hot Dots Poppy Parker Dressed Doll
Lady in Red Erin S. Dressed Doll
All in White Now Collette D. Dressed Doll
Infallible Dasha FR: Squared Dressed Doll
More closeups are on my flickr.
In our registration packets, we had a coupon for one “Place Vendome” Victoire Roux. Hooray!! When I saw her…my jaw dropped. I couldn’t buy this lady fast enough!
And the running total so far is….
And we have not even gone to the first dinner event yet. More later on that.
Typically, the last evening of convention there is a final dinner and you receive the official convention doll. At this years convention, as it was Ken’s 50th anniversary, we received a doll set. A beautifully designed and crafted Barbie and Ken set designed by the very talented Matt Sutton and Matt Trujillo. I just can’t say enough about this pair of gentleman….LOVE YOU GUYS!
Here is a quote from Matt Sutton about the inspiration and ideas behind the dolls….
“They weren’t designed as “formal”– the thought expressed to us was that they were a young couple in 1961 in Ft Lauderdale, went to a lovely dinner, and found themselves taking a long romantic walk on the beach at night. It’s dinner jacket and party dress, not tux and ballgown. Matching ties and/or a cummerbund seemed too “formal” and “prom”, which wasn’t the esthetic we were going for. Plus we loved the idea that she was dressing in “his” color (the aqua) as a tribute to him, vs the matchy matchy…
We actually did a TON of research for the era, and made sure things were as accurate as possible, and still within our design sense. Ken’s jacket– did you notice his little gold cufflinks? (another subtle homage to the 50th) Her dress is very much of the era, and the sash is sort of a signature of mine– again, the aqua is Barbie paying tribute to her main squeeze. ^_^”
Still in the box…..
And…..out of the box and in the studio………..