Monday, January 23, 2012

The Weird and Wonderful World of Cloth Dolls

Dolls as toys and play things have been around, pretty much since children have existed. Dolls as works of art have been around as long as mankind has had imagination and the tools and technology to make them. Cloth or fabric has been around just along. Cloth dolls have progressed over many centuries to be more than mere scraps of cloth tied together or the rag dolls of your Grandmother's childhood memories. Many cloth dolls today are sculptures, portraits and range from simple to complex. Some are just plain weird.

Many doll artists are extremely skilled and talented needle sculptors. There are equally as many doll artists that can use pigments and dyes and pallets of paints to accentuate the best features of their dolls. And even more who are blessed with the ability to do all of the above amazingly well. 

I like to think of myself as an artist who is practiced in many techniques and mediums and master... er um mistress of none. Is it weird or wonderful?
Blue Mable

Zebra Ninja
Some dolls are based on characters the artist knows.
Amber Lynn 
Aunt Shirley

George O Malley

Mrs Winifred Dolly

Most of these are located in my shop. 

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