1. When did you start collecting?
I actually started collecting in around 1995. over a period of several months I bought 3 home art dolls. very pretty to look at but of no commercial value I guess. I added these to a Maori doll given to me after I visited a friend in N.Z.
2, Have your tastes changed?
Yes. I started off only collecting antique German and French dolls, but later realized that dolls from the 30's through to the 50's are also beautiful dolls which I enjoy collecting.
|Beautiful Felted Diorama Jo helped to create|
3. What are your favorite dolls?
My favorite dolls? That is hard, as I think all dolls are beautiful, but as mentioned before, I love the old antique dolls, especially porcelain / bisque and composition. Within that group, I especially love to collect the small dolls from a few inches tall, up to about 13 inches. I have one little 7"A.M.390 that came with a head injury and no lower legs or feet. She was in original clothes. I have kept them, but made her new ones in the same style. It was a challenge making her legs and feet ,but I am quite proud of the end result as she can stand by herself .Also my repair abilities are self taught. I also love to collect baby dolls. I forgot to mention that I also love the modern reborn dolls and would love to have a go at making one some time.
Characteristics that draw me to a doll are the facial expression, especially the eyes.
|This is my little 7"A.M. 390 that I made new feet and legs for|
This is my first repair. She is an A. M. 390.
I found the beautiful purple silk fabric that I made her outfit from ,in an op shop. ( thrift shop
Yes , I do sew for my dolls. I started doing so when I was about 10. I used to love designing clothes, making the pattern , and then the clothes . I still do it when I have to, but these days I do have books and magazines with patterns included. I have also taught myself to make shoes.
|She is a lovely James Taft doll from 1905. She is wearing a lovely home made smocked frock|
I am not looking for anything in particular , but one day I would love to be able to afford a Jumeau.