|Thelma Bates, circa 2010 doll maker extraordinaire, photo courtesy of The Gist of Freedom BlogTalk Radio show|
In order to preserve our doll making history as I know it, I am taking the liberty now to showcase some of Ms. Bates' doll art here in image form found on the Internet and from my personal doll ephemera. More such artists' work will be shared in the future.
|One of a kind, "Zoot Suit" by Thelma Bates, stands 17 inches, made of cernit. "Zoot Suit" was nominated for the 2004 Dolls Awards of Excellence in the OOAK category of dolls under $1000. Image scanned from the front of a post card; the back of which contains Ms. Bates' contact information.|
At the 18th International Black Doll Show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I met Ms. Bates at the table she shared as a vendor with another doll artist (whose name escapes me now). After we chatted for a minute, she gave me the above post card of her "Zoot Suit" man.
|One-of-a-kind, "President Obama" made of cernit, by Thelma Bates, stands among other President Obama memorabilia, photograph courtesy of Yvonne Peters|
I received the image of Yvonne Peters' President Obama by Bates in a letter she wrote me in 2010. Along with the photograph, Yvonne wrote: "I ordered this O'Bama from school teacher, doll artist in Maryland, Christmas 2009."
2004 Howard County article, "Small Sculptures Made from Love"
September 2010 The Gist of Freedom TalkRadio Interview with Ms. Bates on doll making -- the interview is over 30 minutes long. There is about a 2-minute musical pause near the beginning before the interview resumes.
Photobucket Images courtesy of The Gist of Freedom Blog TalkRadio Show
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