Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February Interview with Emily Jackson

Emily is a gifted young  artist, seamstress, antiquer, doll collector, and college professor.  She helps run her family business, Jackson's Antiques, and her own Sugar Petal Studios.  She is a Pez authority, and has a diverse background, including an RN degree:  

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Mini Purses by Emily.  Fabric is Vintage, and often from Doll Clothes

When did you start collecting?

I started to collect Pez containers when I was five years old. I traveled with my parents out east going to flea markets my entire summer.

 We traveled to Pennsylvania, Maine, Maryland, Rhode Island, New York, and many other states looking for all sorts of antique items.

I am certain that I was bored quite often, so my mom convinced me to choose an item to start collecting… One of the very first booths that I walked  into I found a Bozo the clown Pez container. From then on, I was hooked. Since then, I have traveled all over the United States looking for  vintage Pez containers, and of course ,new ones too.
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Bag made from Vintage Flour Sack
Have your tastes changed over the years?.

Most definitely.  When I was about 10, my dad started making pottery figures. He made face jugs, Santa, snowman, and jack-o'-lanterns (to name a few).

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Easter Eggs by Emily's Dad, Robert Jackson.  Hand painted clay

He also made furniture and did elaborate oil paintings and watercolors. My mother made dolls and other folk art crafts. I was inspired by my parents and started making things along with them,  including dresses for dolls, and even doll forms. Currently, I've been taking vintage materials, including materials from old doll clothes, to make coin purses and other handbags.

What are your favorite types of dolls?

My favorite of all dolls are Mary Engelbreit dolls. However, I consider my Pez collection dolls too.

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Easter Figures by Robert Jackson

What are the characteristics that attract you to a certain doll?

I like that have the 1950s look. I love the dresses and the shoes.

Emily with Part of her Pez Collection, Lecturing at a Local Museum

Do you sew for your dolls?

Yes, I have sewn outfits for mini doll forms including folk art witches, jack-o'-lantern head dolls, and other folk art dolls.

Are you looking for anything in particular ?

Currently I'm still looking for dolls where I can utilize their old fabric to re purpose. I am also and always will be looking for pez containers.

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