I am devoting most of this site to posting my thoughts on doll making, products I have tried and how art can address social justice issues as well as help us process some of our own feelings. There are so many how-to websites and blogs on doll making that one more voice in the crowd could get lost. I'm not offering more of the same. I would rather share my thoughts on the "whys" rather than the "hows". These posts can be found in Musings of a Doll Maker.
I will present my own patterns and designs that have been around for a while and have been identified by some of my peers as a standard for teaching about doll construction through my doll patterns. For years, my patterns and instructions have been the go-to for teachers and students alike, but I am always excited when I can learn something new and incorporate it into my own work and can share that with you through the Gallery and Shop pages.
Some of my finished pieces, that will more than likely , never be taught or converted into a pattern will be for sale. These pieces have specific and significant importance for me as an artist. I believe the message I want to convey in these pieces would be significantly altered if I were to teach them or sell them as patterns to the public. Patterns can be viewed in the Shopsection. It will be updated as more patterns come on line at Etsy. All sales from this section will be conducted through my Etsy site.
My hope is that as you look through the Gallery section you will be inspired to sit with your own art supplies, fabrics and whatever else you use to make art and play. Inquiries regarding the possible sale of items from this section can be directed to me through theContactTab on this site or through my Etsy site.
The Restorative Justice section is especially dear to me as a reminder of how the creative spirit connects with and changes the human condition for the betterment of all of us. It began as a blog in memory of my husband and his work after he passed, with articles and challenges of those involved in the criminal justice system. More articles and resources have been added connecting the arts to this most important subject matter. There will be times when my Musings may blend with or even overlap with the Restorative Justice section. This section also includes my husband's book, The Last Place I Looked, which I edited and can be purchased through Amazon and Balboa Press.
Rather than having a single reference section for resources, links to other websites, articles, blogs and social media will remain under the section where they first appeared.