Three of my dolls are in a show at
East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
June through August 5, 2016
Opening is June 11 4:00-6:00 pm
“Shaping Lives: The Transformative Power of the Figure.”
The focus of this exhibit will be on the doll’s unique form or figure,
but, in addition, it will seek to feature artists that use this art form
to create a visual voice – to tell a story, initiate a debate, make a
statement or simply carry a message that would help educate,
empower and /or change the life of another.
Click here to see the poster I created and more about
the story of Finding Pomegranate
Next Year Long Class starts
January 15, 2017
Go HERE to check out details about the class!
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Video of an art show at Robbin Art Gallery in Minnesota in 2010.
Please note: I am in process of redesigning my website while I am getting my book,
The Transformative Art of Healing Dolls:
A Guided Process Making Art Dolls for Self Discovery, Awareness and Healing
ready for publication.
Here's the working cover for my upcoming book
Artist, Teacher, Mentor, Coach
Guiding, modeling, mentoring and supporting women toward reconnecting with their intuition, bodies, emotions and wisdom using creative processes.
Come Home to Your Self
I teach how to make figurative, symbolic, meaningful sculptures and art that allow a woman to embrace, nurture, and connect with her feminine wholeness, wisdom and power.
Here's an interview from 2013 when I taught at Moontree Studios in Donaldson, Indiana.
Healing Doll Maker and Teacher
A true healing doll does not heal you; the doll simply reflects back to you your innate capacity to heal.
She is a reflector, or a loving transparency.
A true healing teacher does not teach you; she does not see you as inherently separate from her. She simply reflects back your own inner knowing, and reminds you of the vastness of your being. She is a mirror, a signpost.
And love is the space in which all of this is possible; love heals, and we learn best in a loving field, no threat of failure, no punishment.
Inspired by adapted from Jeff Foster
In the meantime check out an article written in Minnesota Women's Press Magazine
The Thread of Emotion
Barb Kobe's healing dolls transfer feelings from the inside to the outside.
by Norma Smith Olson
from the article
"She works with archetypes and concepts such as guardians, scapegoats, loving kindness, talismen and inner healers. She uses a process called visual journaling--first creating flat images with watercolor or collage to epict an emotion or a story, and then creating a three-dimensional doll or figure."
"I believe that making a figure--that you can hold in your hand--will mirror some aspects of yourself. It is really more powerful and transformative than making a flat drawing."