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Jane Darin

Jane Darin is passionate about color, human bodies, movement and facial expressions.

Jane has been featured in a wide range of publications, belongs to many professional art organizations, has exhibited worldwide, is an accomplished dollmaking teacher and has won numerous awards for her dolls. Click HERE to read Jane's complete biolography.

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Courses include PDF Downloads and access to Question and Answer Forums.

Jane Darin - One-of-a-Kind Fiber Arts
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Course Series 1

The 5 courses in Series 1 are ultimate reference guides for both new
and experienced cloth doll makers.

Jane teaches techniques and gives ideas of how to design or redesign a pattern using a chosen palette of colors and a personal story in a chosen size or scale. Jane's dolls are used as examples of her choices using the many processes she is teaching.

Courses do not include a specific doll pattern but you will be able to apply the skills you learn in this series to create your own designs or modify designs by others.

Jane Darin - One-of-a-Kind Fiber Arts
Example of Jane's creativity using concepts taught in these courses.

Course 1: My Dollmaking Journey

Course 2: Machines, Sewing and Fabric

Course 3: Seeing Color Relationships and Using Color Words

Course 4: Using Color Harmonies and Palettes

Course 5: Scale and Proportion

For more detailed information on each course please scroll down the page.


Courses include PDF Downloads and access to Question and Answer Forums.

Courses are available individually (order below each course description)
or order all 5 courses for a discounted price! - See Below...


Complete Series Option
Best Value - Includes Course 1 for Free!

Complete Series 1 Option - All 5 Classes - $63.80 -



Jane Darin's Courses - Series 1

What does a course include... You will be e-mailed information on how to access the course/courses (PDF Downloads) and the location of a forum where you, the instructor and other students can communicate. You will receive the e-mail within one business day of your order.

Courses do not include a specific doll pattern but you will be able to apply the skills you learn in this series to create your own designs or modify designs by others.


Course 1: M y D o l l m a k i n g J o u r n e y

BRIDGIT by Colette Wolff - Sewing Doll Pattern - Cloth and Vintage
At Aunt Eleanor's Farm After Chagall
A One-Of-A-Kind Doll by Jane Darin
In this Course,

• I share my cloth dollmaking career to show how you can add ideas to expand your dollmaking journey from where you are today.

• You can notice how my dolls evolved as I applied three dimensional principles.

• I share opportunities that can come to you through who you know and where you show your dolls.

• You learn information from my Cross-training to contribute to your voice and attitude in your dolls.

• You decide what future Courses will benefit you most in your continuing Journey in dollmaking.

• How did I create dolls that sold for $8,000 to $10,000?

Order Course 1 Only:
Course 1
: My Dollmaking Journey
- $10.95 -




Complete Series Option
Best Value - Includes Course 1 for Free!

Complete Series 1 Option - All 5 Classes - $63.80 -


"Jane has a great deal to share with anyone from any level of doll making. Her hours of study and sewing skills have instilled in her a rare ability to address many topics including anatomy, fabric/pattern placement, color, proportion, hair styles and wig making."

Debbi McCulough, Tucson, AZ

BRIDGIT by Colette Wolff - Sewing Doll Pattern - Cloth and Vintage
Example of a One-Of-A-Kind Doll by Jane Darin.

Course 2: Machines, Sewing and Fabric

Benefits of taking this Course:

BRIDGIT by Colette Wolff - Sewing Doll Pattern - Cloth and VintageMake your sewing enjoyable with hints and techniques that helped to make my sewing comfortable.

• Learn about your sewing machine, practices, cleaning, oiling, throat plates, bobbin cases, etc.

• Know the difference between purposes and sizes of machine needles.

• Understanding threads can make your sewing smart and tangle free.

• Why is it important to know about greige goods?

• Discover the best way to develop your "stash" and to make one-of-a-kind fabrics.


BRIDGIT by Colette Wolff - Sewing Doll Pattern - Cloth and Vintage

Order Course 2 Only:
Course 2
: Machines, Sewing and Fabric
- $15.95 -




Complete Series Option
Best Value - Includes Course 1 for Free!

Complete Series 1 Option - All 5 Classes - $63.80 -


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Course 3: Seeing Color Relationships and Using Color Words

BRIDGIT by Colette Wolff - Sewing Doll Pattern - Cloth and Vintage

Benefits of taking this Course:

BRIDGIT by Colette Wolff - Sewing Doll Pattern - Cloth and Vintage Recognize how physical effects like eyes, light and age determine what colors look like to us.

• Understand how colors affect other colors such as warm and cool, and how feelings affect color.

• Define basic color words such as hue, tone, shade, value and gradation.

• Describe and see examples of saturation, chroma, intensity, luminosity and iridescences.

• Learn the difference between using color names, (left brain) and experiencing colors. (right brain)


Order Course 3 Only:
Course 3
: Seeing Color Relationships and Using
Color Words
- $15.95 -




Complete Series Option
Best Value - Includes Course 1 for Free!

Complete Series 1 Option - All 5 Classes - $63.80 -


"Jane's classes moves you to a much higher level. It's like that story of give a (wo)man a fish and she'll have dinner, teach her how to fish and she can feed herself. My apologies if my metaphors are mixed up, but it's a wonderful experience."

Judy Dalton


Course 4: Using Color Harmonies and Palettes

Benefits of taking this Course:

• Learn to use a Color Wheel to understand General Color Theory.


• See the difference between primaries in 4 Color Printing (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) (CMYK) and Stage /Television Lighting (Red/Green/Blue).

• Make a fabric Color Palette grouping Monochromatic, Achromatic, Analogous or Complementary colors.

• Make more fabric palettes using Split Complimentary, Triads or Tetrads.

• Use color contrasts and gradation: dark/light, warm/cool, saturated/dull to emphasize areas in your dolls.

BRIDGIT by Colette Wolff - Sewing Doll Pattern - Cloth and Vintage
Color Wheel Available
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BRIDGIT by Colette Wolff - Sewing Doll Pattern - Cloth and Vintage
One-Of-A-Kind Doll by Jane Darin.

"Looking at that face on El Nino, I realized how perfect he was to represent this past winter! You are truly a gifted artist, and whenever I come back to your images, I'm once again filled with Dreaming and New Goals!"

Michelle Reames

BRIDGIT by Colette Wolff - Sewing Doll Pattern - Cloth and Vintage


Order Course 4 Only:
Course 4
: Using Color Harmonies and Palettes
- $15.95 -




Complete Series Option
Best Value - Includes Course 1 for Free!

Complete Series 1 Option - All 5 Classes - $63.80 -



Course 5: Scale and Proportion

BRIDGIT by Colette Wolff - Sewing Doll Pattern - Cloth and Vintage
One-Of-A-Kind Dolls by Jane Darin - Examples

Benefits of taking this Course:

• Using a human model and a proportional scale you learn how to include a third dimension in your doll patterns.

• Learn how to set the Proportional Scale once and record measurements on a chart to use to make your own doll patterns.

• Find and record exact measurements for any scale doll and for accessories in any scale.

• Learn an easy way to enlarge or reduce patterns.

• Understand how to use regular and proportional calipers to measure body parts.

BRIDGIT by Colette Wolff - Sewing Doll Pattern - Cloth and Vintage
Proportional Scale Available
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"Jane can facilitate you in designing a body in the scale you want to work, help you work through the challenges of proportion, scale and dimensionality and really impact your doll making."

Judi Dalton, Tucson, AZ



Order Course 5 Only:
Course 5
: Scale and Proportion
- $15.95 -




Complete Series Option
Best Value - Includes Course 1 for Free!

Complete Series 1 Option - All 5 Classes - $63.80 -


Course Coming Soon

Heads and Patterns

Stuffing and Needle Sculpting

Face Painting

All Jane's future courses build on the base of knowledge taught in the first 5 courses.

Need a Color Wheel or Proportional Scale?


Proportional Scale
What every dollmaker needs when resizing patterns!

Proportional Scale

Price $5.79 Qty: 

Circles Template Small
Color Wheel (2 Sided) - 9-1/4"

Teaches color relationships by organizing colors in a circle so you can visualize how they relate to each other. Diameter 9-1/4" (23.5 cm). Made in the USA.

Price $6.99 - Qty: 

 


Designer Profile

Jane Darin's Biography
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GEORGIA O'KEEFFEJane Darin was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, her parents and older brothers were college educated. They introduced her to museums, music and reading stories at an early age. As a child, she studied, dance, piano, golf, swimming and bridge. All of this affected how she approached dollmaking in later years.

She attended Catholic schools under the Sisters of Providence. At Butler University, a Christian college, she graduated with a major in English and a minor in Education. She met and married her first husband and had five children.

Divorcing in 1970, Jane raised her children alone until meeting and marrying Joe Darin, an award-winning architect. The couple settled in San Diego. When the children left the nest, Jane wrote a letter to God asking, "What shall I do now?" Her cloth doll art began as a result of that letter.

Jane continued to develop her spiritual life with studies from an Indian teacher. She credits her innovative approach to her one-of-a-kind art dolls to her spiritual growth under the guidance of Sathya Sai Baba whose main tenant is "Love All, Serve All." "Sometimes the only way a person knows God loves and cares for them is through the kindness shown by each of us." He encourages his devotees to do service where they live and as a result, Jane and Joe have maintained a quilting project in their home for thirty-one years. Volunteers make quilts that are given free to those in need of comfort.

Education:

• Bachelor of Arts in English, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
• Studies in business and accounting, California State Univ. Fullerton, CA
• Studied for a master's degree in English, SD State Univ., San Diego, CA
• Studied art, Palomar Community College, San Marcos, CA
• Studies with Marlaine Verhelst & Ankie Danaan, Dutch Doll Artists
• Studies with E. J. Taylor, English Doll Artist
• Studies with Michael James, American Quilt Artist & Colorist
• Studies with Akiko Bourland, Japanese Ikebana Artist
• Studies with Maher Marcos, Egyptian Fine Art Sculptor

How my one-of-a-kind cloth dolls can be enjoyed in three layers.

1. In the first layer you may

a. See the expressive faces.
b. Feel the moods suggested by the posture.
c. Observe the subtle play of light and shadow.
d. Catch an indication of eminent motion.
e. Your pleasure increases as you study this layer.

2. In the second layer

a. You walk around them.
b. The dolls add time and space to their three dimensions.
c. There is no real back or front.
d. There is a continuous series of interesting views.
e. You enjoy the textures, the patterns and the color of the surfaces.

3. In the third layer

a. The piece reminds you of a connection in your life.
b. You keep on looking.
c. You chose one to take home.
d. You find the perfect place to display your choice.
e. You feel happy to discover new enjoyment every day.

The Benefits of Learning Art Dolls:

• Spark your own passion for creating.
• Improve your current dollmaking skills.
• Gain self confidence in your creative process.
• Learn new ways to add expression to your dolls.
• Learn to increase the appeal of your art.

If you could add to your dollmaking skills, have fun and pay a reasonable price, would you do that?

Jane Darin Teaching HOW I TEACH:

John Holt, an educator, said, "We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way." In my Courses you learn by doing. Some of my Courses are process and some are product oriented.

What does that mean?
It means that you can work on your own dolls. I teach you techniques and processes to add new details to what you are doing. As a result, you can approach the same Course repeatedly, each time adding skills to your dollmaking.

We're starting on a great adventure and our first stop is five courses with cross-training subjects that made the most difference in how I made my dolls and the pleasure I had in making them. I hope you find your favorite stories to tell and along with this information add to your voice. I love that we're doing this together, a great new adventure for you and for me, a Course."

Publications

• The Love Formed Human, Tokyo, Japan
• Finishing the Figure, C & T. Publishing
• Designing the Doll C & T Publishing
• The Anatomy of a Doll, C & T Publishing
• Cloth Dolls from Ancient to Modern, Doll Museum, Newport, RI
• Poppen & Geppetto Magazine, The Netherlands.
• Contemporary Doll Collector Magazine - various issues
• Dolls Magazine - various issues
• Soft Dolls & Animals! - various issues
• Doll Reader Magazine - various issues
• The Cloth Doll Magazine - various issues.
• Holiday Treasures at the White House brochure, Washington, D. C.

Professional Art Organizations

• National Sculpture Society, New York, NY *
• President of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, San Diego, CA *
• Combined Organizations of the Visual Arts (COVA), San Diego, CA *
• California Art Club, Pasadena, CA
• San Diego Portrait Society*
• National League of American Pen Women, Washington, D.C. *
• Market Street Group, San Diego, CA *
• Imitation of Life Construction Company (IOLCC), San Diego, CA
• Quilt San Diego, art quilt organization, San Diego, CA
• Academy of American Doll Artists (AADA) *
• Pacific Quilt Artists *
• Canyon Quilters, North County Quilters, San Diego, CA
*Juried member

Exhibitions (invitational)

• San Diego Maritime Museum Fine Art Exhibit, San Diego, CA
• SDMA Artist Guild All Members Show – Artist's Choice, Chula Vista, CA
• "Hot August Nights," Marjorie Taylor Gallery, San Diego, CA
• National Orange Show, San Bernadino, CA
• Market Street Group, San Diego
• "As Time Goes By", La Jolla Art Association, La Jolla, CA
• Art Gallery of Kent Wilson, San Diego, CA
• "Synergy Energy and Motion," Fire Arts Sculpture Gallery, San Diego, CA
• Southwestern College Gallery, Chula Vista, CA
• "The Art of the Doll", Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco, CA
• "Fifth International Open", Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
• Santa Fe Doll Art, Santa Fe, NM
• Albuquerque Museum, NM
• New York Toy Fair, New York, NY
• AADA Toy Fair Preview Show, New York, NY
• "Fantasy Showcase" LA Jolla Fiber Art Gallery, La Jolla, CA
• Shin-Seiki "Millennium Doll Exhibition", Tokyo, Japan
• The Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA
• International Doll Art, Chicago, IL (Twice)
• Edith Lambert Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
• Santa Fe Doll Art Symposium, Santa Fe, NM (Three times) One year as a judge
• "The Cutting Edge," Wenham Museum, Wenham, MA
• "Butterfly Encounter," Art Installation, IDEX Conf., San Francisco, CA
• Contemporary Art Quilts & Clay Forms," Palomar College, San Marcos, CA
• Combined Organizations for the Visual Arts, Open Studio, San Diego, CA
• "Dolls: Mirrors of Humanity," Mingei Museum, San Diego, CA
• "Dimensions in Doll Making", San Diego, CA (Twice)
• "People Play: The Art of the Toy," Spruill Center for Arts, Atlanta, GA
• "It Seams Funny to Me," Amer. Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA
• Dollco Show, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York, NY
• "Gingerbread Lane," Horton Plaza, San Diego (People's Choice, First Prize)
• One Woman Show, Old Town, San Diego, CA
• Cloth Doll Exhibition, NIADA Convention, Anaheim, CA
• "Sensorial Impressions," Porter Troupe Gallery, San Diego, CA
• Art of Caring Hospice Benefit, San Diego, CA
• San Diego County Fair, Exhibition of Fine Art
• Fifth International Show, Woman Made Gallery Chicago, IL
• William Cannon Gallery, Carlsbad, CA
• "Dynamic Dolls", Coyote Woman Gallery, Harbor Springs, MI
• Dolls for the New Millennium: The Figure in Cloth 2000/2001
• Aral Exhibition, Brighton Beach, Sussex, England
• American Craft Council, San Francisco, CA
• 516 Magnifico Art Space, Albuquerque, NM
• Invitation to create ornament for White House Christmas Tree
• Ventura Museum of History and Art, Ventura, CA
• One Woman Show, Riki Schaffer Gallery, Pontiac, MI
• "Dolls in Nature," Schloss Farrach, Austria
• Rosalie Whyel Doll Museum, Seattle, WA
• "The Joyful Vision," Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
• "A Night at the Opera," Gallerie Enchantment, Corning, NY*
• "The Road to California, Crossroads Cloth Doll Exhibit, Ontario, CA (First prize, Best of Show)

Jane Darin Original DollsAwards

• Honorable Mention in Sculpture, San Diego County Fair, Exhibit of Fine Art
• San Diego Prize (top prize in fine art) San Diego County Fair, Exhibit of Fine Art
• Dolls Magazine Award of Excellence Nominee
• Special Presentation Artist's Award, Santa Fe Doll Art, Santa Fe, NM
• Viewer's Choice, Best of Show, Horton Plaza Gingerbread Lane, San Diego, CA
• First Place, Cloth - Santa Fe Doll Art Symposium, Santa Fe, NM
• Best of Show -Crossroads Cloth Doll Exhibit, Ontario, CA
• Viewer's Choice - Canyon Quilters Challenge, San Diego, CA

 

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