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The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind in the land of Strange Dolls. I moved into a gorgeous new studio in a renovated church, had a wild, grand opening party Easter weekend to celebrate the new digs — and then promptly took a journey to re-visit my Southern roots in Mississippi.

The product of all this activity are the newest creations. The Nun Dolls are inspired by my sanctimonious new studio and the Gator Girls by my trip South.

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And a special treat for the people who love the dolls made from bone,
4 new creations from a fresh harvest:

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Enjoy!

I have been working in my studio for a little over a month now and in love with the new space. I do have several new dolls available but perfect photos will have to wait until I get back from vacation (where I currently am). Here is a little tour of the new space (click on the thumbnail for a full slideshow):

Officially moved in and all, I decided it was high time to invite friends in to see my new space and celebrate with me. What could be a better time for a party in a church than Easter weekend? And if we are going to have a Strange Dolls party on Easter weekend then it needs to be a Blasphemy Party. And so it was. I invited everyone to dress up in their best unholy, evil easter bunny, nun/priest get-ups, we imbibed in satanic cupcakes, cakes, sculptural meatloaf… with a side helping of the Body of Christ in wafer and drink form.

Special thanks to The Retinal Exploitation Cooperative who put together an incredible collage of mind blowing visuals (Nunsploitation anyone?) with the perfect occult soundtrack to the night.

That night was the Blood Moon. I couldn’t have planned it better.

Stephen Mease snapped some really artsy photos of the event. He was also responsible for capturing the Art of Horror’s glory this year. Thanks Stephen!

And finally photos that a friend and I snapped (click on the thumbnail for a full slideshow):

Nun dolls coming soon.

Thanks Broken Image Magazine for the sweet 4 page spread and interview. Check out this particular issue (#3) for lots of bloody fashion photography and art. http://www.brokenimagemagazine.com/

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I am very excited to announce that the Strange Dolls studio is relocating. The new location is across the street from a positively quaint funeral home and a few doors down from a beautiful old cemetery. What could make it better? My new location will be in a renovated church.

A local web company, Earth Logic, recently purchased the building and is renovating it into their company base – as well as creating studio spaces for artists and designers. They retained all of the architectural elements with a few incredible enhancements like a game room/theatre room, a full blown kitchen with espresso machine, and now a little dollmaker and all of her sacrilegious imagery and statuary.

While the building has been a Masonic temple and a Unitarian Church at one time, the Baptist denomination spent the majority of their time there. Now, I grew up a Southern Baptist preacher’s kid. The irony is not lost on me.

I am heartbroken to be leaving my family of friends at SPACE Gallery (where I have worked for 6 years!) but with a private place to create I will be at SPACE to play. I will also continue to show work at SPACE Gallery and – of course – the Art of Horror will continue to take place each year.

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FOR ONE WEEK ONLY

STUDIO SALE ONLINE

Special new bone dolls as well as reduced prices on dolls, jewelry, prints.

Purchase from this page: www.strangedolls.net to take advantage of all sale prices.

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STUDIO SALE

Friday, Feb 6
5:30 – 9:00 pm
(during First Friday Art Walk)
&
Saturday, Feb 7
12:00 – 5:00 pm

Reduced prices on all dolls, jewelry, prints and some supplies.

The Strange Dolls studio is currently located within
SPACE Gallery
266 Pine Street, Suite 105
Burlington, VT 05401
thru the end of February, then I am relocating to a new studio space. Details soon!

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Lankton is a huge inspiration for me as a doll artist and I was really delighted to have the opportunity to see the retrospective this month at Participant Gallery.

Her life is just as fascinating as her work and I so appreciated that the curators reflected the importance of both in the exhibition. The center of the gallery held the collection of doll work in acrylic cases so you could examine them from every possible angle (thank you curators!!!). Surrounding the work were gorgeous fashion photos of Lankton – the way she wants us to see her, combined with horrific and very intimate sketchbook tear sheets about the process of sexual reassignment surgery, and 2 small video installations: one hilariously frivolous, the other incredibly dark and imbued with a heavy political sentiment.

My favorite touch were the curio cabinets that lined the back walls, filled with mementos from her life.

Resources:
participantinc.org
Greer Lankton Wiki
New York Times review of the show

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