I have been working hard on my craft since 2004, and I think I have a skill level that shows in my work. I am the do over queen and there are many heads without bodies to suggest that these mistakes drive me to the perfect end. The finished doll always seems to lead to the next doll, one is born out of another. This is why I love making dolls. It is the air I breathe and pretty much defines me. I am a doll maker.

This may sound strange but these bodiless heads and headless bodies speak to me. I have control over the parts and pieces individually, but the position involved in the connection is revealed at the moment the pieces touch one another for the first time. The head moves me to sew it in a certain pose, same with the hands and arms. The whole doll forms itself to be expressive according to its idea of itself.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

We're Waiting

Patiently my dolls have been waiting for me to feel better. I tell myself I will feel better and I do as I get back to work on these dolls. Both girls have hair and I love the look they give me now of wanting me to finish them. I will, I will............I will give them their arms, their hands and their bad ass shoes, no feet............

They will be finished with their outfits complete and hopefully I will have made it through this bad time.

We will see you then.............

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


I am sick, my body is betraying me,
and this is how I feel about it all

I am blind
I am trapped in a house
With room after room
The walls are long
And the doors are secrets
My hands push as I move down the walls
Finally the wall opens up
And in my relief I rush forward
Only to slam into another wall
And now I hear
The door behind me close

Monday, January 26, 2009

Louie, Louie

The head of Louie was my first sculptural sewing project. I love faces. Paintings, sculptures and even people's faces, all capture my attention. In 2004, I decided to place my lazy self in front of my sewing machine and really find my creative voice. I sewed lots of bad flat stuff that I just threw away. I was very sad and almost had given up on myself, but I noticed this small piece of art on my wall that was in the comic book style of Roy Lichtenstein. Just the faces of a man and a woman. Mostly about the eyes and mouth. That inspired me to take the leap into a third dimension with my work.

Louie's head developed from a stuffed shape skull. All the features are stuffed fabric. The eyes, mouth and nose were added to create Louie's face. His hair is a bunch of yellow pizza shapes sewn onto his head.

You may wonder why I would stop at just the head? Well, it is the rest of the body that would freak me out. A head alone floating in a box just makes sense............... Less is More.

So Louie was my first. I love him. You always love your first the best..................

Friday, January 23, 2009

Watching Her Hair Grow

There is something very attractive about those bald heads my dolls always start off with. Maybe one day I will attempt a bald headed doll, but these girls are getting a wonderful head, full of a wine colored hair. One girl at a time. The other is forced to watch, probably feeling a bit tortured standing there with just her scalp cap. Soon my dear, soon.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Will You Indulge Me?

From 1992

I painted this piece in quick movements that were brought about by an emotional state that was far more destructive than productive. It just proves that art is a great place to release your demons into. After I created this, I looked at it and asked myself "what the heck is that about?" So then I wrote down my answer.....................

I find hollow eyes and a gaping mouth
Cold long arms that fall weakly alongside
I find disillusionment is victor
These are the bleached bones of a tormented soul
Crying for the end

Monday, January 19, 2009

New Etsy Listing

This art doll was created in early 2008. I think while making this doll I started learning how seams and pleats could produce a fuller shape and also a form fitted shape to the clothing. I will be honest, I never sewed clothing before these dolls, but my mother has great knowledge about the artistry. Without her I would have gone no where as a doll artist because of frustration. She probably doesn't realize her great importance to my success. So I thank you Mother. You brought me into this world and through our relationship you have given me guidance and knowledge to help me succeed in finding my purpose and passion as an artist. It has been difficult Mother, but I love you.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Two New Dolls to Make

With these two girls, I decided to add a bustline. They have got curves all day long now. This will be fun. I love stretchy knit fabrics, because they show off curves so well. I found this great brown and pink stripe that I have to incorporate. Not sure about the pants yet being the stripe.

I have added some photos of my stages of progress. First, I always start with my torso pattern and after it is sewn I stuff it and then I cover my dowels with batting to make the legs. I have extra batting at top to create the curves of the hip area. I cut 2 holes in the torso to shove the legs into and then pull the corners of the torso in toward the mid area to make a rounder bottom. The extra batting is pulled tight up over the hips and sewn. I have this heavy fabric that I sew to make an under pant leg. This also has extra fabric that gets pulled over the batting at the hip to create a smooth curvaceous bottom..................................

Her boobs start off as 2 some what pizza slice shape pieces of knit that are sewn together and turned and I cut a slit in the back and stuff with polyfill. I pin these in place and sew on to the doll.

Are these two girls the craziest looking pieced together women you ever saw? Dolls always have a Frankenstein phase they go through. Fear not clothing is soon to appear............................

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

"Remembrance" listed at my Etsy Store

"Remembrance" is now for sale at my Etsy Store.
Please take a look at her and all my other Art Dolls.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Red is Where the Heart is Broken

These girls are coming along. One almost has all her hair. The boots are being made and Red has found its place in the pieces.

I was not sure if their expressions were going to tell the torment, but then I realized that this is what I did. I pretended with a sort of smile on my face. I never wanted to reveal that my heart was breaking................

What kind of fool was I?
Never Again..............?