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AlteredBarbie Making Workshop With Ruby Pearl and SCRAP!

 

Think Barbie out of the Box!  Alter and recycle your own Barbie and or Ken by embellishing and/or building an environment. 

 

Price per participant:  $25.00 / 35.00 special for parents.  

This includes 2 Barbie dolls per person.  10 person min.  

Place: 50 shotwell in the Mission district of San Francisco.

 

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As Is statement

I saw these dolls in a thrift store I frequent.  I thought about them on and off that following week.  My daughter and I used to spend a lot of time with Barbie and now that time is passed.  A week later I saw them again, hanging in their bags.  Pictures of them played in my mind for another week.  Barbie, as with Venuses before her, can initiate travel into worlds both mysterious and familiar.  Then, I bought them and brought them to my studio. I have photographed them pretty much as they were; gestures cast in polyvinyl bags, heads down, eyes open, naked, mussed. As surely as knowing limits seeing, what I say here will guide your experience with this work.

Dr. Toy Endorses (Altered) Barbie for President

 

Dr Toy Endorses Barbie for President

 

Barbie would make an excellent candidate for President. It’s time for a qualified woman who can see both sides of the aisle to be a candidate.

 

Barbie has been around the world and back and knows foreign policy; she appreciates and is aware of domestic issues, knows how to keep workers busy, find and increase jobs, and expand employment. She knows the great issues facing the country. She can solve many problems as she shows her ability to collaborate and find solutions to our current and future challenges.

 

CALL TO POETS

 

Barbie is on Campaign (with or without Ken)
 
Four more years! Are we on the cusp of a groundbreaking moment – wherein a woman, perhaps an Altered Barbie, will make it into the highest office in this country? In all countries around the globe? Altered Barbie has a message and a platform and she's ready to combat, contradict, and co-mingle with the likes of Mitt and Barack, Hillary and Sarah, with or without, Ken!
 

Submit 1-3 poems on the theme to alteredbarbie@gmail.com.

Please include the following directly in the body of your email submission: (no attachments please)

Altered Barbie Newbie

Oddly, even though I have always been drawn the the altered Barbie scene since I first became aware of it in the '90s, it did not occur to me to use Barbie as a subject in my artwork until recently. Sometime last winter, I was thumbing through some old National Geographics and stumbled upon some hilariously dated advertisements. The photos were theatrically posed with the intent of depicting an adventurous, fun-loving yet privileged lifestyles. I knew immediately that I had to recreate these ads and photos on canvas, and who better but Barbie and friends could give the paintings that absurd edge for which I was searching.

La Sirena Yemaya, Diosa del Mar

My tribute to Yemaya began as a Malibu Barbie.  Her dreadlocks are fashioned of hand-spun, kettle-dyed merino wool, and her outfit was reconstructed from seven different classic Barbie gowns which were then pieced together and sewn by hand into a single garment.  Around her neck is a strand of plastic shells (strangely enough, an actual Barbie accessory).  Her altar is assembled from an old wooden clock case salvaged from a junkyard and embellished with a rusted chain that symbolizes both the captivity of the Middle Passage and the resilience of its survivors.

Cynthia Tom A Place of her own

Cynthia Tom is bringing a place of her own to AlteredBarbie. If Barbie had a place that was her own what would it look like?

A PLACE OF HER OWN is a multi-phase, multi-venue arts project. The project poses the question, “If you had a place of your own, what would it be?” and invites artists and the public to respond in a variety of ways.

Women, through necessity and parental or cultural training, learn to compromise themselves. Women often set aside their own needs to support others to the point of losing them. Rarely have women learned to reclaim a place of their own, metaphorically or physically. What happens when we expand the parameters beyond the concept of a room and discover a place, in which the limitations are bound by the imagination and nothing more?

The conceptual frame work and long term goal of this project is to generate a creative place for women to reconnect with themselves and make their aspirations visible. This is not just a curatorial vision of Cynthia Tom's, but a lifelong passion.

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