As a child I painted and created things with my hands. I’m continually amazed at what one can make from found materials, things on-hand and around the house.
My first doll was made from a stuffed sock with yarn hair, glued-on buttons and bits of left over lace from my mother’s sewing kit, and a face painted with a magic marker.
Today, it’s a different story.
It began the Christmas of 2013 when my husband and I visited our good friends in Elizabeth and Davy in BC Canada, I noticed a cute little doll propped up against a window with a familiar texture. I didn’t know what it was made out of or called but it triggered memories from my past.
When I was young I had a favorite book about a princess and a white swan. The illustrations are from photos of the princess, a doll with a texture identical to the one Elizabeth had made. I always wondered what that texture was until Elizabeth told me that it was a needle felting doll. That was my inspiration and this body of work arose from it.
Besides Needle Felting, I'm also producing hand dye/painted doll hair. I sourced out raw Wensleydale and Teeswater fleece and hand process them to the beautiful end result. All my fantasy doll hair are OOAK dyed/painted. They are available in my etsy store.
As if that's not enough, I'm venturing into the world of BJD.