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
This is Iris and Retta (short for Loretta, of course...). Just finshed Retta up yesterday. Love those vintage flowers she wears in her hair. They are off to visit Sharon Renninger's in Kutztown, Pa. Did you know that their B I G Antiques and Collectables Extravaganza (23rd ~ 25th) is next weekend? Lots of 'tiques and prim goodies, for sure!
Oh, and this is little Mazie. She and Indigo and Lily will be joining them. Hmmm, I smell a tea party coming on ......