I never really grew out of playing with dolls. As a child, I would collect scraps of fabric from around my house to sew little dresses for my dolls. In college, I was given a fairy art doll by my grandfather, and was enchanted. I made a few dolls of my own while researching the art doll community, and was happy to discover a market for an art form I’d been unknowingly working in since childhood.
I started out by creating art dolls based on my favorite fairy tales, but soon expanded to creating dolls inspired by all of my favorite stories and literary works – of which there are many! I also often make up little stories about my doll’s life and personality as I work. I think it’s that touch of nostalgic magic and make-believe that continues to draw people to dolls, even after they’re grown up.
Making dolls combines my love for sewing, sculpting, and painting with the joy of creating new characters, each with their own life and story. All of my art dolls are one of a kind, and the process of creating a single doll can take months.
Each doll is entirely hand sculpted and stitched from my own pattern, painted with oil or watercolors, and brought to life with tiny hand-stitched outfits and carefully crafted accessories. Whether it’s fingernails on an itty bitty finger, or the hands to a tiny watch face, no detail goes unnoticed!