Brown Spice Dolls Workshop and Artist Talk

Julee Dickerson-Thompson, a Washington DC artist, will be at the Charles Town Library for an artist talk and workshop. From painting and soft sculpture/fiber to publications and illustrations, her work is permeated by a unique, stylized approach to line drawing. Ms. Dickerson-Thompson has exhibited work at the Corcoran Museum of Art and at Miami Basel. Her graphic illustrations have appeared on album covers for Sweet Honey in the Rock, Essence Magazine, Howard University Press, and the Washington Informer.

Currently on exhibit at the Charles Town Library are some of the artist’s Brown Spice Dolls, coming in all shades of brown, beige, gold, and black, as well as her quilts. Begun in partnership with her mother, Ann Dickerson, the Brown Spice Dolls were a quest to create a diverse collection of dolls that reflected the African Diaspora. Every year, the collectors of these dolls would bring them to a “Family Reunion” for a wonderful celebration and the creation of a family album. Making rag dolls from scrap materials has a long tradition. The Brown Spice Doll’s faces and hair are made from yarn, embroidery thread, rickrack, or fabric and the hairstyles include corn rows, fros, dreadlocks and pigtails.

These original dolls lead to doll classes and workshops that have been taught for over thirty years. Ms. Dickerson-Thompson will teach an abbreviated workshop in creating clothing for a brown spice doll. Each participant in the Brown Spice Doll workshop will receive a miniature brown spice doll, fabric to make clothing for it, as well as a conversation on the experiences of the artist. The workshop is free.