Update for this event Thursday, September 13. 1. My friend and facepainting partner, LilyKoi Designs has been ordered by her doctors to avoid MSC exposure for a couple months due to ongoing health problems. She has been forced to withdraw as an instructor from our event for this reason. (However, she is negotiating with them to see if she can attend and "serve coffee" LOL). I wish Nina the best for a swift recovery. She always uses appropriate safeguards with this sealant, but she says she has developed a sensitivity to the chemicals. She will return within a couple months, when she has recovered. 2. I am pleased to announce that SDink will replace LilyKoi Designs as an instructor at our event. Cheryl is a wonderful talent, and was one of LilyKoi's choices as her replacement. We are so grateful to Cheryl for her generosity. She will be demonstrating the airbrush technique she uses, as well as allowing attendees to use her airbrush at the event to work on their dolls, with her help. What an exciting opportunity awaits everyone, so please look forward to it. To see the work of SDink, please go here. 3. We have another addition to our line up. On Sunday's facepainting event, we are excited to announce Yamamuratatsuya will attend as our first "Apprentice Instructor." The Apprentice Instructor will attend in order to assist the other instructors during their presentations, provide students in the class with individual help during the classes as needed, as well as gain experience in order to be a solo instructor some day. To see Yamamuratatsuya's work on DOA, please go here. 4. We have chosen our two scholarship winners, and when we have their permission to give out their names, we will make an announcement. One scholarship has not been claimed yet, and this is why I have not contacted any of the other applicants. An unclaimed scholarship will go to another applicant, if necessary, but we are waiting for a reply now. Thanks for your understanding. We had a lot of applications, and it was a very hard decision. If you were not picked this time, please don't think you aren't any good. There was so much amazing work, it was a difficult choice. So congratulations to everyone on your beautiful work. Catrina (post continues from original posting, with appropriate edits due to above changes) We have formed the "International Association for BJD Artists" to promote ball-jointed doll making artistry by organizing workshops and retreats for doll artists. The International Association for Ball Jointed Doll Artists is a newly-formed organization. It is sponsored as a service to support and promote independent doll artists internationally. Our group has no political statement and promotes no individual company or country associated with dollmaking. And that being said, we are having our first event October 12-14, 2007 We are offering two full scholarships to both events. Please read to the end for more info. BJD Artist Workshop Retreat 2007 October 12 – 14, 2007 Olmsted Falls, Ohio October 12- Private Expo Arriving artists will convene at the workshop center in the afternoon, bringing some of their favorite project dolls to share and discuss. The workshop will be presented in a convention center with a wooden deck overlooking a spectacular autumn river scene with waterfalls. Buffet dinner served until 8pm. October 13 TWIGLING from Australia "Making Dolls with Articulated & Poseable Ball-Joints" Join Therese Olsen of Australia, who will be presenting her story of making innovative TwigLimbs ball-jointed dolls, followed by a hands-on workshop for artists who’d like to learn how to make their own ball-jointed dolls. Whether you are a beginner, or an established artist wanting to learn advanced double-jointing, this will be a valuable and exciting experience. _____________________________________ All day, with snacks and lunch provided $150 full day fee. Materials list provided, or materials available for purchase at workshop for nominal fee _____________________________________ October 14 "Customizing with Facepainting and Tattooing"- Full Day Artist-instructors: SDINK; CALI- USA MORBIDOLLZ; MONTREAL- CANADA PAUL PHAM OF DOLLCIS; D.C- USA BELLADONNA; MONTREAL-CANADA Apprentice Instructor: YAMAMURATATSUYA; MASS- USA A full day of facepainting and tattooing technique with some of the most creative minds in the BJD world. Each artist will present a style from start to finish in a two hour block. Students can follow along with their own blank dolls, or purchase inexpensive vinyl practice heads. After each session, continue your project with the artist mentor, or move to work on the next project. ________________________________________ All day, with snacks and lunch provided $150 full day fee Materials list provided if you wish to purchase supplies ahead of the event, or we will have supplies available at the event for purchase at a nominal cost. Please bring your own blank resin head or heads for practice, or you can purchase vinyl practice heads at the event for $20 each. ________________________________________ Basic Information: Our mission with this private event is to allow artists to learn from each other, gain peer support, and further their creativity in a supportive and beautiful setting. Registration- please go to www.bjdartists.com We have only ten slots left for both days. Please email us with your info, and we will contact you by September 5 to let you know if you are registered. We will give preference to those who register for both days, due to the difficulty of balancing attendance between the two days. ________________________________________ Scholarship Information We will be selecting two winners for full scholarships (to cover both Saturday and Sunday workshops). Criteria for selection: 1. You must be free to attend both Saturday, October 13- Sunday October 14 events. 2. Please send us a selection of your work by email or mail. Emailed and mailed entries must be received by September 10, 2007. Winners will be selected and announced on September 12, 2007. 3. Scholarships are not transferrable. 4. Judges' decisions are final. We hope to offer more future events, with scholarships. If you absolutely must attend, we urge you to make a normal paid registration. To enter the scholarship competition: 1. Please send us samples of your best work in either .JPG, .GIF or TIFF formats to: firstname.lastname@example.org Note: we will not use your samples for any other reason other than for judging the competition. We will not exhibit them or display them for any reason. The designs and images will remain your property. We cannot return any printed materials you send or be responsible for master copies of prints. Also include the following information: Your name: Address: City/State/Zip Country Your DOA nick: Tell us about your BJD art, and why you would like this opportunity: Please confirm you can attend on these dates: To send your application by mail, please send the above info along with printed examples of your work. Please do not send samples of actual dolls or sculptures. Photos will be fine. But please remember we still need these by September 10. BJD Artists Association c/o Dollfair International 8072 Columbia Road Olmsted Falls, Ohio 44138 USA No Exceptions: Minors from out of state, or out of the USA (under age eighteen) must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. Minors from state of Ohio may be dropped off by parent or legal guardian with a signed permit. Let us know if you have questions and we will try our best to answer. Thanks.