Programming

The last day for sign-up is Monday August 4th!

Some workshops will require sign-up, those that do will have *This requires sign-up* within the workshop description. To sign-up for a workshop email DP@mintoncardinc.com with your registration number. You can not sign-up for a workshop if you have not registered yet. After you register you will receive an email with your registration number, this is done manually, so you will not immediately receive a registration number after you have registered & paid. Please be patient, we will get your number to you. :)

Workshops/Panels that do not note sign-up will be at-the-door line up, first come first served.

Workshops

Face-up Workshop (Regency Ballroom A) Saturday 12:00pm – 2:00pm

This workshop will be hosted by beloved face-up artists eliza_maza (Angel Toast) and dybbuk (Nocturnal-Doll). *This requires sign-up* This workshop is FULL, the wait list is open.

Each artist will demonstrate tips and tricks for painting a beautiful face-up for your doll. The class is free with your admission, but capped at 40 participants. Materials will not be provided, attendees will need to bring the following supplies:

  • Doll Head
  • Pastel brushes
  • Paint brushes
  • Palettes
  • Pastels
  • Eraser
  • Magic eraser
  • Acrylic paints
  • Cup for water (can be a plastic Dixie cup)
  • Gloss varnish
  • A pair of Nitrile gloves
  • A paper mask
  • Sealant (MSC – This can NOT be sprayed in the workshop room. If you are going to spray it needs to be done outside of the building after the class is over.)

Face-Up Demonstration – Viewing Only (Regency Ballroom B): Saturday 1:00pm – 2:00pm

This workshop will be hosted by SDink. Demonstrated tips and tricks for creating a       beautiful face-up for your dolls. The demonstration is free with your admission, but     capped at 70 participants. The first 70 people lined up will get in, but we will try to squeeze more in if we can.

Photography Demonstration Workshop (Regency Ballroom B): Saturday 10:30am – 11:30am

Students will learn the basics of doll photography! Amateur photographers will learn about camera settings and how to frame a shot, as well as pick up tips and tricks to help bring dolls alive in photos. Workshop is capped at 70 attendees. The first 70 people lined up will get in, but we will try to squeeze more in if we can.

Fantasy Costume Design Demonstration (Regency Ballroom A): Saturday 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Learn about fantasy costume design with Azurielle. This class is a demonstration tutorial and discussion on how to make simple fantasy costume pieces. Once sign-up is complete Azurielle will email all attendees the pattern that is going to be demonstrated at the panel. Class is capped at 40 attendees. *This requires sign-up* This workshop is FULL, the wait list is open.

Body Maintenance Workshop (Regency Ballroom A): Saturday 10:00am – 11:00am

Bring a doll and improve its pose-ability through restringing and sueding (hot glue or pliver). Class size is capped at 40, materials are included in your con attendance. *This requires sign-up* This workshop is FULL, the wait list is open.

Panels

Doll Design on a Budget (Regency Ballroom B): Saturday 2:30pm – 3:30pm

This discussion panel shares tips on creating dream dolls on less than ideal budgets. Attendees are invited to share tips and tricks for finding deals (company events and second-hand market luck!), creating DIY magic, and saving up. Limited to 70 attendees. The first 70 people lined up will get in, but we will try to squeeze more in if we can.

Meet RubyRedGalleria! (Regency Ballroom A & B): Sunday 2:30pm – 3:30pm.

RubyRedGalleria representatives will present some of their past and future projects, as well as answer questions from attendees about the design and doll making process. Limited to 180 attendees. The first 180 people lined up will get in, but we will try to squeeze more in if we can.

Meet the Artists of RingDoll! (Regency Ballroom A & B): Sunday 1:00pm – 2:00pm.

RingDoll representatives will present some of their past and future projects, as well as answer questions from attendees about the design and doll making process. Limited to 180 attendees. The first 180 people lined up will get in, but we will try to squeeze more in if we can.

Name that Sculpt! (Presented by Doll North) (Regency Ballroom B ): Saturday 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Think you can spot a sculpt from a mile away?  Doll North, our lovely Canadian friends, want to challenge you with a photo trivia game!  Prizes awarded to the keenest eyes. Limited to 70 attendees. The first 70 people lined up will get in, but we will try to squeeze more in if we can.

Contests

Costuming Contest

It’s a fancy fandom masquerade!

We invite you to take inspiration from historic masquerade balls, then cross those old designs with imagery from a favorite movie, book, or film to create a unique ensemble.  A Welcome to Night Vale-inspired men’s formalwear ensemble?  A Transformers-themed ball gown?  A Hulked-out tuxedo?  Go for it!  It’s a bit of classic couture mixed with modern fan enthusiasm and the only limitation is your own imagination!

There will be two categories for this contest – Readymade and Atelier.  Atelier entries must be made from scratch (with the exception of shoes); Readymade can be combinations of store-bought and handmade components.  Prizes will be awarded to both categories!

Entries are open to every size and brand of doll of any gender.  All costumes must include a semi-formal to formal body-covering garment and a thematically matching mask to be displayed on a doll.

You will need to provide your own doll stand and we encourage you to decorate your stand to match your theme! Please Note – Backdrops are not allowed, however small props are.Risqué themes are acceptable, but please be tasteful.

Please be sure to check the convention schedule to see when & where your contest entry needs to be dropped off and picked up! Dollism Plus is not responsible for items that are not claimed before the contest entry pick-up room is closed.

Extreme Modification Contest

This contest is for customizers!

Using the same base head (a Doll Family-A Practice head, $24.95, to be purchased from Mint on Card), skillful customizers will create an exciting custom! Heads can be found here:

USA: DF-A 1/3 Practice Head – Dollism Plus

International: DF-A 1/3 Practice Head – Dollism Plus

There is no limitation on materials used or the degree of augmentation permitted – customizers may cut, drill, carve, or even sculpt on to the existing head.

Final projects will be displayed on Saturday for judging by convention staff and attendees! Heads may be displayed on a body, but it is not required. Prizes will be given during the Dessert Buffet on Saturday night. Please be sure to check the convention schedule to see when & where your contest entry needs to be dropped off and picked up! Dollism Plus is not responsible for items that are not claimed before the contest entry pick-up room is closed.

Face-up Contest

Face-up artists are challenged to design a unique face-up based on the local landmark, Niagara Falls.  The theme can be obvious or subtle, but we want to see your creativity.  Any sculpt by any maker can be used, and it does not need to be displayed on a body if the customizer does not have one. Please be sure to check the convention schedule to see when & where your contest entry needs to be dropped off and picked up! Dollism Plus is not responsible for items that are not claimed before the contest entry pick-up room is closed.

Photography Contest

In celebration of Den of Angel’s tenth anniversary, photographers are inspired create celebration-themed photographs.  Members can use as many dolls as they would like, traditional resin BJD or otherwise, and use of Photoshop is permitted as long as the dolls and set are the focus of the photo (rather than your awesome editing skills).  Photographers will provide an 8×10 framed print of their photo for display and judging. Please be sure to check the convention schedule to see when & where your contest entry needs to be dropped off and picked up! Dollism Plus is not responsible for items that are not claimed before the contest entry pick-up room is closed.

Tiny Triathlon Workshop Contest (Regency Ballroom A & B): Sunday 9:00am – 12:00pm

Themed after DoA’s epic annual feats of skill, the tiny triathlon is a three hour long contest involving three challenging events!

The first event is a sewing-free costume challenge.

The second challenge involves a camera, some teammates, and some random junk!

The third and final challenge involves a pair of scissors, oh my!

What will the events include?  Who will win? Who has the endurance to complete all three events?  Bring a doll and join the fun. This contest workshop is capped at 40 attendees. Participants only need to bring a doll, all other materials will be provided. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the workshop. *This requires sign-up*