‘Here come dolls’ exhibit opens Dec. 1 at the Easton library

Easton artist Bronislava Slagle's "here come dolls" exhibit is on view at the Easton Public Library from Dec. 1 through Jan. 8.

Easton artist Bronislava Slagle’s “here come dolls” exhibit is on view at the Easton Public Library from Dec. 1 through Jan. 8.

Local artist Bronislava Slagle will exhibit her American Girl Doll knits in the glass display at the Easton Public Library from Dec. 1 through Jan. 8.

The ‘Here come dolls’ exhibit was created with children in mind.

“My desire is to show them what acquired knitting skill, a skein of yarn and a little bit of patience can produce,” she said. “I will have been successful if you and your children experience the same excitement of the outcome while viewing these designs as I experienced while creating them.”

Ms. Slagle is a multiple media artist who studied art in Czechoslovakia and became an educator before escaping from her Soviet-occupied homeland in 1981. After a modeling career in Austin, Texas and New York City, she studied hairdressing in Manhattan where she later became a salon owner.

These days she paints, draws, writes books, and blogs. Her other passion is knitting and crocheting.

“Knitting to me is another form of art,” she said. “Thinking of a design that looks nice after it is done can be quite rewarding.”

Since 2009 she has exhibited in Fairfield County in numerous juried exhibitions in establishments such as the Rowayton Art Center, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Westport Art Center, Wilton Public Library, and Easton Public Library.

She had a solo exhibition in Danbury (City Center and Town Hall) and a three-woman show in the Fairfield Public Library. She has donated her works to many fund-raising events, such as the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra in Ridgefield, Relay for Life in Wilton and St. Patrick’s School in Bedford, N.Y.

“I was about 9 years old when I picked up knitting needles for the first time and sat next to my mother so I could learn how to knit,” she said. “My very first project was a scarf. It was a very ugly scarf, but I was very proud of the outcome. Later on, as I learned how to knit and crochet, I was able to make hats, blouses, skirts, sweaters, and even pants and jumpsuits for myself and others. When my daughter was born, I would occasionally knit clothing for her and her dolls.”

Recently she created many outfits for an American Girl doll.

“At times I just take a yarn or two or three, look at it and my brain starts designing a piece, be it a hat, a sweater, a blouse,” she said. “I like all different types of yarns. The colors or thickness I chose depend on my mood that day. If I feel very energetic, then I choose vibrant yarns that portray cheerfulness. If I feel just calm, I choose more natural colors for my knitting projects. The ‘here come dolls’ was created with children in mind. My desire is to show them what acquired knitting skill, a skein of yarn and a little bit of patience can produce.”

For more information about the exhibit, contact Easton Public Library at 203-261-0134 or Bronislava Slagle at [email protected]

Some of Ms. Slagle’s patterns can be found on her “HandMade-Rukodelky” blog: handmade-rukodelky.blogspot.com/

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