• 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…

  • MASKED & MYSTERIOUS Art Dolls Only Challenge : January – April 2019

    Art Dolls Only Challenge : January – April 2019 MASKED & MYSTERIOUS ‘Behind every mask is a face, and behind that, a story…” All doll makers are invited to create a doll inspired by the theme “Masked & Mysterious” – any style, any medium, any technique . *This is not a competition. We’d love to see you post your progress. Visit the facebook page during January-April for updates*Post images of your doll by 9 April . Please do not hesitate to ask any questions about the challenge please contact us here on our website, on our facebook page or pm Wilma Simmons on facebook, please be patient for a reply,…

  • 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 with Elettra Land

    This month we are so pleased to introduce you to Art Dolls Only Member Palma Battaglia aka: Elettra Land.  Elettra, can you give us a little background about yourself? I’m 45 years old, I live in Italy, I’m an employee and sculpting dolls is my hobby, I’m self self-taught in sculpting dolls, I didn’t attend any art school. Q. Elettra, Please tell us how long you’ve been making Art Dolls and the type of dolls you create. A. I started to sculpt ooak art dolls in January 2011 when I was searching for a tutorial of miniature food, I found a doll making video, and fell in love with this…

  • 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!)…

  • Art Dolls Only Fabric and Trim Swap

    This is the first Swap of the year for Art Dolls Only members and followers! To get us all back in the swing of things for a new year, lets make this one sweet and simple. For the most part, most doll makers use fabric and trim for some element of their doll making. For this swap we’d like to have you swap at least half a yard/metre of fabric, this can be done in 1/8 or 1/4 pieces for variety if you like as long as your total is 1/2 yard/metre. A piece of pretty lace or trim of at least 1 yard/metre, please make this a continuous piece,…