Posts Tagged ‘barbie redux art doll’

Voodoo Barbie

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

By Mavis Leahy


Mavis altered four Barbies, she says this one is her favorite and I can see why!

A roll of the Dice

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Right now the Barbie dolls are all about the pink and the black and the white.

This one can stand without a stand, she is fully jointed and poseable, my fav type Barbie to alter. She is standing on a paper mache bowl

If you are local and were considering the workshop, its this sat!

The workshop is Sat. June the 27th in my studio at home, 11:00 to 3:00 or when people are done, I will provide lunch and a Barbie if needed or people can bring their own. I will have all the supplies needed. the fee is 60.00 for one person or 50.00 each for two, if you bring a friend. The fee is payable by check or cash at the ten women gallery or by mail, or by paypal. Taking the workshop means your piece will be in the Barbie Redux exhibit (if you want), and you are not required to pay the 10.00 entrance fee for that. Email me if you have any questions and for more info.

Let Them eat Cake!

Monday, June 15th, 2009

The Queen of France

the queen of France Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

marie antoinette

Marie was not hard to make but a little tedious (I am not a big fan of sewing or small bead work) Her dress is an altered dress, since my sewing skills and lack of sewing machine prevent me from making one from “scratch”, still its altered quite a lot from the original and works well as a big dress for that time in history.

I have another Marie in mind, to be made from paper mache, a medium I am more comfortable with than fabric, although I like fabric as a paintable moldable medium that isn’t sewn.

I’m trying to finish up a couple of Octopi for The Folk Tree show in July.

Today, I treat myself to a hair cut, its been about six months and over do ! =D

The Remake and Take

Monday, May 18th, 2009

The Barbie workshop was held in the parking lot of the Ten Women Gallery and it was very busy with people streaming through all day at a steady pace. While I did the Barbie thing, another member demo’d voodoo dolls and another member did henna and face painting.

The weather was overcast and very humid making the Barbie drying time much longer, still we managed, a few gallery members and a few people from the community participated.

One of the women who took the workshop (Dagmar) is a liason (sp?) for the German furniture company “Vitra”. Vitra makes designer chairs by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, and Charles and Ray Eames. They also make miniature versions that are the perfect size for Barbies! and Dagmar offered to lend me some for the exhibit in August.  Take a look at them they are gorgeous!!! 😀


I also met a guy who works as a Barbie designer for Mattel! Yes way! 😀 I asked him if he could design a Barbie with paintable legs because paint does not adhere well to the rubber, he said just rough it up with sand paper, so I will give that a try. Still, I think it is a good idea to create Barbie blanks for people to do their own thing, like munnys. I told him that someone had said to me “I was going to burn in Mattel hell for what I have been doing to Barbie, but (keep it up)” and he, Jeff said, oh no, Mattel loves it whenever anything happens around Barbie. And he said that he would be coming to the opening reception for the exhibit and bring some of his colleagues as well 😀

I brought supplies so people could either make the white cat Barbie or the black cat Barbie since I thought for sure they would want step by step instructions, but not one person made a cat! they just did their own thing!

This is Deborah with her wild  Barbie~~

Outione with her Barbie

Cola, doing henna

Black “Jellicle” cat

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Lets Play Barbies

Saturday, May 16th, 2009


Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Barbarina, dreamed of being a prima ballerina. But, she had two left feet.

Petunia The Beauty Queen

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

She didn’t want to make her friends jealous, but she coudn’t help that she had

been born with natural good looks

Petunia with giant Munny and this little piggy

Help us

Friday, May 8th, 2009

These boobied Barbies are leaving their perfect plastic stepford wive lives behind. The change is necessary.

Brainiac Barbie on a vespa

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Uh oh, its Pinky, the mental giant, what the heck does she want?

I made Vespa Barbie’s outfit with a sock of mine. I cut it in half, and cut out holes on the sides for the arms, no sewing involved, and she is too cool for school!