Miss Gioia

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Mimi's Doll Workshop

When I traveled to the States a few weeks ago, I had the great luck to be able to run to Boston for one of Mimi's doll workshops. It was such a lovely day. There were eight of us learning, and we all had a blast digging through Mimi's scraps of wool and ribbon and deciding which baby to make. Her studio is incredible, filled with all of these amazing cloth dolls from her earlier dollmaking periods and lots of works in progress.

Earlier that day, I had a conversation with Chris about the workshop. I told him that, for me at least, the workshop was really a chance to learn some new techniques and to see and be inspired by Mimi's work. Chris said - No way! You are there to make and come home with a new baby! Indeed, I was. Chris was very pleased to see me arrive back in Beijing with the swaddled baby pictured above.

It was a great time. If you are near to Boston, I encourage you to stop in for her next workshop, whenever that may be.



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