I’m a wife; mother of four children; and proud granny to one lovely granddaughter. I’ve been sculpting dolls and character figures since 2011/12. I’m very slow, partly because I travel between Singapore and London a lot.
Throughout my life I’ve always been creative, mainly confined to drawing and sketching during my childhood and young adult years. I have taken up many “hobbies/arts and crafts” over the years, including painting children’s furniture; making lampshades; and hand painting tee-shirts. Just before I discovered the world of art dolls, I took an introductory class to glass making. Had I not stumbled into the world of art dolls, that is probably the direction I would have taken.
My granddaughter is the reason that I got into sculpting art dolls. She became interested in fairies, and I wanted to buy her something for her birthday, but couldn’t find anything nice in the shops. I turned to eBay and was immediately hooked on seeing the work of Patricia Rose. Being reasonably artistic, I thought, “I bet I can do that”. Famous last words. It took me 6 months before I could produce even the most rudimentary head. Very slowly, I’ve improved and have loved every part of the doll-making journey so far. I’ve learnt to crochet from YouTube; sew outfits; make eyes, shoes and wings; learnt to hand-knot wigs, and other wigging methods; and even how to root hair into clay. Phew!! Even looking at that list makes me tired. This is an art form that is never boring. It has become a passion, and I love to try and make everything for the dolls I create. I hope to have many more years of creating dolls of every kind.
I have had my work featured in Pretty Toys magazine September 2014.
You can see my dolls on my Facebook page under Carmel M. Ooi, and also find me on Pinterest under that name. I don’t have a website, but can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org you’d like to see more of my work.