• Guest Artist Sophia Paraskevopoulou

    Sophia Paraskevopoulou was born in 1982 in Athens in Greece. She entered the magical world of painting because of her father, during her childhood, her father gave her watercolours, pencils and paper on the kitchen table and challenged her to explore her imagination and creativity. That period was almost a rite of passage which cultivated Sophia’s need for expression and sealed her profound love for painting. In the course of her first degree in mechanical engineering she realized, once again, her passion and fervor for art and, in particular, painting; she was going to be an artist. Sophia studied in ASFA from 2004 until 2009 where she was taught painting and…

  • Guest Artist Virginie Ropars

    Guest Artist Virginie Ropars shares with us her journey into doll making! A little background on Virginie before we start her interview: Born in Brittany (France) in 1976. Virginie Ropars figures are in between sculpture, illustration and character design. She primary expressed her inner world in drawings while she worked as a 2D/3D graphic artist for computer games and TV cartoon industry. Virginie’s work is shown throughout Europe in art galleries and art shows and also in United States and Russia. Her work has been featured in many magazines and publications. She won several awards in France and in the United States. She is a member of the advisory board…

  • Guest Artist Gayle Wray

    We are so please to have cloth doll maker Gayle Wray as our guest this month. Gayle tell us a little about yourself and your doll making process. I create vintage inspired, articulated, all-cloth, dolls, using Kona quilting cotton for the entire doll. I’ve developed a uniquely sculpted face and body pattern that follows the natural curves of the face and body. I began making cloth dolls with the intent to see how far I could take the art. I feel I’ve barely scratched the surface of what is ultimately possible. I love working with fabrics, I lean towards natural fibers and I like to experiment with unusual materials. Ultimately, I wanted to create…

  • Art Dolls Only Member Spotlight with Myriam Powell

    My name is Myriam. I’m a self taught artist who loves art, music, antiques, and learning about people and their culture. One of the reasons why I’m here in Etsy is I love the fusion of different cultures and countries communicating through their amazing art. I grew up in Colombia, South America surrounded by many talented people who helped instill in me a deep respect and admiration for handmade. In my family for example, my brother was an amazing painter and fashion designer. My mom, who has the most gifted hands, always inspired me through her painting, sewing, and knitting. I am passionate about Art Doll making, sculpting, and needle…

  • Guest Artist Kerry Howard Schmidt

    Kerry Howard Schmidt of Paper Moon Gallery creates whimsical needle felted characters, she has been creating some form of art for nearly 40 years. Kerry began creating at an early age, being taught wood carving and sculpting in bread dough by her mom at an early age. Kerry draws inspiration from being a mom and living in a household with four dogs, a bunny, turtle and two lizards! Kerry spends a great deal of time on each of her characters, the face and eye in particular, she tells us “the eyes are the heart and soul” of her characters so she works hard to get them just right so they…

  • My life as a doll artist by Guest Artist Neva Waldt Image working

    This month we are so pleased to have Neva Waldt as our Guest artist of the month!  Neva is a National Institute of American Doll Artists member who has been creating dolls since 2004, her dolls are instantly recognisable for a number or reasons, but looking at one of her dolls, you have to do a double take to make sure they aren’t breathing!  Neva begins by telling us a little about  herself and how she came to be a doll maker: A friend once told me that a creative person will implode if they do not create. I thoroughly agree. For me, the process is the reward. I have…

  • Spotlight interview with Art Dolls Only member Ioanna Tsouka of “Anima ex Manus”

    This month we are excited to share with our readers our very own mistress of the dark, doll maker and Art Dolls Only member Ioanna Tsouka of “Anima ex Manus”. We asked Ioanna to share a little about herself and her wonderful gothic style dolls: I’m Ioanna Tsouka, a teacher for children with disabilities by day, but I moonlight as a doll maker.  Each one of my pieces is handmade and unique, telling their own tales “of woe and misfortune”. What I love most about my work is the connection that creates between me and the world, my collectors and everyone that supports and encourages my artistic endeavours. It’s truly…

  • Art Dolls Only Guest Artist Spotlight Zombienose

    For those who know him best he is a gentle and kind character, secretly optimistic. It is said that his work offers endless comfort among the souls that are never quite sane in the night. Hailing from the depths of nowhere he derives inspiration from the unloved, the hopeless, the dreamless, disenchanted, dispossessed, and neglected. A master of macabre rhymes and morose artwork with a splatter of whimsy, Zombienose welcomes all who wander into his murky world… Q. How long have you been making dolls, and what kind of art dolls do you create? A. I first created my Zombienose artwork in 2006 and haven’t stopped since. Most of the…

  • Art Dolls Only Member Spotlight: Debbie Court of Llunio: papier mâché creations

    I studied music at university and have spent my working life in the Arts – first as a music teacher, then in arts marketing and education with the internationally renowned Welsh National Opera and more recently in arts administration within various disability charities. In my spare time, but always running parallel to my professional musical activities, was a profound need to make art – to draw, paint and to craft jewellery.  I always enjoyed these activities but it wasn’t until I discovered papier mache that I experienced the intense pleasure I get when sculpting! I wake every morning to a desire to create something beautiful. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes…

  • Spotlight on Guest Artist Cindee Moyer

    Art Dolls Only is so pleased and honored to have The National Institute of American Doll Artists ( NIADA ) Vice President Cindee Moyer with us to kick off 2019. What a way to start the year! Cindee will be sharing a little about herself and her doll making journey with all of us. Q. What kind of Art Dolls do you create?  A. My dolls could probably be classified as fashion dolls. They resemble the fashion illustrator’s croquis in that the legs are much longer than normal. I have always loved haute couture and designing these costumes gives me a place to create them. (or my version of them!)…