Saturday, February 28, 2015

Black History Month Tribute to Dr Maya Angelo

I carved a Hitty size of based on a childhood photo of Dr. Maya Angelo. I made the doll a quilt reflecting on highlights of the life of Dr. Angelo. Using various Hitty prints and a quote from Maya: " I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them "feel".  A lady who surmounted tremendous adversity to be a phenomenal woman indeed. Dr Maya Angelo was an author, poet, actress, artist and teacher who's personal journey still touchs our lives through the pages of her many books, I Know Why the Cages Bird Sings, Still I Rise, Phenomenal Women, Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now name a few.  We can transform our suffering into strength, love and healing as women of all races & cultures. Obviously Maya is a Phenomenal Woman has survived tremendous odds to a inspire others and to tells story's about her life that gives hope and a smile in a world filled with adversity. 

Dollmaking is so deeply personal for me because when I was a child in the  60's the dolls I liked and wanted to own were not made in a ethnic version. I had to "settle" for a doll that didn't look like me or represent my beauty or heritage. Being left out is the driving force behind my learning to sculpt and carve doll faces. As an black dollmaker I wanted to be able to express a voice that for centuries had been silenced. I have learned so much being a minority. It made me stretch! To reach for higher highs and be the best I can be. Today I have doll that reflect "ME". True i had to make them but they are blessing other people lives as well. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Doll for Immediate Adoption!

This doll was ordered by a customer for his daughter. When she was completed he decided he didnt want to pay for the doll. So that left her homeless...and she needs a loving home.

 Here is her story:

I am a Handmade cloth doll "inspired "by one of my favorite antique Dollmaker's Izannah Walker. I am not a reproduction...I have my own personality and style. My name is up to YOU to will be more personal that way! I am a big girl...30 inches tall. I was made for someone but at the last minute they said they couldn't take me. So I am now up for adoption...I need a home with someone who will love and appreciate me! 

I am a one of a kind handmade cloth doll. I have a certificate of authenticity, signed and dated by doll artist Alice Swann. All my clothes are removable and made from a variety of new and vintage clothing such as linens, cotton, ribbons & laces. I am made from cloth with a paperclay sculpted head. My body covering is a cotton print of tiny crosses with hearts. I am wearing a white floral linen dress along with a cotton pin tucked chemise trimmed with vintage lace. My bloomers are a floral cotton laura ashley print. I am wearing a necklace with a silver heart and the word "pray".  I am wearing a fabric flower in my hair along with knitted stocks and blue/white gingham shoes that tie with crinkled rayon ribbons. I carry my own extra pocket that is filled with "make your own bubble vials". My bonnet is special too is vintage white cotton trimmed with a gingham ruffle. I am all dressed to go to a Valentine party or just sit and enjoy your sweet smile.

I am sitting here already to be shipped and enjoyed. Shipping is "FREE"!If you live in the USA. Otherwise it will cost you shipping to fly me across the world. I would make a wonderful gift for someone special to you.....including yourself!

Please be advised that I am best suitable for adults as a collectable. 
I am made in a smoke-free environment.
I am available for purchase here: