Hello,... after spending the past twenty-some years as a painter, working in various mediums, I have found, through a creative journey,... the wonderful art of dollmaking. In making dolls, I not only get to paint, but sculpt, AND work with the antique and vintage fabrics that I love. I first started making dolls just for myself, to accent my antiques, I create each one individually as if it were for my own home. Each doll is hand sculpted in fabric and Paperclay. They take at least 50 hours to complete, so as to give a personality of their own. No moulds are ever used and no two dolls are exactly alike. Many (enjoyable) hours are spent choosing dress fabrics, hair and accessories so that they all blend and compliment each other. I use only antique and fine reproduction fabrics. Hand sewing, which I really enjoy is used wherever possible. Usually, their clothing is unremovable ( especially if the fabric used is quite old), as I regard my dolls as finished sculptures and NOT meant as children's toys. Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I have enjoyed creating them. You are also welcome to view more of them on my Facebook Folk Art Doll page.
This blog is dedicated to my daughter, Amy. When she read it for the first time, she said that that reading my words calmed her...hah! I laughed. I couldn't imagine anyone saying that to me, least of all someone in my family! Sometime, I will have to tell you all about how Amy and I met... Love you, Sweetie
But I would rather be making dollies. Much less fattening too. So I'm working on some for the new year. This Izzy is about 15". I just love the tiny print fabric. Had so much fun with this one, (eventhough I completely made the dress a second time...just didn't like the fit of the first).. I'm working on some more....
Oh, and BTW, Sally got her legs today. I don't know about other dollmakers... Is it proper to make their underclothes first? I can hardly wait to pick the dress fabrics and design the dress. I thought, the brown flower stripe would make a nice pinafore, the blue in it matching her bonnet... so except for the Izzy up here, I usually make unders last.... more dolly updates to come....
Not sure what style clothing to give this young lad yet...
Just a few house pix here.
Yes, this is a potty chair and it is in my living room...everyone needs a conversation piece ( it probably, originally was in someone's large old, plumbingless bedroom). I actually saw on an old HGTV show, where someone used two just like it at a hutch table in their breakfast room! (It's realy very comfortable!) .... The beautifully carved, claw-foot Chippendale candlestand and the Hepplewhite table were made by my dear, talented husband. Ok, I confess my decor is a mixture of periods and styles, but each piece is very special to me. And, yes, I have to enlarge and paint the boring woodwork and do some more stenciling, but then I wouldn't get in my studio for at least month.....later,
I do love old lithographed toys and books. These wonderful old books belonged to my husband's great, great grandfather, Artie. I love looking through their delicate pages and seeing the stories and illustrations.
The hand written inscriptions inside the books date from the 1870's.
All we know about Artie, is that he was raised by two spinster aunts in one of the Stone Row houses pictured here. And, since it was very rare for a child to receive so many books as gifts at that time, I'm sure they spoiled him. The books are full of, not only nursery rhymes, but illustrated adventure stories. They must have really fueled his imagination, because it is told, that as a young man he ran off to join the circus that came to town.
The book in this last picture, the Christmas book, was given to Artie in December of 1886. In my Picturetrail, you will find a photo of the doll that he inspired.