Our guild was founded in the picturesque Adelaide Hills, now we are city based. Our annual Doll and Bear Show and biennial Convention are still held in the Adelaide Hills at the historic German village of Hahndorf. Read a bit more about us in our 1988-2013 history booklet available on the about us page.
Now remember to come and see us at the shows.
13 Nov 2016
If you would like to learn about doll making please contact someone on the learn how page.
23 Jun 2016
The Doll & Bear Show 2016 photos have been added to the gallery. Have a look at the award winning entries, they may inspire you to enter next year.
The following was kindly provided by a delegate and hence is a delegate’s perspective. We hope you enjoy reading it and a big thanks to the delegate who took the time to give us their thoughts.
The two year wait was finally over as I headed to Hahndorf to find out what surprises the Committee had in store and mind you there were plenty.
Once again the ambiance of Hahndorf provided the perfect backdrop as the “Dolly World” took over the town, with accommodation fully booked. The local businesses must have done booming trade as delegates “hit the shops” in between Convention events.
The Old Mill was once again the Convention “headquarters” Dorothy McGonagle, Lori Santamaura and Dianna Effner provided “the serious stuff” with their informative lectures that gave an insight into both antique and modern dolls. The installation of ceiling shutters over the glassed area, since the last Convention, made for glare free viewing of the Power Point presentations. At the end of each lecture session delegates anxiously hoped that their delegate number would be drawn to be the recipient of a door prize. Guess what!! My luck was really in when my number came out and I received a copy of “The Beautiful Jumeau” by Florence Theriault. There’s a lot of inspiration in there for future projects. The Grovian Museum had kindly sponsored the printing of handouts provided at the end of Lori’s lectures. There’s nothing better than having something to take home to reflect upon and to perhaps even attempt the “Soutache” project that was provided.
The Competition Room proved to be another area for inspiration with a record number of entries of an extremely high standard. There was something to interest everyone with a large number of porcelain doll entries, cloth dolls, reborn dolls and bears. As usual delegates had the opportunity to view the Competition Room on the Friday, ahead of it being opened to the public over the weekend. There was a lot of anticipation and excitement as they found out how successful they had been.
Whilst I didn’t attend any workshops this time, the “buzz” was that the new venue was a hit and participants were very proud of their projects. It was unfortunate that Dianna Effner had to improvise her workshops as the airlines had misplaced one of her cases. It had to be the one containing all of her workshop kits. When I last caught up with her the case still had not been located almost one week on.
On Friday evening there was a Mystery Workshop. As we entered the room there were rows of tables containing bags of goodies to complete a covered, silk lined box to display a small doll and accessories. What a mammoth task the Committee had undertaken to prepare all of those kits, with all of the cardboard components pre-cut. Delegates appeared to be having fun and seemed keen to complete as much as possible on the project. We have no excuse to have another UFO (unfinished object) as by the end of the Convention all the gifts culminated in that project – the lined box, a charm to attach inside the lid, a baby doll to put into the box, a pattern and the requirements to make a dress for the doll.
The Convention lunch, breakfast and Awards Dinner provided the perfect opportunity for extra social interaction. The Awards Dinner was outstanding with an enjoyable 3 course meal, incredible music provided by Vogue Duo, plenty of dancing for those who stayed until the end and amazing gifts. One of the gifts was a little silver charm to add to our workshop box and it was cleverly presented as part of the table decoration. The “finale” was the presentation of Wee Carisssa to complement the workshop box.
The poetry writing prowess of Liz Baxter was once again evident when she recited her “Hahndorf Lament revisited.” This was a sequel to her “Hahndorf Lament” which she had presented at a previous Convention. She had everyone in stitches of laughter as we reflected on how true some of her words were.
Henry provided an exceptional, flexible service driving the mini bus. This ensured that those needing transport from their motels to the workshops, Old Mill and between venues were catered for.
The Convention wound up with a Happy Hour as we said our goodbyes with many heard to say “see you in two years time” For those of you who attended I look forward to catching up then. If you didn’t make it this year you have two years to plan and save up the dollars as it would be great to see you in Hahndorf in 2017.
Biennial Convention Tuesday 18th to Sunday 23rd of April 2017.
The theme for the Convention is “Come to the Circus”.
Doll and Bear Show Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of April 2017.
The theme for the show is “Come to the Circus”.
(background floral pattern courtesy of sofi01)