The process of creating my 2011 article for THE REVIEW was a turning point in my direction as a collector. I had agreed to do a presentation at the 2011 Madame Alexander Convention in Atlanta, GA. At the time, public speaking was a terrifying endeavor. To ease the fear, I wanted to do an article that would tie into my presentation, but drill the topic into my sub-conscience enough to get through this dreaded event. Yikes, what a learning experience this turned into, with everything that could possibly go wrong as part of the learning curve.
The process of doing a big article is very layered. Acquiring the dolls, doing the research, photography, and editing it all down to the agreed-on pages was something I understood. I had been working with someone from my previous work on three articles for the artwork. They also handled the ever confusing end of the project when it’s submitted to the printer in the format that they work in. At the last minute, my artwork was lost to that elusive black hole of the universe, along with my associate, who was no longer available. I had days to complete a new concept in a format I barely understood. At the bitter end of this process, I had a crash course with the printers of the magazine on the format they needed this to be. To come out before the convention, this all had to happen immediately to make the printing deadline.
Learning by fire has its advantages and disadvantages. I look back now and smile. I am forever grateful to the people along the way that reached out and helped in the process of this learning curve that proves old dogs can and do learn new tricks… Onward and forward!
BUCKINGHAM PALACE 2019 SUMMER EXHIBIT
The centerpiece of Buckingham Palace’s 2019 summer opening is in the Ballroom, where the grand Victorian Ball of 1856, painted by Louis Haghe, has been brought to life using digital projections and a Victorian illusion technique called Pepper’s Ghost.
A hologram shows eight figures dancing to Verdi’s La Traviata while the original decor of the room is projected onto the walls. Curators worked with a Hollywood-based production company on the effects, which also include gold stars and exotic birds projected onto the adjoining Ball Supper Room, mirroring the original decor.
HBO’s CATHERINE THE GREAT
The limited series stars Dame Helen Mirren as the 18th century Empress of Russia, the country's longest-ruling female leader who took power after overthrowing her own husband. The trailer looks sumptuous and opulent, like Imperial Russia itself, a truly epic adaptation. Catherine The Great premieres on HBO this Fall.
KEITH HARING BARBIE
The 1980s, right up to the edge of 1990, have become very attractive to the Instagram generation. From Netflix’s “Stranger Things” to FX’s “Pose,” audiences can’t get enough of the decade that toppled the Berlin Wall but saw the rise of AIDS, elected Reagan twice to the White House and welcomed Bon Jovi to rock royalty.