Rustie

Midnight Star

QUESTION: Midnight Star is the name of a Rhythm & Blues band from the 1980's that had a number of hits.  Which song that they sang reached highest on the charts?
A). "Operator"
B). "Midas Touch"
C). "No Parking (On the Dance Floor)"
D). "Super Freak"
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Midnight Star.  If you have had the chance to visit the American Treasure Tour - and we certainly hope you have - you surely browsed our gift shop. One of the most important items available for purchase in the shop are our tour-specific refrigerator magnets (yes, this is a purely subjective opinion by your humble blog-writing team). We offer magnets of our classic cars, an amazing Wurlitzer band organ, a nickelodeon, and a doll. The doll is called Midnight Star. She's beautiful, she's glamorous, and she's on display in our Music Room for everyone to admire. On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, we talked about Patricia Rose and Rustie, two award-winning artists who have dedicated their careers to creating art dolls, among other things. Patricia Rose is as much a teacher as she is a doll artist - the features and details she includes in her dolls are exquisite. Rustie is not only a doll designer, but also a fashion designer. The two women worked together to create the full package that is Midnight Star.

Midnight Star is 22" tall.  Created using of porcelain, her details are quite amazing. The fully-posable doll designed by Patricia Rose has pale blond hair, sparkling blue eyes, and bright ruby lips that stand in sharp contrast to the outfit Rustie created out of royal blue velvet. Striking against the deep blue of her gown are extraordinary silver glitter-embossed royal blue velvet ruffles. She wears a jeweled and feathered headdress that complements her upswept hair.  She sparkles with multitudes of faux diamond appliques and jewelry adorns her neck, wrists, and fingers. She was made in a Limited Edition of 150, and the Treasure Tour proudly displays number 76.  

ANSWER:  A). "Operator."  It hit number 18 on the pop charts and did well on the R&B charts as well.

Rustie

QUESTION:  Which of the following 'one-named celebrities' has never performed in a fiction film?
A). Cher
B). Christo
C). Madonna
D). Valli
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Yesterday's blog was dedicated to the sculptor-turned-art doll creator Patricia Rose. Her works have been celebrated for decades now, and are available on-line for those with an appreciation for her beautiful figures. Today's blog is dedicated to another renowned doll designer, Rustie.  Rustie's talents extend deep into the world of fashion as well. Born in Chicago, Rustie designed elaborate outfits for her own dolls from a very early age. It was likely no surprise that she would follow that passion into a career; however, it is likely few could have anticipated the worldwide recognition she would receive for many of her pieces. Her first appearance at the New York Toy Fair, in 1996, garnered her nominations for Doll of the Year for both her Tara and Skye dolls.  She won with Skye, and has been going strong ever since.

(Rustie's Bride doll is not at the ATT. Sorry.)

(Rustie's Bride doll is not at the ATT. Sorry.)

One of Rustie's notable accomplishments is one of her 42-inch" Bride dolls, which retailed for almost $10,000. The detail on her dolls, and equally notably on the outfits she creates for her dolls, is truly exquisite.  And, when Rustie collaborates with other doll artists, the best of multiple talents come together. Next week, we will explore one splendid example of this - a collaboration between Patricia Rose and Rustie.  Her name is Midnight Star....

ANSWER:  B). Christo.  Christo Vladimirov Javacheff is a Bulgarian-born artist who, while occasionally the subject of documentaries about his astounding works, has never performed in a fictional film (insofar as we know, anyway).  All three of our other choices have, to varying degrees of critical success.

Patricia Rose

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QUESTION:  Which color cannot appear in a naturally grown (meaning not modified) rose?
A). Red
B). Orange
C). Blue
D). Green
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It's not difficult to understand the fascination people have had with the human figure since pretty much the dawn of time, especially considering that we as a species want to understand our own bodies and such. We have simulated the human form in art since the first cave dwellers scratched into their walls, and will likely continue to do until the end of time. One way this manifests is in the creation of dolls, and the American Treasure Tour is definitely full of dolls of all shapes and sizes. Today, we are going to talk about one of the more stunning examples on display in the Music Room - Midnight Star.

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Whether you are a collector of dolls or not, it is easy to see the craftsmanship and care put into creating Midnight Star. Patricia Rose is one of the best-respected names in doll design. Not only does she incorporate intricate detail and make her dolls extremely lifelike, but she offers a service rarely seen in the doll world: she provides instruction on how to make your own dolls. For a number of years now, Patricia Rose has provided lovers of the craft with guides and materials for how to construct dolls out of polymer clay and porcelain. If you love dolls but want to do more than just admire the completed product, Patricia Rose may very well be your best resource to learn how to pursue your passion. The Treasure Tour is home to a number of different Patricia Rose dolls, but what stands out about Midnight Star is that Rose collaborated with Rustie to create her. To learn more about Rustie, you will just have to check back in tomorrow....

ANSWER:  C). Blue. This is due to the lack of anthocyanidine pigment delphinidin.  As if we had to explain that to you!  The other one is black.