ABOUT ME

Everyone should have an obsession.  Everyone needs that "something" that makes them feel something.  For many it's likely their morning coffee.  It took me a few years to realize that no matter what- my interest was less about what I was creating- and more about the process of creating.  That process, and the end result, is sort of my caffeine. 

My shop is just an extension of that feeling.  I do love creating for the dolls. Creative people are often times misunderstood.  That goes double for people who surround themselves with dolls.   I realized two things from early on:  don't give credit to those who sit in judgement and secondly, play to your strengths. I feel I have fully embraced both tenets. 

So how did I get from there to here?   I feel very fortunate that I am able to work at home, taking care of my two school aged girls.   When my youngest was very small I received an American Girl catalog in the mail.  When American Girl debuted back in 1986, I was 16.  I had a very different obsession back then.  So when I received that catalog a few years back (was likely 2003),  I was oblivious.... but I poured over that catalog like I was 10 again.  I wanted to be 10 again.  I wanted to order one of everything,  but reality hit me, and I succumbed to being an adult.   I realized quickly that being an adult had it's privileges.  Why couldn't I order one of everything?  In the end, no I did not order one of everything, but I did turn that corner- from being an observer, to being a collector.   

Naturally, somewhere along the line I realized that my dolls could be my muse.  When I was 10, I had my fashion dolls as my outlet.  I would draw dresses for them and set up scenes.  So, in some ways I suppose I am 10 again.  

In truth, I did not pick up a bar of polymer clay until about 8 years ago.  My focus had always been on designing, sewing and creating scenes for the dolls.  My girls and I noted that American Girl's food was a little lackluster in almost every way possible: texture, color, size, composition. Our dolls were very hungry for something more palatable.   So I started tinkering.  And it quickly became an obsession.  My first attempts were honestly not that great.   The perfectionist in me took over, knowing there was a whole lotta room for improvement.   When my girls were both finally in school, and I had the day to myself, I came to realize that I could utilize those strengths of mine- combining my love of creating, my love of writing, and my love of dolls and turn it into that something for me.  


2 comments:

  1. What types and brands of clay do you recommend?
    - American Girl Doll Artist

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  2. I use FIMO mostly, as I find it easiest to work with and bakes consistently.

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