The winners of the group-voted "Queen of ZNE" doll contest in the ZNE Dolls sub group of the international mixed media group VariaZioNE are Tina Marie for 3-D Assemblage (purple, above), Constanza Berger for cloth doll and JoAnna Grant for paper doll, all shown in order above. Congratulations to everyone and to group moderator Bernice Wagnitz for thinking up this and many other challenges. The current challenge is a Halloween theme. Any ZNE member is welcome to join the ZNE Dollz group.
Tina explains about her 3-D doll: "My Queen started as a dense styrofoam yellow squash (body) and a dylite half egg (face). Part of the squash was cut off to give a flat area for attaching to the base. The face was attached to the body with thick wire wrapped in floral tape. The arms and legs are also wire wrapped with floral tape. All parts were glued for extra security and then primed and painted with acrylic paints. Her eyelashes are "real" artificial lashes with a liner of rhinestones. Her hair is a big purple flower and her crown is fashioned from a gold cupcake liner and quilting pins. She lounges on a wooden base with folding legs that is painted and decorated with artificial flowers and leaves and buttons around the edge."
Also, group member Karen Everitt-Emery received some exciting news. She says "I just wanted to share with each of you that I have just reached an agreement with The Bellevue Arts Museum Store to have them sell some of my dolls on consignment. I was approached by the Museum Store's buyer after I had recently sold some of my dolls through eBay to the Deputy Director of the Museum. Anyway, I am so thrilled and I just wanted each of you and all of the other supportive members of ZNE to be able to share this development with me! Thanks for all of your support, and the recognition that you have given me for my creative efforts!" Here is one of Karen's paper dolls which was also part of the Queen of ZNE contest.