Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to All. The Darling Divas/Friends want to say thank you for stopping by our blog and checking up on us. We hope/pray that all is well with you/yours and we'll see you in the New Year.

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Hip And Hot Holiday Happening Update.

Greeting All,
Well the Divas/Friend survived another outing and we well received, but no one found a new housemate. However we do have a sideshow of the wonderful Faie African Art Gallery new location and we had a grand ole time. We shall have our annual show/sale a Hand Works Studio/Gallery in our new location this coming weekend on the 17th and 18th. We shall keep you posted and enjoy the sideshow.







Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Hip and Hot Holiday Happening



Greetings All,
A HIP AND HOT HOLIDAY HAPPENING!
Please join us at the new Faie!
1005 E. 43rd St.

Sunday, December 11
From Noon until Six pm
Start or finish your holiday shopping with a cultural vibe!!!

Come select your holiday gifts from the finest collection of African Diasporic Art in Chicago and shop with one of our featured guests for the day…

Dobson Products of Chicago
Itiah! Cultural gifts with a Caribbean flair
Amazing handpainted light switch covers by Pearlie Taylor
…and the Divas/Friends

Arthur Wright will be in the house creating pen and ink portraits!!! Appointments are advisable for your portrait sitting.

For more info 773-268-2889
www.faieafricakanart.com

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Moving On Update.

Greetings All,


The "Darling Divas/Friends" are moving to the east-side of Garfield Park and we have been busy packing, throwing away and giving away. It has been a long haul, but I lost my home to foreclosure, but we are moving to the "Switching Station Artist Lofts". Our new space is all about arts, actors, dancers, musician, painters, writers, etc. Creativity flows throughout and I'm excited about the possibilities of where this part of the journey called life is going to take me.



In 1999, the City of Chicago invited Artspace to determine the merits of a potential live/work project in the Garfield Park neighborhood on the city's West Side. The focus of the investigation was the Roentgen School, built in 1906 as a telephone switching station. With its high ceilings, large windows, and central courtyard, the Roentgen was an ideal candidate for Artspace's first Chicago project.

Four years and $5.3 million later, the Roentgen School reopened as the Switching Station Artist Lofts. The building wraps entirely around its paved courtyard, which serves residents as a private gathering place and a safe play area for children. Other amenities include off-street parking, a fenced-in play area on the building's sunny south side, and a lower level suitable for meetings and other events. Apartments on the building's upper floors afford fine views of Garfield Park to the north and the downtown Chicago skyline to the east.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Update

Greetings All,


Here's an update on the Darling Divas/Friends. Janira (left), Rob (center), and Lark (right) are down state at the Southern Illinois Artisans Shop in Whittington, IL at 14967 Gun Creek Trail. They are looking for new housemates and we shall keep you posted. So if you are in the Whittington area stop by and check them out.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Road Trips

Greetings All,


It's been a while since I've posted, I've been busy with life, looking for a job to support the artist. It has not been a very successful journey thus far, but it's vending time. Last month we went out and there where no new collecters, plus it was also cold/raining.


I did however met with some other creative sister/friends and it was good seeing Steff (left) and Connie (right) from our old doll club. It has been more than two years and we've all made it to the next level. Connie brought along some of her friends and we all just had a great time catching up and breaking bread together.























This coming weekend (18th & 19th) we will be going out to the to the "7th Annual Lake Meadows Art Fair". This year they will be presenting "Her Legacy A Tribute To Dr. Margaret Burroughs". Dr Burroughs is the co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History and amazing artist We will be at: Lake Meadows Shopping Center, 35th Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, IL 60616 for 11am until 8 pm each day and if you are in the area, do stop by and say hello there will be plenty of good art, good music and great people. I hope to see you there.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Akosua Update

Greetings All, Akosua has left the building. I got an email from her yesterday and a photo of her in her new environment, with her new IPod. She looks like she's gloating. I don't own an IPod.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Meet Blondean

Greetings All, Here's "Blondean" my latest "Diva". Blond is named after one of my aunts, who I thought as a child was the best aunt ever. She played with us, sangs to us, and she baked things that we loved. She was just like one of us kids, but just bigger. And yes this diva has on purple boots. I love making the boots and I have one more pair of purple boots to make, until all the purple vinyl is gone, so relax and enjoy. The rest of the group of "Darling Divas/Friends" are all excited about our outing this Saturday at the Walter Payton Cancer Fund annual 17th Crafts/Handmade event in Evanston, IL.






Sunday, March 27, 2011

Meet Zuri

Greetings All, For the last two weeks I've been working on three divas at the same time, and here is my latest, "Zuri". Zuri is name in honor of those wonderful women of the "Zuri Quilting Circle" in Nashville, TN. According to Babynology, the name means sun princess and goddess of the the sun, in Japanese. In Hebrew it means "My rock" and I like that. It also means in Swahili, beautiful and that she is. She's dressed in an abstract print striped, drop-waisted dress. She's also wearing a purple wrapped belt and matching knee-high boots.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Meet Vasthi and Road Trip

Greetings All,
I would like for you meet my latest "Diva" Vashti who's dressed in a 2-pcs. satin pajama set under her silk robe with matching sandals. Vashti was the wife of King Ahasuerus and is mention in the Book of Esther of the Old Testament. In the Talmud from Jerusalem she is also and often viewed as an independent-minded heroine in the feminist interpretations of the Purim story and also called a villain. You decide, but you know that I think that she's a darling;-}
The "Darling Divas/Friends" are preparing to attend the 17th Annual Crafts & Hand-Made Show Co-Hosted by: Walter Payton Cancer Fund Evanston Team. When you ask? Saturday, April 2, 2011 9-2 pm at the
Y.W.C.A. Evanston, 1215 Church Street Evanston, IL 60201. Free admission, so if you are in the area do stop by and say hello.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Road Trip/Cultural Connections

Greetings All,
Well we've rested from our road-trip this past weekend, unpacked, and some of our Divas have moved on, while other are in the waiting room anticipating their up coming new journeys. Below is Eureka (left) and her new housemate Arlanda (right), they will be residing on the far south-side, and both are very happy with the arrangement. Don't they look like family?






Artist Carolyn Elaine of "Studio Elaine Mosaic" (below left) and I where just hanging out talking, when this brother approached us, and asked to take our picture, so I wanted one of the blog. Two Divas hanging out with the "Darling Divas/Friends";-)
















I love taking pictures of people and when I asked them, they wanted to take their pictures with the "Darlings" and so I clicked away. My quilting sister/friend, Dorothy Burg (below) came by and I asked to take her picture, well she posed with Valentine Jones and Janira just laid back and swooned. Valentine is on her way to Georgia to reside with Stacey Brown.

I don't remember this lovely person (right) name, but I asked to photograph her and she posed with the the "Divas/Friends". I also know that this live diva was from the group that came from Columbus, Ohio called "Champagne & Grits Studio". They create wonderful wearable art. Notice her jacket/hat.








Akosua (below center) is in the waiting room waiting to move to Hazelcrest, IL later this year, Obadiah-servant of God, is on his way to Georgia with Joyce Lomax, and Sojourner is gone to Calumet City, IL to co-habit with her new housemates. The "Darling Divas/Friends" are on the move.

Customizing Doll Patterns

Monday, March 7, 2011

Making Kanika's Black Doll Figurines

Greetings All,
The Darling Divas/Friends are gearing up for a road-trip this weekend. We will be at the Cultural Connection African Market Place and Bazaar at:
Dixon Elementary School
8603 S. St Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60619
Friday, March 11th from 11am til 8pm
Saturday, March 12th from 9am til 7pm
So if you are in the area, do stop by and say hello.



And this weeks video features artist Kanika. Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Meet Enoch and Road Trip

Greetings All,
Meet Enoch (below center), "a man that walked with God". I don't know why my latest male dolls have these biblical names, but I'm not shying away from them. Enoch was my first beard and it will not be the last. I love men with hair on their faces and I guess that it's showing here with Brother Enoch.
On Sunday I went to the "Walking To Success: An Anthology of Black History" celebration at Loyola Park Fieldhouse. I took several of the Darling Divas/Friends with me and you know that they where a big hit as always. I also got a proposal that "Sojourner" (left) and "Kadijah" (right) come to the city of Calumet, IL to live later this year and now they are hanging out in the transition lounge awaiting their departure.





Monday, February 28, 2011

The Ethiopian Queen - Ethnic Collector Dolls

Greetings All,

This week's video is of the Ethiopian Queen doll collector. Enjoy.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Meet Obadiah

Greetings All,
Meet "Obadiah" servant of Yahweh. This is my latest male friend of the "Darling Divas". I don't make many males because I like dressing the "Divas", but people ask all the time if I make any. I had two doll left in the group that I had cut/sewn, but had not stuffed or dressed and thought why not make them into men so "Rob", the only male that I have would not be alone. The shirt fabric is some of that wonderful fabric by artist/designer/activist Kweli Kitwana and do check her out at: www.africanamericanfabrics.com



 
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Friday, February 18, 2011

Latest Diva - Kweli

Greetings All,
This is my latest diva Kweli who's named after artist, designer, and activist Kweli Kitwana. Kitwana created the fabrics that Kweli is dressed in and the fabrics that i used in the background of this photo. She has a wonderful line of fabrics and you can judge for yourselves at: http://www.africanamericanfabrics.com/

Monday, February 14, 2011

Akosua and Powertex

Greetings All,
This weeks diva is "Akosua" and that name means born on Sunday. She is also wearing my 1st pair of boots with soles. You know that I will be making more boots.







Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Meet Kadijah

Greetings All,
This week's Darling Diva is Kadijah. She name after the television shows character Khadijah James on "Living Single" who was played by Queen Latifah. My Kadijah name is spelled different and I am aware of that. I should have looked before I signed her.

Kadijah is dressed in purple iridescence silk pajama's with matching slippers. She also has on a long vest of African Wax printed cotton and her necklace and earrings are made of glass beads that was a gift of a dear friend.

I shall attempt to create a "Diva" each week until I go out venting later this month and next. You know that I will post if I have anything to post and I still love watching Living Single. See you later and enjoy Kadijah.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Janira

Greetings All,
Meet Janira who is the latest "Darling Divas". Janira is wearing emerald green long gown with matching sandals. She is also wrapped in a green, gold, and black African Wax print stole. She looks just like a diva for sure in all her green and gold. Cool, clam, and collected.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Blizzard 2011

Greetings All,

One Catalpa down and two still standing. Anyone got a chain saw? It's a good day to stay in doors.









Sunday, January 30, 2011

Divas On The Move & "Masai" Powertex

Greetings All,

Saffornia (left) and Cece (below right) have found new house-mates and have moved on. Saffornia is now residing with Susan Trice on the south-east side of Chicago and Cece has moved to the far south suburbs to Olympia Field, IL with Cece and Preston Bowe.


I had dinner with Saffornia and friends at her new home and she just sat there so contently waiting for rooms to be prepared. She's such a diva.




Cece on the other hand had her had her house-mate to give me a call last night to say that she was very happy in her new home. I will get to visit later in the year and check out her new environment.




Below is a video on a product that I plan to try and thought that I would share it with my viewers. I hope that you find it as informative as I did. Enjoy;-)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Eureka

Greetings All,
Here is "Eureka" she's my latest diva. I have been working on her for the last two weeks and she's finished. She wearing a garment that was created for an earlier diva who found a new home and that caretaker want her dressed in red/black. So I could not let a good outfit go to waste. I think that if fits Eureka better and I had not planned it that way, it just happened. She looks so serene sitting amongst the plants.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Latest Divas

Greetings All,
It's been a while, but I have been busy with my art quilt world. I have been able to complete two divas. Meet Cece (below) who's dressed in a hand dyed cotton jumpsuit pajama with long robe lined is the same fabric as the jumpsuit. She's also wearing matching sandals.
Below is Sojourner and she's wearing a pajama jumpsuit in black lace with a short lace matching shrug and sandals. I also added a sequince and rhinstone choker. These divas are lounging and enjoying their day and I hope that you enjoy looking at them.