Like reading a great book, making a doll has the ability to transport you to another place for a while, to develop your mind, reach through and touch you from the inside. Sometimes we need something unusual and different from our regular routine because it can go a long way to brighten a dreary day. Or week. Or month or longer - like when it comes to being on a stay-in-place quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Just in case you found this post accidentally, or opened it because the title seemed a little shocking - wait. Don't go.I want you to meet someone. Please meet Dianne Nicole Joy. She is a transgender boy-to-girl doll with a very pensive expression and a [true] story to tell.
Today is Monday -- Memorial Day -- and a perfect day to finish up a doll. Here she is! Her name is Anaïs (ah-nah-eese), and she's made entirely of fabric.She's definitely eccentric. With oversized 3D fabric eyes, petite delicate hands, wild fabric hair, an enormous collar and fancy royal outfit, this doll is some sort of eclectic mix between Persian Princess and Quilted Cartoon Queen. Anaïs loves orchids, plump plumes, the color magenta, and banana sandwiches. What's not to love?
Please meet Avigayil, a sweet steampunk-inspired doll with timeless charm. Avigayil is a 25"cloth doll, lovingly and carefully "done up" with a variety of mediums, paints, and varnishes to achieve a mock porcelain look.
This is my rendition of Betty Boop, a classy cartoon made into a doll. She is made with fabric and intricately painted in acrylic paint. You will notice that Betty still needs some shoes. That's okay. We like each other because we both like to go around the house with bare feet once in a while. Betty will get new shoes later. I think she is as adorable as could be, with or without the shoes! The Doll Makers Muse version of a vintage Betty Boop pattern is
Bibbie is a "blank slate" doll created for a Traveling Doll Project. She'll travel around other artists through the mail. Each artist will add something to Bibbie as she goes, interpreting her according to their artistic vision, and write in an art journal. Eventually she will return completed, and the journal will be filled. The thing I love about Bibbie the most right now is her tutti-frutti hair. It has been floating around my stash for quite some time now (several years, actually), and I am so excited because I think it's a perfect starting point for her. What a personality it gives her, wouldn't you agree?