On these pages you will find out a little about me and my family and my hopes and dreams for the future
I've been making dolls for as long as I can remember. My interest was aroused in 1988. As an Occupational Therapist working with the elderly mentally frail I was looking out for ideas for reminiscence and recall sessions. I decided dolls and toys from the past would be a good idea. In my naivity I thought it would be easy to go out and find old dolls and toys. I didn't know these were collectors items. So...I thought lets make some, reproduce them.I bought a book called 'Making Old fashioned Dolls' by Venus Dodge..I attempted some of the dolls in there and in the back was a list of suppliers........ I've never looked back!
Since 1989 I have been like a sponge learning as much as I could from some of the best dollmakers in the world and in 1990 I became a member of the Global Doll Society and attended the first of many conventions all over the world..It was a good thing my dolls were of a standard to be able to feed my habit!
I continue to be involved with the Global doll society and also with the United Federation of Doll Clubs (UFDC) based in Kansas USA
In 1997 my daughter Alice was born, and I moved house several times......the doll making took a back seat for a while, as I was only just able to use my kiln with an active child around but I re- discovered cloth dolls and working with different fabrics, Alice and I enjoy making some of these dolls together. Now that she is 15 years old she is more interested in the porcelain and I get a chance to play again!
So what am I doing these days? well I continue to run sewing classes, and I am back into teaching small project classes .I'm really enjoying cloth dollmaking and would really like more time to experiment some more (I like making teddies too!) and I am actively involved in the Southern Belles Chapter of the Global Doll Society Which has been in existence since 1993.