EDIT - Since the showcase opened this morning, several dolls listed on the website have now been sold. If you want a similar doll to one that has sold (bearing in mind that I never repeat exactly the same doll) please feel free to contact me.
Visit my page here....
An early casualty of the Coronavirus lockdown, the cancellation of the renowned Kensington Dollshouse Festival was a great disappointment to exhibitors and collectors alike.
However, thanks to technology, this weekend sees the first ever KDF online showcase, where artisan exhibitors, past and present, are able to show off their work.
As a previous KDF exhibitor, and workshop tutor, I know just how much work goes into preparing for the Festival, so it's lovely to have this opportunity to showcase my little dolls for dolls.
I've been making tiny dolls for over 30 years and am as much in love with them now as I was way back then. As a collector of miniatures, diminutive dolls tick many boxes, as they can exist in the most doll-phobic doll's house, portraying as they do, children's playthings rather than people.
My dolls are completely handmade, beginning life as a few thimblefuls of porcelain slip, then undergoing up to 6 kiln firings to transform them from fragile greenware to impermeable porcelain, complete with multiple china paint firings.
They have jointed arms and legs, which allow for movement....
Costumes are created using sumptuous silk fabrics, many of which I design myself and are professionally printed. Similarly, to achieve just the right shade I often hand dye silk ribbons, trimmings and lace to complement specific outfits.
Dolls have silk underwear, dainty leather-soled shoes and lace petticoats, while dresses and jackets are carefully fitted onto the tiny dolls.
Finally, I use delicate ringlets and curls to create elaborate coiffeurs, often finished off with be-ribboned and feathered hats and bonnets.
Once complete, I make a colour-coordinated box with illustrated lid, which is lined with tissue paper and the doll is nestled inside. Each doll also comes with its own signed and dated Certificate of Authenticity.
I often make little dolls based on wonderful original dolls discovered on Pinterest, using the photos as inspiration.....
|Images of original costumes form inspiration for tiny dolls|
|Colours are as closely matched as possible|
|Vintage Mourning Doll!|
Not all dolls are listed on my website yet, but may be available to purchase, so if you see something you like simply contact me and I'll let you know if I have it.
Prices for dressed dolls range from £35-£60 and I am happy to offer layaway payments for up to 3 months.
|Shades of lilac and lavender.....|
|Shades of blue....|
|Scarlet, crimson and vermilion....|
|Blues, from pale aqua to cornflower...|
|Pretty in pinks....|
|Old gold, peach and sunshine yellow...|
|Autumnal shades of russet, sage and leaf green...|
|Plum, mauve and amethyst....|
|Early 19th century china and parian dolls|
|Silk and vintage lace....|
|Pretty pale pastels|
I am also willing to take commissions.... perhaps you want a miniature copy of a doll that you had as a child, or saw while browsing Pinterest. Just contact me to discuss your requirements.
Visit my page here....
EDIT - Since the showcase opened this morning, several dolls listed on my website have now been sold. If you want a similar doll to one that has sold (bearing in mind that I never repeat exactly the same doll) please feel free to contact me.