I love fabric. I combine clay, paint, and other mediums with needle, thread and cloth to create whimsical characters in fine form. I've made up a few really intriguing techniques over the years, and share them on my blog. A few of my dolls have been published in magazines including Art Doll Quarterly, Soft Dolls and Animals, and books by leading cloth doll artist/authors Patti Culea and Li Hertzi. I have a few instructional patterns for sale, and I dream of authoring a "serious" doll making book someday.
I reside in Brooklyn, NY. I've moved around a bit over the past decade, having spent some time in Israel and Seattle, WA.
It all started back in high school, when I had a sewing class in the
12th grade. My mother was complaining about how it was such a "waste"
to buy a pattern, fabric, interfacing, lining, zipper, and the whole
nine yards for a skirt that would "never come out anyway." Most of the
girls in that class didn't finish their project, but my mom ended up
wearing mine to work! That experience stayed with me through the years.
When my daughters were very young, I couldn't resist
dressing them like adorable little dolls. I made them the most adorable matching dresses in the world, and they were everyone's sweethearts. My creativity seemed endless, and I never grew tired of sewing. I did get very tired of cleaning ketchup and soup off
their dresses though... until I realized that I could make "real" dolls instead!"
It wasn't long before I discovered the wonderful online doll artist community, and was invited by Patti Culea to participate in her book, Creative Cloth Doll Faces. I was so flattered and full of confidence because of Patti, much like I felt in high school. Over the years, I've become completely enamored by this art form, and the rest is history!"