Each of my dolls is one of a kind, and is completely designed and carefully crafted by myself. The dolls are made from cloth, and firmly stuffed. I paint the heads using traditional brush techniques. The heads are round, but the faces are flat, with the trompe l’oeil illusion of facial features created entirely with paint. Clothing is made from antique or vintage fabrics and trims.
I am inspired, awed, and ultimately set free by the huge history of oil painting, and by the American folk portraits.
I am also inspired by great doll makers of the past. You may see the influence of Izannah Walker, Kathe Kruse, the Columbian Doll and the Alabama Baby in my work.
New small cloth dolls Inspired by early wooden dolls
Six and three quarter inches tall, she is my smallest doll yet. She is dressed in all antique materials. Her skirt is gathered into her tiny waist with cartridge pleats.. Embroidered drawers, chemise, and red shoes complete her attire.
Eight inches tall, she is so nicely detailed I hated to cover her up, and so she is dressed only in her dimity drawers and red heeled shoes with real laces. She also has stitched fingers and a gold locket created with paint. Her painted hair is in tiny ringlets. With her long narrow waist she would be fun to dress, or to display as she is.
Inspired by a very small china doll, Arlette is eight inches tall. Dressed in green floral batiste and blue painted shoes.