experiencing the serenity and inspiration of deserted beaches,
turquoise waters and the aloha state of mind, learn how to access
your own muse
and dance to her song.
for yourself the magical creative process
of two experienced and reknown fantasy doll artists!
Lackey and Marilyn Radzat, well known
and collected in the art doll world for the last 20 years, have
combined their years of experience and knowledge to put together
a unique retreat experience on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
retreat is not a doll making workshop nor does it require any
art experience what-so-ever. This is an opportunity to experience
the joy of creating from your own wellspring of inspiration
with the guidance and experience of two unique and creative
artists. Although both Gail and Marilyn both work in the fantasy
realm of art dolls, each brings a unique and fresh point of
view, and tried and true methods, techniques and secrets that
they will share with you, so that you will be guided in your
own process. If you have been creating art dolls, this experience
will allow you an opportunity to develop a uniqueness to your
art, as you create a figure on a gourd, and if you are new to
artistic expression and it's forms, we will teach you methods
that will allow you to form your own unique spirit piece. We
will guide you to create vessels of imagination...treasure containers
of inspiration, using gourds and coconuts shells as the base.
You will bring home with you at least two completed pieces of
your own artwork.
we will visit sacred spaces in Hawaii, walk deserted beaches
that tourists would not have access to, enter forests of old
banyan groves, collect sea glass and found objects that will
lead you to self expression.
This is not a sculpting workshop. There are many
books and many workshops that address that need. This is a retreat
in which you will access your creativity and inspiration through
the process of embellishment, using fabrics, beads, sea glass,
found coral and such . Rarely does one get the opportunity to
be in a space that encourages such access to one's own creativity.
You will be amazed at what you will create while you are here
in this inspirational space of Hawaii, with the guidance of
two experienced artists.
Radzat has been creating art in the figure form for over 25 years. She
uses the body as the canvas, transforming the sculpted piece with layers
of fabric, nature's elements, and found objects. Marilyn's masterful
skills in the art of assemblage adds her characteristic emphasis to
the dimensional collage.
work can be seen in many fine galleries throughout the United States
and in the private collections of such well-known personalities as President
and Mrs. Clinton, actress Demi Moore, author Anne Rice, entertainer
Richard Simmons, director Ron Howard, to name but a few.
piece stands as a one-of-a-kind collectable, unique and enchanting.
The clays used range from low-fired, oil base clays to high fire porcelain.
The fabrics used to create the costumes are vintage and antique pieces
of silk velvets, rich brocades and other rare textiles.
am often called a Curator of Enchantment. I feel that Enchantment offers,
in her very essence, inspiration. It is that serendipitous coming together
of the unexpected . . . a tiny orange mushroom on the forest floor,
a circle of young redwood trees forming a cathedral space, a flash of
silk caught by a branch . . . I believe in Enchantment in her highest
form. Not as an escape from reality, but as a window into what is possible
in that fertile and complex world of imagination. "
Lackey, a self-taught fantasy artist, began her career in illustration
work. In 1983 Gail began to create soft sculpture pieces, and by word
of mouth alone, her artdolls began to be much sought after and collected.
In 1989, Gail discovered Fimo clay and her love affair with this medium
took off. Her appealing and charming artdolls have appeared in many
magazine articles and books featuring the best of the artdoll artists
of today. In 2000 Gail was sought after by Richard Simmons and the Knickerbocher
Company to create a line of fantasy characters, which were released
under the name "The Enchanted Forest".
subject matter ranges from goblins and elves, to fairies and pretty
girls, that all carry her own sparkle of whimsey and charm. Her art
is in the collection of many celebrities and Disney animation artists,
as well as Richard Simmon's, Anne Rice, Demi Moore, Ray Liotta and more.
love using vintage and antique materials, especially fabric with an
ethnic look. I am always looking for unusual trims and findings to use
in my work. If I can't find it, I make it. Often dying and distressing
fabrics is a fun way to get the look that I want. I love to create pieces
that make people smile and feel good. My joy is to create art that,
with just one look, will take viewers to a magical place and time; to
a land of wonder and enchantment."
sea glass on deserted beaches
A vision process
to find your inner muse
bowl with embellishment techniques
A vessel to
hold your imagination
Visit the largest
Heiau ( sacred space ) on Oahu, poised on a pali
overlooking Waimea Bay. They call this one Pu'u O Mahuka.
Falls, located in the beautiful 1,800-acre Waimea Falls Park.
Visit the Polynesian
Cultural Center to experience the traditions
of the islands of the South Pacific.
Enjoy the inspiration
of being a part of a circle of women.
with a finished piece of artwork
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mail: Marilyn Radzat Fantasy Dolls
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