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Monday, March 30, 2020

What's the Buzz? Beekeeping and Dolls!

In his classic Dolls and Puppets, Max von Boehn includes human shaped bee hives that are life-sized among this explorations of the word "doll."  Of course, there are other links, but some may surprise  you.  Sylvia Plath was interested in beekeeping and she wrote poems about bees.  Plath also collected paper dolls; her collection is part of her papers, housed in The Lilly Library.  Her body of work includes a poem or two about other dolls and manikins, too.

Of course, there are plush bees, and Anne Geddes inspired dolls of babies dressed as bee, Bee Keeping Barbie, and a bee keeping Our Generation doll.

One brand of honey is sold in a little bear shaped bottle, which I love to save.

Then there is artist Rob Keller of the Napa Valley Bee Company, www.napavalleybeecompany.com.

Keller takes care over one hundred sustainable bee colonies.  In one, he created a "mummified" queen bee inside a plush toy bee.  He often uses plastic toys in beehives; the bees surround them and build tiny "rooms" or mini hives.  They didn't like one statue of a plastic cow and fence and kept knocking down the toy.  In one really relevant work, Keller built  hive inside a Victorian doll house to show the necessary interconnection between humans and bees.   According to author Sarah Trigg, "he was simply looking for a way to seal three dimensional objects when he started placing them in beehives" (Studio Life 245).

For more, see Trigg's Studio Life; Rituals, Collections, Tools, and Observations on the Artistic Process.  You'd be surprised how many of the artists surveyed also collected toys and doll objects as part of their process.  Most were male artists, but there are women, too.  All are collectors of something, some objects will surprise you.  All will inspire you.  Like Rembrandt and Joseph Cornell, these artists used their collections as inspiration for their art.

For an enjoyable  read, try The Secret Life of Bees, and for research, look up the work Otto Plath did on bees and other subjects; he was Sylvia's father.  Of course, Plath's work is awesome, too.

If you think about it, it makes sense.  Dolls and bees both inhabit miniature worlds, albeit in different scales.
Honey Please - ReusableArt.com

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Keep Smiling!

If ever we needed Shirley Temple, we need her optimism and sunny smile, now.  Yet, we can remember her, and other friends and family no longer with us by smiling in the face of this adversity, and by having hope.  I see the signs of hope; a fat robin the other day, two doves sleeping on the curb yesterday, late afternoon on a peaceful evening.   The occasional blue sky.

It is hard.  My anxiety is caused by the reactions of others.  Panicked buying, very slow restocking, crowds where there shouldn't be.  The rumors, of course.  I'd like to say welcome to the People's Republic of Illinois.  We are blessed, because we have maybe one case in a community of nearly 400,000, yet we are still enduring restrictions, fear, and shortages.  My family in California has it much worse.  My friends across the world can't step out of their homes.  I guess it's all relative, no puns.  So far, God willing, we are all healthy,  Yet, it's hard not to feel like we've all been cast in The Walking Dead.

The Museum, of course, is closed, shortly after it has been opened, and our plans are slowed down re our new location.  Everyone we need to work with on it is closed, but it will happen.  We're just delayed.

Her are some new doll pictures of museum citizens to make you all smile, and to amuse you in quarantine, self imposed or otherwise.  In this case, I thank God for technology which keeps us connected.

Try to check on your remote friends and family, even a text helps.  Stay Healthy, and God Bless!

Brooke by Heritage Galleries.  My mother promised her to me twenty+ years ago when
I graduated school.  She was in a store in Nashville, IL, part of an old Hotel, and full of
Dolls.  She was expensive then, and we just didn't make it back to get her.  Then I  lost my mom, and later, my dad.  I found her on line and bough her for all fo us.

I have been dressing dolls while being exiled.  I found this outfit
the other day, and it reads, "HOPE."



A Happy Corner of our Museum World

Barbies, Black Dolls, and Doll Houses

A recent addition that is also a rescue.  Happy Easter.

A recent vinyl Shirley from our large selection of them.  She smiles to remind us to do so, too.

Beautiful, vintage papier mache doll from Mexico, c. 1970.

Sweet Patti Playpal with Original Dress

Small dolls, include handmade cloth example on right from
South america.  My mother's picture is in the background; she's
sitting in her classroom at school.

Happy Kewpie

Vintage and antique cases

Antique Bear in an old dress; love her

We love elephants!

Illustration from my forthcoming book, Doll Collage. Snap shot
is for sale with others in our Etsy Store; Dr. Es Toy Museum.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Museum Wishlist; Happy Hina Matsuri Day!

The Museum, like her sister museums, has a wish list of exhibits and acquisitions. We will be adding to ours as we go, but here are some of our wishes. We also hope for peace in 2014, for happiness, grace, and good health for our families, and for our family of viewers and followers. We love you and are thankful for all of you and you comments. We are nearly 50,000 strong. Wishlist; we also welcome doll parts, vintage and antique, wax dolls, dolls in all conditions, even the hopeles. We tell the story of dolls from the sublime to the ridiculous. 1. The Metal or Pewter Head Huret 2. Another Huret in any condition, or any Huret items or memorabilia 3. The Huret Book 4. Book series The Collector's Voice 5. The book, On Dolls 6. Luella Hart's publicatons 7. Laurie Partridge doll 8. The Birds Barbie 9. Hugo Man of 1000 Faces 10. The 2013 Barbies 11. A Mason and Taylor Doll 12. A Bunraku puppet 13. Bru Bebe Teteur 14. Bru Bebe Gourmand 15. An early Qheen Anne or Georgian doll 16. Another felt Lenci, any character 17. Hawaiian Shirley Temple 18. The Patti Playpal Family 19. Ideal Tammy Fashions 20. 1979-80 Alien Monster 21. Living Dead Dolls Frozen Charlotte 22. Harriet Hubbard Ayres 23. Dressed Mexican Fleas 24. Kimport Dolls 25. Miss Bolin's Dolls 26. I. Walker doll and Memorabilia 27. A French Fashion Trousseau 28. The Great Man's Doll 29. Anne Rice's Bru 30. Japanese Girl Days Festival


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Wednesday, February 26, 2020