With my background in art, design, theater, fashion, make-up, and costuming, (and my love for embellishment,) I feel all my skills are being utilized in doll making. These “characters” are fun and theatrical, and a bit over the top. My pieces have won awards in the “Sulky Thread” challenge, the “Treasures of the Gypsy” challenge, the “Hoffman Fabric” challenge, and the “Dimensions in Doll Making” show in San Diego.
I've been making a living creating costumes, masks, and hats for 25 years. I work in all mediums: television, stage, commercials, film, and theme parks.
Past jobs have included making hats and masks for a number of Broadway shows, (including “The Phantom of the Opera”); and making puppets for the Jim Henson Muppet Shop. Lately, I've been making fur and foam character costumes for theme parks (Universal Studios, Disneyland), children's videos, and corporations.
Doll making started for me while living in New York. Several art galleries regularly feature Art Doll shows, including some of the “classic” doll artists who have inspired me: Gail Lackey, William Wiley, Robert McKinley, Adnan Karabay, and my favorite doll artist: Van Craig.
My first pieces were sculpted completely of Paperclay. It's just been in the past years that I have worked in cloth. I'm now experimenting combining clay and cloth together. I'm also branching out and discovering fiber art dolls, making “goddess icons”.
I hope you enjoy.
"Even at age 3, I was a dapper, man-about-town."
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