If you have time for a long read, here’s a back story about me and the evolution of my craft. 💕…
This journey started in 2011. My mom and I decided we wanted to try our hand at making dolls. I focused on the doll form, while my mom focused on adorable outfits. My mom has been a seamstress since her teens and I’ve been an artist in one shape or form from my earliest memories. We originally set out to make dolls for children. While making a simple doll was enjoyable, my creative soul couldn’t help but take it further, and over the years my dolls evolved into a more sculpted form. As demand, supply cost and time/labor increased, the doll for a child became more of the doll for a collector. My mom continued to make clothing that became more detailed as well.
I have always loved sculpting. As a child I had my hands in clay and drawing supplies constantly. Later, during my high school ceramics classes, I almost daily sat and created clay faces. Most of the time, it was just a face. At one point I created a sculpture of a girl blowing a kiss. My teacher wanted to put it into a local art show which was exciting to me. And when a visitor to the show asked to purchase it I was really surprised. I created and sold tiny clay sculptures as a child, but looking back, this was the first instance where one of my sculpted “humans” was passed on for enjoyment to another person. I love the creative process. And I love sending off that creation to someone that connects with it.
For years I sculpted dolls that still had a simplicity to them. In 2013 I had an interest sparked in ball jointed dolls. There’s something special about the detailed character and movement. I created a posable natural fiber doll by felting over a wooden ball jointed figure. In 2014 My hands felt the need to hold clay again, and I sculpted a head using the ball jointed process, hollow, with glass eyes. While I will always love clay, there is something so unique about wool and fabric in a human “sculpture”. The warmth it has, the give of the head and body when it’s squished. The smell of natural fibers. They have an appeal I can’t fully describe that the colder and harder touch of clay, resin etc. doesn’t offer. This feeling led to further brainstorming on combining the movement of ball jointed dolls with the natural fibers I was currently using. Cloth dolls with bead joints have been around for ages, but the movement options of a true ball jointed doll with internal strings is what I was after. I wanted to create something beyond the felted doll I’d previously done in 2013. Something I could customize further. My thoughts took root in 2014/2015, but fully manifested in 2022. I had a long “break” of a few years from making dolls. This was never intentional. Life started to be too demanding in other areas and my capacity for this art form wasn’t able to thrive for a while. But the break was good for me in many ways. And I feel like that time refreshed my vision with my creations. Vision that was sparked from a “realistic” doll I created in 2016 with sculpted eyes and more highly detailed features, combined with the movements I’ve brainstormed for many years.
I’m still primarily using natural fibers, but these art dolls are the opposite to the realm that is associated with Waldorf inspired dolls, which is where my doll making began! However, I will always love the pure & simple doll and continue to bring variety to my creations. So please stay tuned for more dolls, ranging from Waldorf inspired, to highly detailed art dolls. 🙂