Pumpkin was my very special doll when I was six or so. She had red hair that I’d washed and played with so much it was matted. Her face was plastic, but she had a cloth body and a dress you could take on and off. She was my favorite.
I still love dolls and today I thought I’d share the work of several doll makers I’ve discovered recently. I hope you’ll like their work as much as I do, and perhaps buy a special doll from one of them, too.
Here we go!
1. Alia Grace
Alia Grace Diaz is a doll maker living in Philadelphia. She combines all different media in her work – sewing, knitting, drawing, and beading – and enjoys making fashionable clothing for each of her dolls, too.
I love the classic rag doll shape, and the hand-drawn tattoos. This picture with the mushrooms and the vintage hankie frame is amazing.
2. Humble Toys
Humble Toys is a handmade doll business by Anwen Sutherland, an Ontario-based artist. Like Alia Grace, Anwen combines all sorts of different media in her dolls (I love how dolls are like little canvases to be decorated).
Anwen has a particularly interesting business model. She makes a small batch of custom order dolls each month, posting in-progress pictures on Facebook as she makes them. Customers can select the color of the skin, hair, and general outfit details plus put in special requests like a mermaid tail or hat with cat ears.
3. AntonAnton Things
Leticia is an artist and doll maker living in Madrid. The simple body shapes and embroidered features on her dolls make them a perfect canvas for whimsical embellishment.
Browse through Leticia’s shop on Etsy and pick up a doll for someone special (or for yourself because you’re special, too, you know!).
Dolls are not only a blank canvas for the artist to decorate, they’re also a blank canvas for a child’s imagination.
Did you have a special doll as a child? Share a memory of it with me.