Saturday, July 11, 2009

Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy

I wrote about my involvement in this show a while back, when my custom Kokeshi was just a "work in progress", but now she's a full fledged Art Toy, kicking back with over a hundred of the most beautiful works of art I've ever seen... or played with. 

The show "Custom Kokeshi 2009" Showcases artists from all over the world, and further explores the idea of the art toy/doll, that so many of us Indie Crafters, Fine Crafters and Artists are so intrigued by. The show is part of a larger show about Kokeshi, being sponsored by the Japanese American National Museum, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Toy, Doll & Amusements Museum. And while it may be the other side of the country for many of us, if you're planning on being out in California anytime between now and October 4th, I would highly recommend paying it a visit. 

For those of you a little closer to home, I can finally reveal my submission to the show. Her name is BlueBearrow. 

to see more of the show, including group shots and close ups, check out the Curator (Christina Conway)'s blog!


shellydaly said...

Dana...OMG...I love your...soul! Blue Bearrow is soooo truly wonderful! Is there a website to see all the submissions?

BEST BLOG said...

yes! (sort of)... go to Christina Conway (the curator)'s blog and see a group pic and a bunch of sneak peeks----

Yummy and Company said...

wow! i love your Kokeshi! what a great group of talent in the show!!!

Maria said...

All the Custom Kokeshi are online at Check out the LATDA Museum site ( for more info and photos (soon!) of the opening reception!

shellydaly said...

thank you...the kokeshi's are a revelation!