I have been making dolls since I can remember. Any bit of paper or fabric would fuel my imagination. When my children were young, I would create dolls from the characters in their favorite books.
Why do you make dolls?
Doll making is a wonderful outlet for using a combination of many of my favorite crafts. I can incorporate sculpting, bead work, sewing, drawing and fabric flowers in the process.
What inspires you?
I am a self taught artist. I think doll makers gather inspiration from experiences they have accumulated throughout their lives. Every book I have read, every pattern I have sewn, every class I have taken, every picture I have drawn, is in each doll I make. They are the end result of who I am as an artist.
Where do you get the doll heads?
All the dolls are my own design. I don’t use patterns or molds. I sculpt the heads, hands and feet of my characters freehand using polymer clay. I don’t use patterns or molds.
Are the dolls painted?
All the colors come from the clay. I blend different clay blocks to get just the right shade. Many of the details such as eyes, flowers and leaves are beads and layered bits of clay.
Where do you get your ideas for creating dolls?
Sometimes it is the cloth, sometimes it is a special fabric flower that sparks the creation of a new doll. Holiday characters such as Father Christmas, Santa, Snowmen, Valentine Fairies, Easter Bunnies, Pumpkin Head dolls & Witches are natural design choices. Some of my best creations come from special order requests.
How long does it take to make a doll?
That one is hard to answer. I like to say it takes 1 hour and 21 years of experience to sculpt the clay parts. I have been creating polymer dolls since 1993 and never get tired of the variety it inspires.