New Directions in Black Western Studies (CFP)

Miquel Juarez, another amazing El Pasoan, posted an email he received this week. Congratulations, Miguel. We love you!!

The Official Blog of the Western Literature Association

New Directions in Black Western Studies

Western History Association Conference

Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, San Diego, California

01-04 November 2017


We are seeking proposals for the 57th Western History Association Conference workshop and American Studies Special Issue: “New Directions in Black Western Studies.”

Though several scholarly historical treatments of Blacks in the North American West exist, few engage with what Black Western Studies means in a contemporary context. Over the past decade there has been a return to the west in intellectual and artistic production at a rate not seen since the 1970s. Several critically acclaimed television series, films, music albums, and literary texts are rooted firmly in western historical legacies. Likewise, the relationship between Blackness and western geographical and cultural identity has been explored in various disciplinary genres. From film, music, literature, and art to theatre, architecture, and museum studies, These possibilities drive several questions undergirding…

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Nigel Chia does couture in 1/4 scale.

If you have not already enjoyed the videos of Nigel Chia, treat yourself to a half hour of joy and inspiration. Nigel has been doing collections for women and high end fashion dolls for five years starting in 2012.

Even though Nigel graduated as both a veterinarian and a fashion designer, he has moved into the world of fashion based on his passion for the work. His website, Nigel Chia, says, “Starting with the release of our Capsule collection 2015, “Papier Merveilles”, we are pleased to announce that Nigel Chia is officially starting up his own fashion line as a fashion director.”

“Within this role, Nigel will maintain direct influence over the creative direction of our three lines: ready-to-wear, bridal (measure to made) & DeMuse doll (high fashion 16’ collectable doll).

His atelier looks wonderful and if you are planning a trip to Malaysia, perhaps you would be lucky enough to encounter Nigel.


Take a look at some of his fabulous creations.

Nigel chia top 2017

But make sure you take a few minutes to watch the videos that Nigel puts on YouTube. These are videos of Nigel creating the most gorgeous gowns, dresses, tops and coats for the DeMuse fashion dolls. They are fun to watch for the artistry of the video as well as the fabulous fashion designs. Nigel’s designs for dolls are delightful and perhaps even more amazing than his women’s wear because a doll can wear anything!

And there are many more of these short videos… here is one more but look at his channel for more beauty. This video is art for art’s sake.

And one more that we had to share. Enjoy

We had to come back and share one more video that YouTube offered up for us. It is 7.5 minutes of incredible fashions for high end fashion dolls. The video moves fast and we found it to be very inspirational. We hope you agree.

The video is posted by DIY MANUALIDADES PLUS -JM and the info says, “Beautiful Dé Muse high fashion doll by Nigel Chia fashion designer. These dolls are 16 inches tall and look very realistic like a real top model woman. I hope you like this compilation of pictures Hermosas Dé Muse muñecas a la moda hechas por Nigel Chia un diseñador de moda estas muñecas miden 16 pulgadas de altura, paresen casi reales como una modelo top. Espero les guste esta recopilation de fotografias.”

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Toy Fair 2017- As Seen From YouTube

Source: Toy Fair 2017- As Seen From YouTube

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What next?

We hope you have missed us. Where the heck have we been? Well, just about everywhere but here. We have determined to be more diligent about posting since there is really so much great stuff going on out there.

For today, we are going to leave you with this YouTube video from 2008 (which now seems like long ago.) Is time really passing faster or being elongated? Well, this video points out that beginning college students in a technical career can count on half of what they learn as a Freshman being outdated by the time they are Juniors. However, remember that some information stays relevant for decades, even eons.

So what you are learning today may not matter in ten years – or will it? We think anything learned adds to a base of knowledge upon which you can build and build and build. Enjoy

It is now June 2017 and below is an updated version of the same video. It is great to watch both and see some of the growth of Facebook, Twitter, and more.

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On their way Home…

Production brings such satisfaction! Great work from Maryann Roy.

Maryann Roy -"Welcome Home": Neo Retro Furnishings & Set Design in 1:6 scale

As you may know, I was busy over the holiday break making pieces from my “Shelf Life” sale.

All orders have been completed and are on their way to their new Homes.

It is quite satisfying and fulfilling to see a compilation of my hard work and that is why,at the end of a sale, I like to take some photos before the pieces go on their way.

I’m not sure what I may be offering next, but thinking about it and pondering what I may want to tackle is part of the adventure.

Until next time – Cheers!


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Welcome Home  – “Add a little LIFE to your display”

* Welcome Home is a registered/trademark business. All content including designs, photos and text are the property of the Artist, Maryann Roy, and may not be copied or used…

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It’s all tied up…

While surfing around for sarongs and pareos, we found an interesting dress of twenty dresses. We all loved the mesmerizing tying of the straps. The music itself is a joy. Someone around here used to fall to sleep each night as a youngster to the sound of that particular piece. It was the theme song played at the end of the chamber music hour on that 1950s clock radio. We all stayed awake through this video. Watch it.

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EcoChic says it all

This “thread” will be very enjoyable to watch. EcoChic Design Award 2013. We are happy to say we picked the same designer as the judges. We think …. Oh, wait, no spoilers… Well, take less than five minutes to watch for yourself.

Here is a 45 minute video of the 2014/2015 EcoChic Design Finalists. The video description (Show Less) – make sure to Click Show More to see who wins, etc.

“Published on Jan 22, 2015

Ten talented emerging designers originating from Asia and Europe battled it out at The EcoChic Design Award 2014/15 at HKTDC World Boutique Hong Kong Fashion Week on 21 January 2015 to a 500 influential industry and a global live-streamed audience via”

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